To Moer n Gone
Hiking and Trail running
Note: The start of the route, 9km away from the lodge. A drop-off fee of R 150 applies
CO-ORDINATES: 33°20'51.53"S, 21°27'42.36"E
DISTANCE: ± 7.06km (points 1 to 10 on map)
± 9.31km (point 1 to lodge)
ASCENT: ± 130m (point 1 to 10 on map)
± 136m (point 1 to lodge)
DESCENT: ± 574m (point 1 to 10 on map)
± 713m (point 1 to lodge)
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: CHALLENGING (STEEP)
ESTIMATED TIME: ± 3hrs (point 1 to 10 on map)
± 3.5hrs (point 1 to lodge)
MIN. ELEVATION: 652m (along route itself)
MAX. ELEVATION: 1 226m (along route itself)
MARKED WITH: White Arrows & Footprints
The route: This is the sister route to the established TO HELL & GONE 4x4, MTB & Hiking route.
The starting point is about 1 km east of our top entrance gate, about 9 km from the lodge. Guests will be taken up by our guides in a Landrover and will leave their own vehicle 2.3 km from the lodge at the route exit point. Our guides will drop you at point 1, sign posted Van Wyks Kloof (elevation 1115m, 280m from reserve main road). The path is clearly visible and marked, with the start properly indicated by a large signposted arrow (2). This is a scenic route supreme. After a 750m walk you will get to one of our Big Five look-out points (4) overlooking the Southern part of the Reserve. Spend some time there – breakfast perhaps! (Arrange with the chef in advance for a packed breakfast). Thereafter you will follow the path in a mainly eastern direction(3, signposted START) – on the northern side of the crest of the mountain hills to a small rest point (5) about 1.9km in. Do not take the Crest Route – it is a short hike returning to the starting point. But you have no transport there!
The north facing upper ridges of this mountainous hill have an interesting community of plants. Quite locally abundant here are amongst others Num-Num (Carissa haematocarpa), Sosatiebos (Crassula rupestris), Aloe ferox (you will pass a very tall Aloe ferox at point 7), Aloe comptonii, Klipnoors (Euphorbia heptagona), Melkbos (Euphorbia mauritanica), Euphorbia rhombifolia and Common guarri (Euclea undulate). Another interesting plant that occurs here is the Gifbol/Tumbleweed (Boophone disticha) which was used locally to make poison for arrow tips by the San. Between points 5 and 8 you will find areas of pristine Karoo vegetation.
Apart from one section where you have to cross over a hill/ridge the going is basically downhill with a total descent of 574m over a distance of 7km. At point (9) you will reach a drainage line which travels eastward towards the end of the route and your waiting vehicle. There is the option to walk all the way back to the lodge, i.e. also doing the last 2.3 km instead of leaving your car at the exit point.
Here and there you will find old fence lines (6 and 8) as a proof of what pioneer farmers of old conquered to make a living in this dry land. Most internal fences on the reserve have been removed.
There is a good chance that you will spot Greater Kudu, Klipspringer, Grey Rhebuck, Chacma Baboon, Verreaux eagle…and if you’re lucky the small Hewitt’s Red Rock Rabbit. The lozenge shaped droppings along the route belong to this small rabbit. You might well also spot Caracal and Cape Mountain Leopard droppings along the trail, but the chances of seeing either of these elusive predators are slim. Animals will use the path of least resistance and quickly take to using tracks made by humans, cleared of bushes and other hindrances.
On returning to the lodge go straight to the bar and enjoy a nice cold beverage of your choice, you deserve it!
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