Accommodation

Self-catering

  • Helderfontein

    Helderfontein provides basic overnight accommodation in an old stone building that was once a management hut.

    Electricity: No
    Bathroom: Communal ablutions
    Fireplace: No
    Disabled access: No
    Pets welcome: No

Camping

  • Boosmansbos Campsites

    There are two campsites available within Boosmansbos Wilderness Area with communal ablution facilities.

Boosmansbos Wilderness Area

Indigenous forest, mountain fynbos and rare birds make Boosmansbos a hiker’s paradise

Helderfontein provides basic overnight accommodation in an old stone building that was once a management hut.

Electricity: No
Bathroom: Communal ablutions
Fireplace: No
Disabled access: No
Pets welcome: No

Activities

  • Hiking and Walking

    Paths are unmarked and hikers may choose their own routes. It is important to note that overnight huts provide basic shelter and there are no toilet facilities, so all waste and toilet paper must be buried. All refuse must be carried out. Fires are permitted in designated spots. Only 12 hikers are allowed on the trails each day.

    Overnight Hiking

    There are plenty of options to choose from given the 64km of marked paths in the Boosmansbos Wilderness Area. Hikers are welcome to follow their own route; however, it is important to be prepared with enough food and water, warm clothing, appropriate shoes and a good map. Hiking trails need to be booked in advance through CapeNature Central Reservations.

    Wilderness Trail

    Trail distance: 27km
    Estimated time: 11 hours (5 hours on first day and 6 hours on second day)

    This is a two-day trail that follows an old jeep track making its way up Loerklip and back down Saagkuilkloof through indigenous forest, kloofs and mountain fynbos. Terrain can be difficult and hikers should prepare for bad weather conditions. A good map is essential. Birders will particularly enjoy this trail.

  • Bird Watching

    Birders should keep a keen eye out for the rare striped flufftail and other unusual species, such as the black and martial eagle and Knysna woodpecker. The crowned and booted eagle, red-winged and redneck francolin, Layard’s titbabbler and black-rumped button quail are also regularly spotted in the area. There have been more than 180 species of bird recorded in this region.

Location

Conservation

Boosmansbos Nature Reserve Conservation

Boosmansbos is a World Heritage Site with one of the last remaining stretches of indigenous forest in the south-western Cape. The wilderness area is home to several rare erica species found higher up on the mountain slopes. Boosmansbos falls into the transitional zone between a winter and all-year rainfall region, and the area is fed by several rivers. This creates a microclimate conducive to lush plant and animal life.

A variety of buck, baboons, mongoose, genet and other small mammals inhabit this area. Unfortunately, while there are still leopards in these mountains, they are rarely seen. The isolated pockets of Bokkeveld shale support the growth of the indigenous forest while mountain fynbos, with its characteristic proteas and beautiful ericas, covers the rest. Nearly 200 bird species, including many species of forest birds and birds of prey, inhabit this region.

1 Reviews

Boosmansbos 3 day trail

Tycho, Jun 13, 2016 - Boosmansbos Wilderness Area

So... in for something different we set out on the Boosmansbos 3 day hike. We enjoyed a jolly start: up Loerklip; overnight at the Helderfontein huts, so far so good, abundant water from the rain 3 days earlier and a trail that was hard to loose. Ideal hiking weather in the winter sun. Battered by the Groot Winterhoek Wilderness, we then opted for the route less travelled: up Grootberg, onwards to Horingberg. That's when the fun started. Less talking, more walking., ehhh scrambling through dense thickets, battling to hold a bearing, The lady at reception (who admittedly had never been up here herself) had predicted plenty water and some budu bashing but for large parts, the trail has vanished due to it being unwalked: one inevitably looses it in the shoulder-high fynbos on the already steep slopes after rounding Grootberg. A challange for shins and ankles. No trail for hours, no water since we'd left the huts, and a setting sun: we weighed our chances. Against the gradient right up the peak marked 1331m on the map to confirm our position. Water down to 750 ml between the 2 of us. Pitched our tent, ran through scenarios for the next day. Savoured those 2 remaining grapefruits to be even more water savvy. Rose with sunrise, found a track (on the other side of the ridge than is indicated on the map), descended to the spot marked 'suggested campsite' that we'd planned on the night before, and then the liberating sound... trickling water. Lost the trail again, missioned straight up the Horingberg, discerned a path further down, and paced it back to Grootvadersbosch, where we could unwind in the comfort of the Scolopia cottage shortly before sunset (thanks to that farmer that took us the last km's). It had been a 10 hour day. Stunning vistas of the Cape folds and in hindsight the most wicked camp spot for sunset and sunrise, but we got more than we'd bargained for. Bring your stamina. More water still. And a proper map (1:10.000).

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