Duiwelskloof and Drakenstein Peak

It’s not often that I get some of my favourite mountain people together for such an epic trip. Even though Dalene couldn’t make it, it was definitely still a blast to have the likes of Alex, Oliver, MO, Donna and Willie with to head up Duiwelskloof.

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Although MO told me to reserve judgement till I’ve experienced the Hex, I can’t help but find Duiwelskloof to be the most beautiful kloof I’ve ever seen. From dramatic rock-faces, stark stone and blood red amaryllids, everything kept us in full wonder.

We started at Kylemore from the Banhoek conservancy and headed straight for the kloof, from which the cairns were reasonably easy to follow. The route is nothing if not steep and bouldered, but the near constant shade and perennial stream acts as a constant motivating companion. There is one slightly technical section where a bit of rock scrambling is required, but nothing truly dangerous.

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Total distance: 15.47 km
Max elevation: 1421 m
Min elevation: 250 m
Total climbing: 1674 m
Total time: 23:18:12
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2 Comments

  1. Laura Fraser

    Hi Peter Thompson, I’m a keen hiker and am eyeing to do the walk from Landdroskop hut to Jonkershoek. Its apparently about 17.5 km . Do you know anything about it and are the paths along the top clear? Walked a small section last I was up there but was very misty.
    Thanks
    Laura Fraser

    • Hi Laura, the path is pretty clear (a section burnt about two years ago) for the most part, with a small section between Sneeukop and Jonkers with a dense stand of Protea lacticolor. It’s not impenetrable by any means though!

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