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Exploring trails in the Outeniqua Mountains.

 

Outeniqua Mountains

 

Cape Fold Mountains.

The Outeniqua Mountain Range extends from Mossel Bay in the west toPlettenberg Bay in the East. A section of the Cape Fold Mountains, the range extends parralel to the Garden Route coastline in an east west alignment approxiideal 19km from the beach.

 

Craddock Peak

 

The range is vegetated with predominantly Fynbos with pockets of Afromontane Forest and sections of cultivated pine plantations.Criss crossing this mountain range is a series of jeep tracks and trails which are ideal for hiking.

 

There is a core of trails flanking the north of the town of George and the renowned Outeniqua Trail which extends from Beervlei easat of WIlderness and continues to Harkerville between Knysnan and Plettenberg Bay.

 

Mountain Safety

The mountain trails are short but steep with a 8km hike delivering up to 1250m vertical ascent. Though not particularly high, the mountain range does present a host of natural threats.

 

Cloudy mountains

 

Weather

Prone to rapidly changing weather conditions that can differ drastically from the the coastal plateau below, hikers should carry suitable protective gear at all times, even on a short half day hike. The cloud base can often form at 500m above sea level.

Another weather threat, even in mid winter, is a NW catabatic wind phenomena called a Berg Wind. A hot dry wind that can raise air temperatures to 35 deg Celcius, preperation needs to include am[le water and sun protection.

 

Mountain River

 

Water

Above 350m there are very few flowing rivers or seeps and ample water should be carried at all times, particularly if hiking on days that a berg wind is blowing.

 

Snakes

Though not often seen, two snakes that can pose a risk are the Mountain Adder and Puffadder. Both of these species are ambush species, prefferring to lie still in the sun on a trail. Often the leading hiker can walk right over one sunning itself, only to have it rear up in defense at the approach of the second hiker. Both are toxic, and require attention, but their main danger is not being seen.

 

Berg Adder

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Mountain High.

Peak Ascent

In close proximity to George, there are plenty of peaks to summit, but the popular peaks are Craddock Peak (the highest), George Peak, Tierkop, Keurkop, Vensterberg offering hikes ranging from 5.5km to 18km.

Popular Peaks

Craddock Peak

Guided Mountain Hikes

Garden Route Trail offer guided hikes to the following peaks :

  1. Craddock Peak and George Peak (18km)
  2. Vensterberg (6km)
  3. Keurkop (5km or 12km)
  4. Loskop Peak (10km)
  5. Tierkop (12km or 18km)

The chosen peak for an outing will depend on guests fitness levels and hiking experience.

 

Cost : Base rate of R980.00 for the first two people, thereafter R450.00/person. Groups rates are avaialble.

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Mountain Traverse

Between Peaks

Not everyone wants to head for the highest peak, instead preferring to saunter through the mountains to enjoy the scenery, inspect the flora and hopefully see some elusive wildlife.

The Tierkop Trail and the extension to the saddle between the Craddock Peak and Kranskop is a less strenuous hike with pockets of pristine pockets of forest.

Kloof Forest

Guided Mountain hikes:

  1. Pass to Pass loop
  2. Tierkop and George Dam Loop

George Dam

 

Cost :Base rate of R980.00 for the first two people, thereafter R450.00/person. Groups rates are avaialble.

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Expedition

Backcountry

In 2018 a wild fire raged through the Garden Route, burning 108,000 Ha along the Outeniqua Mountains.

As devestating as this event was, it provided the ecological function of clearing the Fynbos and opening up access to the mountains, creating the oppurtunity to explore sections of the mountains that were inaccessble for the past 30 years (when the last major fire occured).

As a fire climax floral kingdom, the Fynbos has been rejuvinated as a result of the 2018 wild fires, resulting in a vibrant floral wonderland to enjoy on all hikes in the mountains.

Cave camping

Multi Day Expeditions

There are options for a two day, 3 day and 4 day mountain hike, overnighting in tents and caves.

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