Eduard and I had long since planned on going hiking, so we decided to make a day of it. Instead of the normal Panorama trail we opted for the longer route, heading up to Bergriviernek and down Swartboskloof.  I was eager to hike again, seeing as my last venture outside had been the Drakensberg tour of July.

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We parked at the Witbrug (bridge) and started the ascent up to Bergriviernek. The effects the fire earlier in the year were still clearly evident, yet the mountains were much greener than I had seen them previously.

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We came across shoulder-height daisies just before we reached the top and proceeded further to have lunch on Bergriviernek. With clear skies to thank, we could see far into Assegaaiboskloof as well as the Jonkershoek valley.

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We headed on, with Victoria peak to our left and Stellebosch to our right. Soon we passed the sign for Boegoekloof and Kurktrekker and were rewarded with views of Gordon’s Bay, Somerset West and Helderberg.

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 After taking in the view, we started the descent on the boulder field that is Swartboskloof. Halfway down we stopped for a swim in the river, which was very refreshing given the heat.

Total distance: 20.07 km
Max elevation: 1261 m
Min elevation: 321 m
Total climbing: 1404 m
Total time: 07:35:16
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