The Olde Limietberg Trail

The Olde Limietberg Trail - Southern Africa : The Old Limietberg Trail operated from the 1980s until the 2000 fires. The 2015 fire destroyed the derelict accommodation huts at Happy Valley. The trail linked the DuToitskloof and Bainskloof Passes via the Witte River. Day one started in the Dal Jos

The Old Limietberg Trail operated from the 1980s until the 2000 fires. The 2015 fire destroyed the derelict accommodation huts at Happy Valley.

The trail linked the DuToitskloof and Bainskloof Passes via the Witte River.
Day one started in the Dal Josephat Plantations at the Forestry Offices, where there was secure parking. It headed through the plantations to the summit of the DuToitskloof Pass, where a track (now almost impassable - today one would have to walk the tar road to the microwave towers, but the private property that this traverses is closed to the general public) took one over onto the Nuwejaarsvlakte. Fast hikers had the choice of bagging Nuwejaars Peak - a worthwhile view - with several exciting plants en route - or the Kromme River pools in the Kromme River. A descent into the Witte River offered an alternate lunch spot at Junction Pool. From there is was a short hop to the overnight accommodation at Happy Valley.

Day two offered two options: an easy walk to Eerstetol (with the Hotel bar) or a challenging (summer only) boulder hop along the Witte River (requiring rucksacks to be waterproofed) to Eerstetol, from which one ascends the ridge to the East of Limietkop (another peak to bag if one is still feeling energetic and superfit) before descending into Wolwekloof for the final leg to Tweedetol with its picnic sites and pools.

Today access to day one is largely limited to members of the Mountain Club of SA who have the Kromme River Hut which accesses the mountains especially around the Krome River and Slanghoek area.
Day two is still hikable, and a short two day hike offers a reverse route around Limietberg, with the option of coming back along the same, or the Bainskloof Pass road itself, or in summer, boulderhopping down the Witte River. Junction Pool is accessible via the Happy Valley Trail starting at Eerstetol.

02 Mar 2016
Tony Rebelo