Swartberg Hiking Trail
Oudtshoorn, Western Cape Province
The road from Beaufort West to George when it traverses the Meiringspoort Pass in the Swartberg Mountains must rank as one of the most scenic routes in South Africa. It certainly planted a seed in my mind that one day I should come back and walk to walk the Swartberg Hiking Trail. I realized this ambition in September 2004 and certainly was not disappointed with what I found. The trail is not an easy trail by any means and the weather can change from hour to hour so one needs to pack for any eventuality.
The Swartberg Hiking Trail is a tough trail but well worth the effort in doing it. Do not underestimate the weather, you could have and probably will have, every type of weather there is to be had during the course of five days of hiking. Although the trail follows a jeep track for a longer distance than I would normally like, the scenery is so spectacular that one can easily forget this.
Bothashoek S 33° 20'05.3" E 22° 07'30.3"
De Hoek S 33° 21'58.4" E 22° 10'35.7"
Gouekrans S 33° 19'09.7" E 22° 14'20.6"
Ou Tol S 33° 20'49.7" E 22° 02'23.4"
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