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The Boesmanskloof Traverse


The 14km Boesmanskloof Traverse takes you from the gentle, oak-lined streets of Greyton across the Riviersonderend mountain range to the glaring Karoo scrubland around the town of McGregor. No direct roads connect the two towns; to drive from one to the other involves a circuitous two-hour journey.

The classic way to cover the Traverse is to walk from Greyton to Die Galg (14km from McGregor), where people commonly spend the night, returning the same way to Greyton the following day. The Traverse rises and falls a fair bit, so you’ll have to contend with a lot of strenuous uphill walking. If you’re based in Greyton and don’t want to do the whole thing, walk to Oak Falls, 9km from Greyton, and back. Composed of a series of cascades, it’s the highlight of the route, its most impressive feature being a large pool where you can rest and swim in cola-coloured water.

You’re free to walk the first 5km of the trail and back, but to walk to Oak Falls or Die Galg, or to complete the whole route from Greyton to Die Galg, you will need a permit (R35 per person per day), booked in advance from the Greyton tourist information office.

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