Cogmanskloof Hiking Trail

We spent the weekend at a the lovely Merwenstein Guest Farm but took a slow drive from Cape Town and stopped for beer and lunch at Saggy Stone just before Robertson.

Once we were all settled into our lovely rooms, we took a nice walk around the fruit farm, watched the sun set and enjoyed a lovely vegetarian dinner that everyone contributed to.

On the Saturday morning we got up reasonably early to do the Cogman’s Kloof hike in Montagu. A 12.1km circular hiking route, +- 6 hours. The summit is at 690 m with beautiful views of Montagu, rock formations, proteas, fynbos, aloes and wild flowers along the way. It is shorter, and does not climb as high as the Bloupunt but in the heat it felt much longer than 12.1km. I do not consider this a moderate hike and you must be hiking fit.

A quick stop at the Leidam Bird Sanctuary, Montagu.

We arrived at the hike start at about 8, but decided to add a bit extra to our hike by going onto the Waterfall along the Bloupunt Hike. This turned out not such a good idea as there was not much of a waterfall and we only started with the Cogmanskloof Hike at 10 and it was already very hot.

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Sadly 2 of our group could not mange and had to bail out after the 1st uphill climb. It is one of those hikes that when you think you are almost at the top, you have another uphill or 4 to go…

We arrived at the top and stopped briefly for a breather…

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The long descent started, until we stopped just after the half way mark for a 20 minute break and at this point a few of the group were already running out of water.

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Once you get down you still have to go up a hill and back down again 2 hills… We were exhausted, hot and basically had no more water when we stopped on a grass patch. After the 2nd uphill we got to a path leading to the main road and bailed out of the last 2 km and headed to town for a ice-cold beer.

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You can overnight at Klipspringer hut, and combine this with Bloupunt as a two-day hike. Overnight accommodation is available at Klipspringer Cabin 1,5km from the parking area. This is a stone cabin with dormitory-type sleeping quarters for 12 hikers in total – 6 in each room. Woodfired stoves, braai facilities, hot water ablution and toilet facilities are available. I am sure we will be back to do the Bloupunt hike but in cooler weather and better prepared.

A valid permit is required to enter the mountain reserve and hike the trails this can be obtained at either entry of the reserve at Joubertpark, the Tourism Office and the at the hot springs. You can download the Cogmanskloof Hike Map here.

We had a lovely evening sunset and braai before heading to bed for a well deserved sleep. The next morning we woke up to rain so had a lazy morning until it cleared up and we could go for a short walk before our lunch, closure and 2 1/2 hour drive home.

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