Cradock Pass Day Trail
Trail Distance: 12,4 km (5 hours),
This strenuous walk follows the tracks that the settler’ ox-wagon wheels scoured into the rocks while descending the treacherous Cradock Pass across the Outeniqua mountains from the coast to the Little Karoo. This historic trail offers fynbos, karoo veld and extensive mountain scenery and views over George.
To reach the start of the trail at the reserve offices, drive 3,7 km from George towards Oudtshoorn, turn right to Witfontein and right again at the entrance gate to the Outeniqua Nature Reserve. Park at the reserve office. It ends on the north side of the Montagu Pass, 1 km from the top, marked by two signboards. You will need transport waiting here. Alternatively, it is 10,9 km (3 hours walk) from here down the Montagu Pass back to the start. Remember to plan your hike thoroughly and to take water. The weather conditions can change very quickly in the mountains, even if weather is good at lower altitudes. Take a wind- and waterproof anorak and warm clothing even in the summer.
George Peak Hike
Trail Distance is 17,2km or 7 hours walk
Note: 21,1km (9 hours) if combined with the Cradock Peak trail
Nearest Town: George
Look out over George, the Swartberg mountains in the Little Karoo and the coastline in the distance as you approach the summit of George Peak in the Outeniqua mountains. It is a trail with spectacular scenery and mountain fynbos. It is, however, a very difficult route. It can be combined with a climb of the Cradock Peak.
To reach the start of the route, drive 3,7km from George in the direction of Oudtshoorn. Turn right to Witfontein and right again at the entrance gate to Outeniqua Nature Reserve. Park 800 m on at the reserve office and start the trail. It also ends here. Plan your hike thoroughly and take water. The weather conditions can change very quickly in the mountains, even if weather is good at lower altitudes.