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Hex River Valley

This is a most pleas­ant “begin­ners” hike, about 15 km each day, mostly flat cir­cu­lar route. Farmer and owner Stephaan Jor­daan takes great pride in this trail and the sur­round­ing fauna, flora and rich his­tory of the area.

Stephaan is also some­what of a geol­o­gist and can explain all the land for­ma­tions of the var­i­ous val­leys and moun­tains, includ­ing the mighty Matroos­berg of this region.

One can start day one (the Fri­day) with a good 5km walk to the first night’s overnight stay at “Scooby-Doo”…avoid tak­ing the wrong turn-​off like we did first time around on this hike end­ing up at day 2’s overnight! Last time the farmer took as straight to Scooby Doo in his 4×4 – ter­rain too rough for a nor­mal vehi­cle. The accom­mo­da­tion con­sists of an old ammu­ni­tion bunker used in the civil war! Dou­ble bunks with mat­tresses and drink­ing water are pro­vided. The Loo is a very quaint long-​drop with a hornet’s nest to keep you com­pany, yet, not at all unpleasant.

We start walk­ing on Sat­ur­day morn­ing after another, very infor­ma­tive, lec­ture from the farmer. We are now geared to look out for inter­est­ing indige­nous floor cover. We walk around the berg and along a ridge over­look­ing the whole de Doorn’s val­ley. Breath­tak­ing views, ideal photo spots. Down another dry river-​bed and up onto another “mountianette”…beautiful rock for­ma­tions. Even­tu­ally one reaches the rail­way acci­dent memo­r­ial. A num­ber of sol­diers died on route to bat­tle in a de-​railed train on this sharp bend. The remain­der of the route fol­lows the rail­way track to the next overnight stop at Die Tonnel.

Die Ton­nel is the stop before the “tun­nel” – the first man built tun­nel of its nature in SA. Here is an inter­est­ing camp site in the mid­dle of the semi-​desert

Believe it or not — here is a swim­ming pool – yet always half full as a result of the scar­sity of water. Here are also var­i­ous encamp­ments with ani­mals includ­ing zebra, don­keys, spring­buck and tor­toises. Lux­ury “open-​air” bath­rooms con­sist of flush toi­lets and hot show­ers (gas) enclosed by bam­boo. Heaven!

Recently Stephaan has built a Wendy house, sleep­ing 4 with extra mat­tresses and pitched tents out­side for the remain­ing hik­ers. Die Ton­nel has an amaz­ing Vol­ley ball court. Play­ers must just be will­ing to “dodge” the Spring­buck com­ing in to camp later the after­noon. Pre­vi­ously we were more taxed form the games played than the actual hike! Loads of fun!

The last day’s walk con­sists of walk­ing mostly along the rail­way track and past the newly built dam and hol­i­day resort to the start at Die Pad­stal (where you part your vehi­cle) a few kilo­me­ters out of De Doorns. On our last trip a heavy storm broke out the Sat­ur­day night — leav­ing our tents totally blown to pieces! We all cud­dled up in the Wendy house pray­ing for the storm to sub­side! The next morn­ing, the farmer and his wife “res­cued” us in their 4×4 combi’s…ever patiently describ­ing the land­scape and his­tory. The high­light of this hike is cer­tainly the “walk­ing through the Tun­nel” where thou­sands of bats reside – makes for some spec­tac­u­lar photos!

Finally, a lovely break­fast or lunch at Die Pad­stal is rec­om­mended. Buy some wine and some­thing from the “plat­te­land” for those at home and off we go – ready again to face the con­crete jungle!

Until the next hike…

Bot­ter­boom, de Doorns
Con­tact Details
Tel no G.P.S. 33.462774,19.693937
Cell no Stephaan Jor­daan 0834491940 Email Click here
Fax 023 354 8268 Web­site Click here
Hike Details
Near­est Town de Doorns Max Per­sons
Dis­tance from Town 4km, 5mins Overnight Shel­ter Yes, for two nights
Map to start of hike Starts at Veld­skoen “pad­stal“
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No of days Two and a half, the first 12 day being very short Trail Type Cir­cu­lar
Tips and things to do

These tips will prob­a­bly apply to many camp sites, but this is what we thought should not be forgotten

Writ­ten on 25/​11/​2013, 18:26 by Heleen
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