Green Mountain Trail: A Spectacular Four-Day Hike in the Overberg

Green Mountain Trail: A Spectacular Four-Day Hike in the Overberg

There’s a mountaintop that we’re dreaming of…

Hiking takes you to places most people will never see; spectacular settings only reachable by foot. And, along with views (and uphills) that will take your breath away, and that very special feeling of accomplishment, hiking also allows you to lose the crowds and step away from it all, all while dosing up on vitamin D and getting some exercise in!

Now imagine doing all this for multiple days?

Green Mountain Trail Elgin

The Green Mountain Trail is a four-day adventure in the Groenlandberg (Green Mountain) region of Grabouw that winds its way through 60 kilometres of forests, fruit farms, fynbos and vineyards in the Unesco-designated Kogelberg Biosphere, home to some 1 880 identified plant species and bountiful bird and animal life.

Included in this bucket-list adventure are home-cooked meals, wine tastings, transfers to and from the starting and end points, trained mountain guides and overnighting at the four-star Wildekrans Country House.

Are you ready to lace up your trail shoes? And can you handle up to 18 kilometres of hiking a day? Then, walk this way!

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The route

Day 1: 18km through the Kogelberg Conservancy (around 6 hours; 3.5 LOD*)

  • breakfast at Wildekrans Country House
  • transfer to Kogelberg Biosphere fringe by tractor or bakkie
  • hike to the top of the Groenlandberg and through the biosphere to Nuweberg.
  • transfer to Wildekrans Country House
  • dinner and overnight

Day 2: 15km through fynbos and vineyards: (around 5 hours; 2.5 LOD*)

  • transfer to Nuweberg
  • hike along the foot of the Groenlandberg through vineyards and fynbos
  • picnic lunch on Oak Valley Wine Estate
  • wine-tasting at Paul Cluver Wine Estate.
  • transfer to Wildekrans Country House.
  • dinner and overnight

Day 3: 11km along the Houw Hoek Trail (around 4 to 5 hours; 3 LOD*)

  • departure Wildekrans Country House after breakfast
  • walk above Houw Hoek, taking in views of the wheat fields of Walker Bay
  • lunch under the trees at Wildekrans Country House
  • Wine-tasting, dinner and overnight at Wildekrans Country House

Day 4: 11km along the Leopard and Ox Wagon Route (around 4 to 5 hours; 3 LOD*)

  • breakfast at Wildekrans Country House
  • hike towards Bot River through fynbos
  • rest stop at Stony Beach and Ledge Rock
  • climb Pincushion Ridge and discover Hawston View
  • Walk to Beaumont Wines in Bot River and have lunch in the village
  • transfer to Wildekrans Country House, refresh and collect your car

*LOD Level of Difficulty
1 Easy
2 Moderate
3 Hard or long in places
4 Strenuous, might be long and hard in places
5 Tough, long and usually hard most of the time

Country hospitality

Wildekrans Country House Green Mountain Trail

Each night hikers can look forward to well-deserved nights of luxurious comfort at Wildekrans Country House where breakfast and dinner are served (and included in the cost). Also on the cards is a tantalising farm picnic at Oak Valley Wine Estate, wine tasting at Paul Cluver Wine Estate, a visit to Beaumont Wines, with lunch in Bot River drawing the wonderful adventure to a close.

Important information

  • Check-in is on Mondays, between 4pm and 5.30pm
  • Check-out is on a Friday after lunch.
  • As this is a working farm experience, hiking happens on weekdays, so that hikers get the full experience of the trail.
  • A shortened two-day Weekend Walking Experience (22km) and three-day Blue Mountain Trail (50km) are also available. It is recommended that hikers walk the flagship four-day Green Mountain Trail (60km) before attempting the other hikes.
  • A minimum of seven hikers and a maximum of 10 is required on each hike. If you are not part of your own group, the organisers will include you in another group.
  • Should you like to bring nonwalkers along, there are plenty of activities at the lodges to keep them busy until the hikers return each day
  • Rates include four nights’ accommodation, all meals, trail snacks, personalised wine-tastings, a walking stick and knowledgeable guides (that you can’t take home)

For more information, check out the full itinerary.

Green Mountain Trail Wine-Tasting

Cost Green Mountain 4 days: R13 500 per person sharing (valid until 1 August 2022)
Blue Mountain 3 days: R10 500 per person sharing (valid until 1 August 2022)
Weekend Walking Experience: R6 500 per person sharing (valid until 1 August 2022)
Date January – May; August – December (closed June & July)
Contact 028 284 9827, info@greenmountaintrail.co.za
Where to find it Elgin and Botrivier, Overberg, South Africa

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