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Hiking the Boesmanskloof Trail


Justin Gootman

Justin Gootman

The Boesmanskloof Trail winds through the only gap in the rugged Riviersonderend mountain range. It is in the Robertson Karoo region of the south-western Cape. The trail links the small towns of Mcgregor in the north to Greyton in the south. It has become on of the most popular trails in the Western Cape, especially as the beautiful colonial-style town of Greyton lies at the one end.

The length of the trail is approximately 15,8 km and may be hiked within one day. It can be started from either Mcgregor or Greyton. While the trail lies just outside Greyton, it only commences 14 km to the south of Mcgregor at Die Galg.

Hikers may often choose to walk the trail there and back (a total of 28 Km ) and overnight in either of the two towns. Another delightful option is to begin the trail at Mcgregor and walk to Greyton, stay the night at the Post House Tel. (02822 9995) and return to Mcgregor the following day.

Useful Information

This is winter rainfall area (generally cold and wet) and the summer months are extremely warm and dry. Water may be required during the summer months. Physically the trail requires a reasonable degree of fitness as it continuously ascends, descends and contours the slopes of Boesmanskloof.

Permits are necessary, obtainable from the Sonderend State Forest in Robertson. No overnight camping is allowed on the trail. There is however, a municipal campsite in Greyton. Because the trail requires between 4 - 5 hours to complete, there is plenty of time for swimming and enjoying the views.

How to get there?

See directions from Cape Town to Greyton. Alternatively from Cape Town follow the N1 to Worcester (about 100 km), turn from the N1 to Robertson (about 55 km) and from there to Mccregor (about 25 km)

Main Attractions

The main attractions along the route are the spectacular mountain scenery; large rock pools waterfalls and Lovely Cape wildflowers. Highlights include views of the majestic Riviersonderend Mountains, with their steep gorges and the lush Greyton and Mcgregor valleys. Water is abundant in large rock pools.
There is a great diversity of plant species - many different Protea and Erica species occur here. The stream conebush and wild almond grow along the watercourses.

Animals found in the area include the duiker, Grey rhebuck, klipspringer, baboon, dassie and spotted genet. Leopard is very rare. Among the birds, species like the Black and booted eagle, Cape Sugarbird, malachite sunbird and other are found The hike is extremely popular among tourists and City dwellers. It is a total get-away and only one and a half-hours drive from Cape Town. Just being in Greyton itself is a walk into another world.

Contact for reservations
Cape Nature at Tel: (021) 659 3500

For accommodation on McGregor side contact:
Ruth Oosthuizen
* Tel: +27 23 625 1794
* Mobile: +27 72 240 0498 



The Boesmanskloof Hiking Trail also known as the McGregor/Greyton Hike is bordered by two breath-taking self-catering accommodation venues. Onverwacht Flora and Eagle’s Nest do not only supply overnight facilities to hikers but weekend guests often are accommodated in this peaceful environment. Onverwacht can house a minimum of 42 guests and Eagle’s Nest a minimum of 14.

Japie and Sandra Oosthuizen are the proud owners of both Eagle’s Nest and Onverwacht Flora which are situated about 2km from each other. Their position allows for much more activities to choose from, such as easier options to enjoy nature.

Onverwacht Flora and Eagle’s Nest are connected with one another via a short trail which boasts an abundance of magnificent views. However, for the more adventurous, some may rather want to use the Gobos River (with many swimming holes) to reach either of these two sites. The Gobos River with its many swimming holes flows through Onverwacht Flora and Eagle’s Nest to Greyton.

This is the ONLY accommodation venues that offer a massive three dimensional view over the Riviersonderend Mountains. Onverwacht Flora Accommodation on its own has a view over all the towns situated on the R62 (South Africa’s biggest wine route), the Overberg and the Boesmanskloof Trail.
LANDLINE:023625 1667
JAPIE CELL 0828941462
SANDRA CELL:0725144209

Posted by: Boesmanskloof Accommodation

We are the proudly owners of Onverwacht Flora and Eagle's Nest at the beginning and end of the Boesmanskloof McGregor-Greyton Trail.
Tel: 023 625 1667
Japie: 0828941462
Sandra: 0725144209

Posted by: Japie and Sandra Oosthuizen

Is recreational fishing possible in the rivers and rock pools? Also what type of fish are found here?

Posted by: Solomon

My grandfather is the owner of that big stone house also known as Eagle's Nest. My mother does all the booking, phone her at 023 625 1794 or on her cell 072 240 0498. Enjoy!

Posted by: Marisa

I have hiked the trail before and am interested in hiking there again. We stayed at die Galg last time and I was wondering if it was possible to stay in the big stone house near to Die Galg, we might be a group of 6+, is this possible and who do I contact?

When hiking the trail "out and back" you can overnight in either of the two towns where ample private accommodation is available. Private overnight facilities are also available at Die Galg. (Contact Robertson Tourism)

* Cape Nature
Tel: (021) 659 3500

* Robertson Tourism Bureau
Tel: (023) 626 4437
E-mail: info@robertson.org.za

Posted by: Justin Gootman




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