Botmaskop to Saaltjie

Making our way from the parking near African Valley Estate, Kyle and I scrambled up towards Botmaskop. The first 30 minutes had us walking along a dirt road lined with Blue Gum trees, whereafter we emerged on the protea-rich slopes of Botmaskop. In this short section alone, I managed to spot Protea repens (Sugarbush), Protea nitida (Waboom) and Protea nerifolia, to name a few. A troop of baboons even greeted us near the top.

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Having taken a moment to appreciate the panoramic view we set off for Saaltjie. The terrain was easy going with a bit of boulder hopping here and there –  all the while I was on the lookout for the “wooden deck” that I had heard much about.

Success! We found the deck just before we reached Saaltjie. We stopped for coffee; ate some leftover Gino’s pizza and reflected on our great privilege to be sitting where we were!


Total distance: 11.09 km
Max elevation: 958 m
Min elevation: 226 m
Total climbing: 948 m
Total time: 03:58:01
Download file: 2016-14-27 Botmaskop to Saaltjie.gpx


Swartboskloof Trail


Up Stellenbosch Mountain

1 Comment

  1. The following information comes courtesy of Kim Martin

    “Please be careful, and don’t do this alone or in small groups: my fiance and I were walking on the trail in this area when we were accosted by two would-be muggers. One was waving a knife and making threats, but fortunately for us another 4 hikers appeared at the perfect moment, and the pair eventually ran away.

    According to the cops, there are currently over 30 cases on file for muggings in this area. We were at approximately -33.9281583,18.9019645 (position in Google Maps) when it happened.

    One of our rescuers had a GoPro, so we have some (blurry) footage of the two guys:

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