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Hiking Silwefontein

We were told that this is an easy hike, “a walk in the park”. Yeah right, don’t get caught with this lie, as all hik­ers know, there is no such thing as an easy hike, (except maybe Sil­hou­ette hik­ing trail in Suther­land.) Nowa­days we are for­tu­nate to have so much infor­ma­tion at our fin­ger­tips, so that none of us have to go “blindly” into a hike any­more. Once again it was our fault for not read­ing up on the hike first, as some of the mem­bers in our group took some seri­ous strain.

The first night we slept in the bus, and to put it mildly, we missed its glory days. If sleep­ing in an old bus does not appeal to you, there are also chalets avail­able When we hiked Sil­w­erk­loof the site around the bus looked neglected, and we were wan­der­ing if the “car­port” was going to come crash­ing down on our heads. We were told in advance that there is only a cold water shower and absolutely no fires are to be made. (Although the brochure con­tra­dicts itself.) When you see all the dry veg­e­ta­tion around the bus (and expe­ri­ence the wind) one can under­stand why no fires are allowed.

If you have time to get to Sil­w­erk­loof early enough, I would sug­gest you try your hand at fish­ing. We spent a cou­ple of hours at the dam and we were lucky enough to land quite a few fish. For­tu­nately we could also light a small weber where we could braai our meat, at a very relaxed pace next to the dam.

If you are a keen moun­tain biker there are plenty roads and trails to keep you per­spir­ing for hours on end. Canoe­ing is not encour­aged as the wind is known to pick up very quickly. It is always advis­able to enquire about all the activ­i­ties before hand at farm management.


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If you have hiked Arang­ieskop (Mike Lundy describes Arang­ieskop as the “Ever­est” of the West­ern Cape) divide that by two , and you will have a rough idea of what you are let­ting your­self in for.

The cave was spot­lessly clean. I thought to myself “wow, hik­ers know how to leave the envi­ron­ment clean” , only to find out that farm man­age­ment was there a few days before to clean up three black bags of rub­bish, left by the pre­vi­ous group of hik­ers. I guess one will always get some peo­ple that don’t give a hoot.

No fires are allowed at the cave and there is no water. The water issue is prob­a­bly why this hike is not that pop­u­lar. Car­ry­ing five liters of water up the moun­tain is not that pleas­ant, but never the less I thought that the views and the expe­ri­ence of sleep­ing in a cave was worth the effort.

I only had three litres of water with me, but I am fairly light on water, and I think that in sum­mer even five litres might be to lit­tle. We were there at the end of win­ter and there was a small stream about 20 min­utes before the cave, but I doubt whether there will be water in the hight of summer.

The path on the way down is fairly well marked, even though we had to back­track a few times. The path was quite over grown at places and the bush fire also did not make the the going easier.

Would I do this hike again? Yes, def­i­nitely, but I don’t think in the hight of summer.

Sil­w­er­fontein, Gouda
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Hike Details
Near­est Town Gouda Max Per­sons The bus sleeps 10
Dis­tance from Town 11 km, 15 mins Overnight Shel­ter In a cave
Map to start of hike View Map Brochure Click here
No of days 2 Trail Type Cir­cu­lar
Tips and things to do

These tips will prob­a­bly apply to many hikes, but this is what we thought should not be forgotten

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