Blue Mountain Trail

Itinerary & Map

Three days of slackpacking

How we plan your adventure

Guests arrive the previous night at Porcupine Hills between 16h00 and 17h30, park car, welcome drinks and trail briefing, dinner and overnight.

P.S you’ll be happy to hear this is the profile of the mountain and not the trail.

About Blue Mountain
Attractions

Day 1: Walk above Bot River and into the Elgin Basin
(18,5km / 6-7hours / 3lod*)

  • Breakfast at Wildekrans Country House

  • Short transfer to High Rising

  • Walk above Bot River, taking in views of the wheat fields of the Overberg, and descend into the Elgin Basin

  • Picnic lunch on the mountain. Final descent to Valley Road

  • Wine tasting at South Hill Vineyards
  • Transfer back to Wildekrans Country House and afternoon tea

  • Dinner and overnight

Day 2: Above Kleinmond and around Paardeberg (16km / 6-7hours / 3 or 4lod*) (An alternative 12km Day 2 is possible)

  • Light early breakfast at Wildekrans Country House
  • Transfer to Highlands Forest
  • Walk above Paardeberg and above Kleinmond
  • Picnic lunch en route
  • Wine tasting and tea at Iona Vineyards
  • Transfer back to Wildekrans Country House
  • Dinner and overnight

Day 3: Kogelberg, Palmiet, and Dragons’s Head
(12km / 4-5 hours / 3 lod*)

  • Pack bags before a light breakfast at Wildekrans Country House

  • Follow the pylons of the Valleys of the Kogelberg

  • Lunch and wine tasting at Almenkerk to celebrate mission accomplished

  • Transfer to Wildekrans Country House and collect your car.

P.S. Pick up may be at sunrise every day!

*lod: Level of difficulty, with five being the most difficult. As per Fiona McIntosh, author of Slackpacking.
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

*Itinerary subject to change due to new opportunities, unforeseen conditions, changing seasons or alternative ‘hosting’ developments.
*Optional extras charged separately – transfer to airport, drinks, early trail exits, wine couriers, farm shopping
*Given different ability of hikers, limited early exits are available on Day1. Day 2 & 3 not possible. Those exiting early may miss the events on the trail that day and will be charged for any extra transport.

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What people say about the Blue Mountain Trail

Every detail taken care of – incredible hospitality

My friend and I joined the blue mountain trail in early March. I was coming from overseas so we decided to join an organized hike to save time and effort on planning and administration.

Not only were we treated to a beautiful hike, but also to incredible accommodation, food, wine tastings, a fantastic group of people and expert guides.

Overall it was a fantastic experience and I would highly recommend the trail to anyone looking to enjoy the Cape outdoors but with limited time to plan the route, food and accommodation.

Adam K
May 2020
Exceptional Educational & Entertaining Exercise Experience

A memorable mix of educational exercise, fabulous fynbos, beautiful breakfasts, lovely lunches, delicious dinners, and lovely lodging.

Our Lead Guide, the awesome Andreas, and his knowledgeable assistant Nancy, along with Alison’s excellent organisation, made this three-day hike an unforgettable experience.

EugeneMcC
March 2020
Green Mountain Trail

The Green Mountain Trail was a great way to see four different areas around the Elgin Valley. Jeffrey and Patrick were very knowledgeable guides and their information about the area as well as plants and insects was amazing. Going through the different areas of fynbos and learning about the effects of fires on them,was great. The first day was long and strenuous in parts but beautiful.The following days were thankfully shorter! Definitely recommended.

CTZimbo
October 2019

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