Co-ordinates:  S32⁰ 17′ 14″ E18⁰ 45′ 15″

Grade: 3 | Distance: 10km and 25km | Duration: 2-6 hours | Category: Self-Drive | Cost: R100 per vehicle for the 10km trail, R180 for the 25km trail and R200 if you do both.

Enjoy panoramic views of the Cedarberg Mountains, Clanwilliam and Graafwater from the top of Platklip, which you’ll climb from the start of the trail.  There’s a variety of challenges from steep ascents and descents to technical driving sections where you’ll have to negotiate your passage around and over large rock formations.

On the last section to the Platklip viewpoint, you’ll cross a stream and the difficulty depends on the time of year.  Your skills and vehicle traction will be tested, but damage to your vehicle isn’t likely.

Getting there

From Cape Town, take the N7 to Graafwater.  After the town, turn right at the Jakkelsvlei gravel road.  Turn right at the sign to Nokkie se Hokkie and follow this road to the campsite.

Where to stay

Five and seven-sleeper self-catering units are available and there’s also a rustic six-sleeper sandstone shelter with bunk beds, bucket shower and long drop toilet.  From R450 a night for up to five people and R80 for each extra adult.

Who to contact

Tel 083 632 2634, email lambertshoek@telkomsa.net, www.boegoeberg4x4.co.za

Source: Boegoeberg 4×4 Trail