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Thunberg Hiking Trail in the Kasteelberg, Riebeek Valley

Thunberg Hiking Trail in the Kasteelberg, Riebeek ValleyAt the summit of the Thunberg Hiking Trail in the Riebeek Valley, you are rewarded with great views of Table Mountain and the Cape in one direction, and of the Piketberg, Cederberg and beyond in the other. This  3km hiking trail is rated as easy to moderate and is ideal for children. First get yourself a permit from the Riebeek Valley Tourism on the square in Riebeek Kasteel. +27 22 448 1545.

The start of the trail is Pulpit Rock Winery, which is just north of Riebeek West on the R311. Walk up the path between the vines (but please do not stray into the cultivated area), until you are above the vineyards -below will be the Pulpit Rock Winery.

Thunberg Hiking Trail in the Kasteelberg, Riebeek ValleyFollow a jeep track that runs sharply up to the right. The track soon becomes a narrow trail, continuing up the slope to a very large cairn. The next landmark is a large wild olive tree. Keep on the path and you will see it follows a ravine up to a series of rocky outcrops. By pass these outcrops. Once above these, there is no formal path but the vegetation becomes much lower and it is easy to walk up to the summit. Remember your route up as this will also be your descent route. Avoid the obvious sheer rock faces and the route up, although fairly steep, is not difficult.

More info on the town of Riebeek West More info on the Swartland area

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