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Historical Ox Wagon Trail (Hottentots Holland Kloof)

Don’t miss out on this exciting excursion being held this weekend, 12th November 2016. The weather looks ideal for Saturday – a touch overcast, however it will be cool (ideal for walking) and the wind will be mild.

Join us with registered Field Guide, Andreas Groenewald for an informative day out while retracing the once treacherous Wagon Trail situated above the Sir Lowry’s pass. This is an opportunity to learn some interesting facts and history about our homeland. What’s more, if you’re at school, the information you learn can be used as part of the history curriculum when covering the Great Trek or local history.

Gantouw pass

Gantouw pass


The pass on the trail, which is known as the Gantouw or Eland Pass, used to follow the course of and old game track.

Proclaimed a national monument in 1958, here you can see the old grooves left behind by many weary travellers. The furrows chiselled into the rocks tell a sad tale of heartbreak and struggle endured whilst travelling up this perilous route where oxen were often killed and wagons smashed along the way.

Apart from the history of the area, you will be surrounded by a natural environment filled with magnificent beauty, diverse flora and interesting rock formations. And as you make your way over the rise of the kloof, be prepared for a breathtaking scene before your eyes – the entire Helderberg basin.

Gantouw pass

Gantouw pass MAP of trail


Meet us at: 08h30

Where: Pass the Sir Lowry’s Pass view point and around the bend – slow down! About 400m, opposite the Steenbras Dam Gate (which will be on your right) there is a track on the left.

Turn left into the track and park in the area in front of the gate. See the map.

Due back: 14h00 or thereabouts

What to bring:
1. Comfortable walking shoes
2. Hat
3. Sunscreen
4. Enough to drink
5. Lunch and snacks for a picnic
6. A camera if you have one

Cost:
Members: Adults-R60.00 / Children 15 and under R30.00 / Under 3′s Free
Visitors: Adults-R80.00 / Children 15 and under R40.00 / Under 3′s Free

Please let us know by Thursday, 10th November if you want to join us. Use the email contact details on this website.

This is a 3.6km walk to the Wagon Trail and back. Most of the walk is on a road that follows the mountain contour.

Note that there will be a wide range of age groups, from 4 year-olds to adults on this walk.

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