Day Hikes

Day hikes start about 300 meters from Rooikrans Camp on the way to Oom Japie.  The four routes are marked with yellow markers and there is a flush toilet at the starting point.

Grootkloof – 8km – Difficult

The route descends steeply to the first series of cliffs and a waterfall. From there it gradually winds down to the bottom of the great gorge (Grootkloof) and along the stream to Mooifontein waterfall. The route continues along the foot of the cliffs to the tip of the look out/rest point. From there it descends sharply to the stream which it crosses several times until it reaches the braai lapa at the bottom of Gladdekloof. This is about 6km from the start under shady trees next to a lovely clear stream. A gas braai is available here. The route now crosses the stream and turns sharply to the right to join the route from Oom Japie (white markers) below Skeurkloof. The two routes together go through the gorge, up the ladders, past Rock Pool and Rooikrans camp back to the starting point.

Tempelmurasie – 4.5km – Easy

The route crosses the road to Rooikrans at the bridge and follows the stream downwards past Rock Pool above Skeurkloof. The route on the northern side of Skeurkloof to the fenced ruins goes past large rocks and commands beautiful views across the valley. The Dying Sun Chariot Temple was built in order to view the midwinter sunset (June 21) over the top of Doornkop. The return route rejoins the route with which you came at Rock Pool. Hikers can have a swim here before returning to the starting point.

Skeurkloof – 3km – Moderately Easy

This shorter route descends steeply to below the cliffs from where it gradually slopes to the stream where it makes a sharp turn to the left. Here it joins Grootkloof route.

Sederberg – 2.5km – Easy

The similarity of the rock formations along this route to the Sederberg mountain range grants this route its name.  It is an easy route amongst large rocks and a beautiful lookout point across Grootkloof. A waterhole where it is safe to swim is an ideal resting point.  The way back joins to the first part of the route.