Our hike schedule is continually updated, but here is a list of upcoming hikes.

Please contact any committee member or our meets/hike coordinator for details.

Non members of the Mountain Club may only participate in a meet with prior approval of the meet leader. The meet leader may require the visitor to complete a Temporary Membership application which can be downloaded from the “Forms and Constitution” heading on this website. The completed form must be handed to the meet leader before the start of the meet.

Meet attendance confirmation: please let Meet Leaders know of your intention to attend a Meet by not later than two days before the meet, especially if lifts and other transport arrangements need to be made.

Please read the Description of Grades page to familiarise yourself with the new grading system










Sunday 25 March


Tony Bowen       071 162 0008     tonybowen24@gmail.com

This hike is for those who enjoy a walk through indigenous forests with an added bonus of swimming in the Silver River. Meet at the main gate of the Saasveld Campus of NMMU at 07h45. The route follows the Red Route of the Groeneweide Trails and is on a good path through the indigenous forest, with many species of trees and birds. After enjoying the pool (optional), the Red Route will be regained to complete the circuit. Total distance 15 km and about 6 hours.

Sat 14 – Sun 15 April


Karin van Niekerk  082 956 2422           karinvn@telkomsa.net

This hike is into the Langeberg wilderness area, starting from the Grootvadersbosch Nature reserve near Heidelberg. It is a circular hike and we will camp in the Grootvadersbosch reserve Friday night, 13 April.

Day 1: (14 km) ascends Dwarsberg along the eastern slopes of the reserve. The hike winds in and out of Bobbejaanskloof and Vaalrivierkloof until reaching a neck. We traverse from here in an easterly direction to reach the stone shelter at Helderfontein. It is not a hut but a very basic stone shelter with a roof and a nearby stream for water.

Day 2: (13km) is mostly downhill along Barend Koen se pad and then into the deep gorge of the Duivenhoks River back to the start.

Fri 27 April – Tue 1 May


Derek Odendaal 076 292 2866    dodendaal@mweb.co.za

We will have a base camp at the Dam Bush Camp at Matjiesvlei near Calitzdorp on the banks of the Gamka River, in the foothills of the Swartberg. There are shaded camping spots, good ablutions, hot water, but no electricity points. We will do different day hikes in this beautiful area (also on the farms of the surrounding land owners): through the foothills of the Swartberg; into the Gamka River gorge; along the slopes of the Swartberg, as well as a 2-day hike to the higher parts of the Swartberg. We will have to drive a few kilometres to get to some of the hikes.
Mountain biking, fishing and water activities are also possible. Be prepared for chilly nights on the river bank. Bring your own braai wood. Only high clearance vehicles can reach the camp. The other vehicles can be parked 2 km from the camp. The plan is to meet up at the camping site on the afternoon of the 27th (the Friday). We can go in from 2 pm.
Cost: They charge R200 per vehicle per night, so R800 per vehicle for the whole weekend. They don’t limit the tents per vehicle. To bring down the cost per person, we must limit the number of vehicles entering the farm. So, if we can go in at 4 persons per vehicle, it is only R200 per person for the weekend. A booking was made for 6 vehicles, and we must pay a deposit of R1200. To book your place for this great weekend in the Swartberg, a deposit of R100 per person is required before 26 February. Please contact the leader for further details.

Fri 11 – Sat 12 May

SPITSKOP WEEKEND –  Grades: 1 to 4

Cheryl Devine  083 260 5678 cdcheryldevine@gmail.com

Spitskop is the pointed peak near Meiringspoort in the Swartberg and is a fairly easy but very satisfying climb from the north. We will travel on Friday 11th to a guest farm, Welgemond, on the starkly beautiful northern slopes of the Swartberg.

Accommodation is in a cottage and rooms in the huge farmhouse, while any overflow can be taken up by

We will climb the peak on Saturday and braai on Saturday evening. Those who do not want to do the peak may like to start the walk and possibly go as far as the neck or stroll around the farm and surrounds.

We will be taking our mountain bikes with us and on Sunday plan to do a 30-km circuit ride on farm roads.

Sunday 20 May


Tony Bowen        071 162 0008 tonybowen24@gmail.com

This Hike starts from an apple farm in Waboomskraal which is in the valley just over the Outeniqua Pass and follows a dirt track uphill through farmland to reach the boundary of the Doring Rivier Wilderness area. An amazingly beautiful and unspoiled reserve in the Outeniqua mountains, rich in fynbos and stunning mountain scenery. From the start of the reserve we follow a circular path winding through fynbos recovering from a previous fire and ascending along a rocky ridge to gain a low peak, giving a view as far as Oudtshoorn on a clear day. From here the path descends steeply in places, down to the river. This part of the path in the valley is often somewhat overgrown; however, we soon reach a disused jeep track which takes us on an easy gradual ascent back to the start of the circuit. There is an excellent swimming hole along the jeep track some 3.5 km from the end.

Distance: about 14.5 km, with up and downs. Time: 6 hours including breaks. Clothing: please wear good footwear – some lose and rocky sections, and warm clothing – it is often cold and gusty on the mountain. Grade 2M – involves only the odd scramble at the peak itself. Meet at 08h30 at the Engen filling station – the last one on the right at traffic circle as you leave George towards Oudtshoorn on the N12/N9, opposite a Spar/Virgin Active gym. Please note: parking at the start of the hike has become severely restricted. We need to have as few cars there as possible.

Fri 1 June – Sun 3 June

GECKO TRAIL – LANGEBERG (HIKE and/or MTB) – Grade: 1 – 2+H

Ed Shuttleworth          084 737 5882            ekayshuttleworth@gmail.com

After arriving at Simonskloof Mountain Retreat on the Friday afternoon / evening, we will leave early Saturday morning to complete leg A of the Gecko Trail from Simonskloof to Nuy. This is a 16 km hike (8-9 hours) with frequent river crossings though no swimming should be required. After a short climb we reach the highest point of the day affording wonderful views along the Western Langeberg. From here we descend about 500 metres in height into the formidable Nuy River gorge which we will then follow to our destination.

The weekend will be based at Simonskloof Mountain Retreat campsite, so we will need to get back there after our day’s hike. This is a 75-minute drive. On Sunday we will explore the immediate surrounds of Simonskloof by means of several shorter walks. There are also Mountain Bike trails ranging from 10 – 40 km so those inclined should bring their bikes for the Sunday. Those who don’t fancy the Saturday hike, which is quite a tiring one, should not be deterred from coming to relax and unwind for the weekend in this beautiful and little-known valley. For those who don’t like camping, there are also other accommodation options. Check it out at http://www.simonskloof.com – there is also the option, for those who don’t need to tear back for Monday morning, to spend the whole Sunday at the retreat and return at a leisurely pace on Monday.

Sat 16 June


Fred van Berkel  072 112 6507        fn.vanberkel@gmail.com

This is an easy, out-and-back 6 km beach walk from Platbank, Sedgefield to some 120 000-year-old ungulate tracks thought to be made by a long-horned buffalo. The tracks are preserved in fossilized dune rock exposed on the Goukamma Nature Reserve coast. On route, we will stop at tracks attributed to lion, elephant, the giant Cape horse and others.
I will give a talk at the MCSA social on the 3rd May entitled Hiking in the Garden Route during the Pleistocene where I will explain the variable paleo-climate conditions that shaped the distinctive Garden Route coastal scenery we see today and what hiking conditions would have been like for our ancestors. You will benefit from attending the 3rd May talk should you wish to do this stroll into the past.

Directions: Take the Groenvlei – Lake Pleasant turnoff about 1 km east of Sedgefield at the western end of Groenvlei and drive to Platbank beach. Meet at Platbank parking lot at 09h00. We walk for 3 km along the beach (low tide at 11h30) towards Buffalo Bay stopping at 10 or more trace fossil sites. After a snack break we return to Myoli.
Wear appropriate beach footwear.

Fri 22 – Sun 24 June


Greg Devine    044 871 4755 or 083 378 2587 devinemachines@gmail.com

This will be the high traverse from Buffelsrivier to Mannetjiesberg in the Kammanassie, over three days. There is a trail for the first and last day but in between, we will follow the ridge. We will need tents and to carry some water for the middle day. A vehicle will be left at the foot of Mannetjiesberg to return us to the start at Buffelsrivier.

Sunday 19 August


Tony Bowen       071 162 0008 tonybowen24@gmail.com

This is one of the easier peaks in the Outeniquas. Vensterberg is the peak on your left as you top out on the Outeniqua Pass, heading out of George. Just over the pass there is a right-hand turn into the parking area of the stumpy telecoms mast (the satellite or sputnik). Meet here at 08h00. We cross the main road and head up the easy slopes on a faint path. It is easy going all the way to within 25 metres of the summit, when a bit of easy scrambling is needed. The 360-degree view from the top and the view of Mossel Bay through the ‘window’ are the attractions. It will take about 7 hours with stops for tea and lunch.

Sat 25 August

CRADOCK PEAK (1 579 m) & GEORGE PEAK (1 337m) – Grade: 3H

Stewart Stiles              044 874 6208 or 082 552 2653                 sstiles0@gmail.com

We meet at Witfontein Forest Station at 07h00 to start hiking the Cradock and George Peak Trail. This hike will take the whole day (estimated time back at cars at Witfontein 16h00 to 17h00) so an early start is essential. The route is out and back summiting BOTH Cradock Peak first and then George Peak on the way back and covers about 23 kilometres. Elevation gain 1330 meters. There is very little water on the hike, so you must bring enough for the day. It can get cold and windy on the top so all-weather gear is a must. To reach Cradock Peak there is a small section of scrambling that must be done – this is the Grade 3 section (George Peak grade is 2+H). We walk on a well-trodden path all the way. It is a long way and is quite strenuous, so a good degree of fitness is required.

Fri 21 – Wed 26 September


Karin van Niekerk     082 956 2422 karinvn@telkomsa.net

This 5-day and 4-night trail has been opened again for hikers. It is situated above Swellendam in the Marloth
Nature reserve in the Langeberg mountain range. It traverses through fynbos and into isolated valleys with streams and indigenous forests. The trail follows a circular route over 5 days. It is described as one of the most beautiful in the Western Cape. The hike covers 58 km and is strenuous. We will leave for Swellendam on Thursday 20th of September and stay in a cottage in the Marloth Reserve.

Thu 4 – Sun 7 October


Greg Devine & Werner Illenberger – 044 871 4755 or 083 378 2587       devinemachines@gmail.com

The last few times that we have done Cockscomb has been from the north, but this time we will take the route from the south, which is reputed to be a bit harder but much more interesting. We will probably get Werner Illenberger from EP Section to guide us. At least one night will be spent in the top cave. More details to follow if there is sufficient interest.

Fri 2 – Tue 6 Nov


Greg Devine    044 871 4755 or 083 378 2587 devinemachines@gmail.com

This will be the high traverse along the ridge-line from Towerkop to Seweweekspoort Peak. Four nights will be required, sleeping in caves and shelters. We will have to carry our water for each day, but there is water at the caves. This is a tough hike with no trail, over rough country.