View from shady lunch spot near Krom Peak
Limietberg is a pristine nature reserve tucked away in the Du Toitskloof Mountains, near Paarl. The reserve stretches from Franschhoek in the south, eastwards towards Groot Drakenstein, and northwards as far as Voëlvlei Dam and is a World Heritage Site.
Limietberg offers a number of beautiful hikes through steep kloofs and deep valleys. Du Toits Peak, at 1 996m, is the highest point within the reserve. Visitors can also visit the many historical sites along the trails, including ancient rock art, a disused manganese mine and the graves of convicts who helped build the Bainskloof Pass.
As a result the hikes are reached by different trail heads, see map below.
For each of the following hikes I have provided a small amount of relevant information in this web page with more information (including a ‘. gpx’ file and a ‘kml’ file which in layman’s language gives a track) in an associated Route Page (see below). I have also written a post for each trail along the lines of a personal narrative with photos. Finally I hope that you enjoy exploring this area as much as we have.
Parking we have found parking available for the hikes and the trail map starts from where we have parked our car.
- The hike up Krom Peak is accessed via a private road just off the Du Toits Peak pass. To get the key for the gate my best suggestion is to go with a member of the MCSA or better still join the club.
- The hikes behind the MCSA Agtertafelberg Hut are best accessed by going with a member of the MCSA.
Permits This link Limietberg site provides background information on Reserve and the permit system in operation.Permits are available at R40 per adult and R20 per child. Permits may be purchased at the reserve office in Paarl or bookings can be made through CapeNature Central Reservations. WildCard users do not pay a conservation fee
Map of area covered This link Overview map and trail info is a summary map by Cape Nature of the hikes in the Limietberg area
Water Availability depends on the hike and season, however on most of the hikes we have done we have been able to top up our water bottles, particularly in winter months..
Trail types The trails tend to be single track paths. Where we have gone off trail we highlight this. They are easy to follow and I think largely in good condition (ie not overgrown).
Maps I have usually included a GPX file and a KML file for any given hike in the associated Route section. Please feel free to use this.
List of hikes we have done
- Krom River Trail – Hike link and Spring Flowers hike link length 9km, total ascent 651m, max elevation 782m. This is a hike up the Krom River to a couple of waterfalls and large pools that you can swim in on warmer days.
- Krom Peak Hike – Hike link length 13km, total ascent 666m, max elevation 1430m. This trail is from the MCSA property to Krom River Peak and then back round the Krom River Dome contour path to the hut and trail head.
- ‘Miaspoort Trail – Hike Link length 9km, total ascent 863m, max elevation 1300m. This trail takes you from the Paarl side up to Huguenot Peak where there is a monument to the Italian POWs who helped build the DuToitskloof Pass. There are fantastic views over the Boland Mountain Range and Paarl Valley
- Slanghoek Peak via Happy Valley – Hike Link length 12km one way to saddle with an additional 5km round trip to Slanghoek Peak 1688m . This trail is across MCSA land and should only be done with MCSA members. The peak is a rounded dome with fantastic 360′ views across the mountain range which separate the Worcester and Paarl plains.
Map of trails
Please click on each trail-path to take you to the associated route page where you can obtain more information on the trail, including an elevation profile, and a download of the map.