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.
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!
Max elevation: 958 m
Min elevation: 226 m
Total climbing: 948 m
Total time: 03:58:01