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Kalanderkloof and Uitsig Hiking Trails

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Directions to Kalanderkloof

This trail is in Nature’s Valley, which is 30 kilometres east of Plettenberg Bay. Take the N2 from Plett, and then, just before you reach the toll gate, turn right onto the R102. Travel about 11.5 kilometres to the Grootrivier and De Vasselot Camp site.

The Kalanderkloof trail starts from this camp site. You’ll see a small parking area and a picnic table just off the road. From the picnic table, cross the tar road and you will see a path that leads into the fynbos. The vegetation here is quite tall, and you will not be able to see very well until you reach the view point, which is about 15 minutes’ walk away. The path that leads into the valley and Kalanderpad is off to the right just before one reaches the view point. It is well sign posted.

Start

Take the path across the tar road from the picnic table. Follow it until you reach the view point; from here you’ll see the sign that marks the start to the trail.

End

Back at the Campsite, or at the De Vasselot gate, if you took the last stretch to the “Uitsig” viewpoint.

Distance

6 kilometres

Duration

2 hours

Rating

Fairly Difficult to Difficult

Permit

Obtain a free permit and a pamphlet from the office at the gate of De Vasselot Camp Site

Features

Very beautiful indigenous forest, deep valley, breathtaking views of the whole area.

Take With

You will need the following:

  • sunglasses,
  • good walking shoes,
  • insect repellent,
  • refreshments and water,
  • camera,
  • binoculars

Please Note

Important points to remember about this hike:

  • It’s advisable to do this walk in the second half of the day, because there is more light in the valley then, and you’ll be able to photograph the views better.
  • The path can get quite slippery after there’s been rain.

Description

From the viewpoint with its terrific views, you’ll follow the path. It will drop quite steeply down from the ridge into the valley. At the bottom of the valley, you’ll be treated to fairytale surroundings of towering ferns and trees, and a meandering stream that you’ll need to cross several times. At the far end, the forest starts to thin, where you can either turn around and climb up the other side of the ridge and return to the camp site, or follow the signs to another viewpoint, “Uitsig”.

This path is also quite steep, but again will reward you with some brilliant scenery and photo opportunities. This short section of the route is well marked, and will pass through the forest, across the main road, to end at the De Vasselot gate.

Highlights

  • Spectacular views of the whole valley, with the sea and mountains in the background.
  • A beautiful example of some of South Africa’s indigenous forest. You’ll see breathtaking flora – you’ll look down upon many magnificent Outeniqua Yellowwoods as you descend parts of this trail, and also many giant stralitzia.

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