In the July of 2015 I had headed to the Drakensberg with the BTK, fully prepared to see snow up-close for the first time. The first night we slept on top of the Amphitheatre, whereafter we awoke to a very light dusting of snow. From here we drove to Underberg and spent a few nights in the surrounding mountains. On the final evening the temperature dropped well below freezing, and this time I woke up in a frozen sleeping bag, but alas, no snow. Thus, to see snow here in the Western Cape (albeit but a little) is a real privilege!
Joe, Shane and myself made our way to the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve – we were finally going to hike the Perdekop Trail! The skies were clear and the mountains frosted; this being exactly what we were looking for.
We made our way from the car park down to the Du Toits river, from where a very steep climb ensued. We stopped to catch our breath and an elderly couple came past; their fitness putting us to shame.
From early on we started to see frost and snow; further, we spotted Goudini-Sneeukop with its cap of snow – this did well to motivate us to get to Perdekop faster (before all the snow melted).
A stone cairn marks Perdekop, and it was here where Joe and I stopped for coffee. Perdekop is rather special, in the fact that to the north lies Stettynskloof Dam; to the north-west, Wemmershoek Dam, and to the south-west you have the Bergrivier Dam (and even the Theewaterskloof Dam in the south). We took the time to enjoy the snow, and then headed back down.
This must truly be one of the most awe-inspiring hikes I have done in the Boland. There is a inexplicable crispness to the air and water. It is as if one can see everything from the vantage point of Perdekop. Above all, there is a regal silence to the mountain that one usually only finds on muli-day hikes – it is quite an experience.
Max elevation: 1583 m
Min elevation: 669 m
Total climbing: 1151 m
Total time: 05:33:33