This unique 9.75-kilometre hike begins at the Trail Centre, taking you through the vineyards of Delvera Farm, and culminates on the top of Klapmutskop, where hikers get to experience the Greater Simonsberg Conservancy and Yellowwood Forest along the way.
When you reach the koppie, you can sit and enjoy the sunset over Table Mountain in the distance, with majestic views of the winelands to complete the picture.
If you’re not up for walking the full 9.75 kilometres, a farm vehicle will transport you to the famous Pepper Tree (the official halfway mark), where a 4.5km single-track hike leads to the top of Klapmutskop (takes about 30 minutes).
The full hike (arranged by Dirtopia and Falke) takes roughly an hour to complete, depending on your walking pace, so it’s best to arrive at least an hour before sunset in order not to miss it. Since it is a marked route, hikers are free to do their own thing.
Included in the R80 fee (R35 for children under 10) is a permit, a map and access to a shuttle. However, hikers should bring a torch (also for sale at Trail Centre) and a warm jacket and wear comfortable socks and shoes.
It is important to book in advance, as space is limited, but you can pay on arrival. However, groups of 10 or more need to pay in advance. (The events are usually in high demand, so you will be liable for the cost if anyone in your group doesn’t pitch.)
Fancy a picnic on top of the koppie?
If you can’t rustle up your own picnic, for an additional R80, you can order one to enjoy at sunset. The hamper includes a BLT panini (or a chicken wrap, or a vegetarian-friendly basil, butternut and feta panini), seasonal fresh fruit (apple or banana), Winegums and ice tea.
Please note: Picnics must be booked and paid for at least two days before the event date.
If picnics aren’t your thing, Dirtopia café is open till 10.30pm, and serves a range of tasty goodies, including samoosas, beef burgers and chips, meat and cheese platters, and chocolate brownies.
Diarise these dates for 2017 full-moon hikes:
3 & 4 November
If you don’t fancy a full-moon hike, the marked hiking trail is open every day, with mountain bike trails and bike hire also available from the Trail Centre.