Boland Hiking Trail
Nuweberg to Landroskop
The Boland Hiking Trail is a three day hike situated in the 70 000 ha Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve, approximately 90 km from Cape town. Fortunately there are there are various options available, one does not have to hike the whole three days in one go. With only two days on hand we decided to do the the most popular option being the Nuweberg to Landroskop route, and back to Nuweberg via the jeep track.
I first did some googling on this hike, as I had no clue of what to expect, and to my amazement I was shocked to learn that this hike has claimed many lives over the years. One often has this sense of false safety when you think that you are close to home and help should be close at hand. Most of the deaths were caused by hypothermia, and this is probably why this hike is closed during the worst winter months, namely July and August.
Although the route from Nuweberg to Landroskop is only 12km long, we expected it to be really tough, according to the gradient on one of the sites on the internet, but much to our surprise we thought that it was one of the easier hikes that we have done. I must also add that we walked it on one of those perfect clear winters days, and had this been one of those blisteringly hot days we all would have had a different opinion on how easy this day might be.
We also had two newbie hikers with us and they seemed to have enjoyed it thoroughly. We heard no complaints what so ever.
Apparently the huts has gone through a makeover, with a deck and a braai lappa being added quite recently. From the deck of Shamrock Lodge hut we had spectacular views over the Theewaterskloof dam and the sunrise the next morning.
Day two is not much of a hike, it took us less than two and a half hours to get back to Nuweberg, but the views were jaw dropping. In summer this must be a great walk with all the water holes begging you to jump in.
And now about the dog. I have been asked more than once if you can take your dog with on the hike. No definitely not. We suspect that this very friendly dog belongs to one of the families working at the forestry station. This dog was very determined to walk with us, and nothing we did would stop her from tagging along. She lead the way and we actually enjoyed her company in the end. She must have walked this hike at least six times to the once that we did it, and just as mysteriously as she joined us she disappeared at the end of the hike again. She did not even bother to hang around for our group photo.
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|Boland Hiking Trail|
|Tel no||021 483 0190||G.P.S.|
|Nearest Town||Grabouw||Max Persons|
|Distance from Town||Overnight Shelter||Yes, in huts|
|Map to start of hike||Brochure||Click Here|
|No of days||We walked two of the the three days||Trail Type||Circular|
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