4 Hours Nature tour itinerary for Cape Town & Somerset West: Explore The Historic Gantouw Pass
Cross the mountains through the Hottentots Holland Kloof and observe some fabulous Fynbos, geological formations and spectacular views during this short nature tour. Go by the Hottentots Holland Kloof Pass and enjoy panoramic views from atop the pass.
The Gantouw Pass
07:00: Travel from Somerset West east up the Sir Lowry's Pass and over the mountain to the starting point.
By 07:30, set out on your walk.The trail is a 5 km return walk and takes, including the stops for photographs, discussions, general exploring of the area as well as a lunch/refreshment break about 4 to 5 hours to complete, depending on the stops and weather.The first 2.5 km of the walk is an uphill trail to the mountaintop and not [sensitive content] the neck, atop the mountains ridge, the old pass is an easy walk and it takes about an hour to explore around and traverse a short way down the opposite mountains side to view the spectacular rusts still visible in the rocks.
So once at the top of the kloof, the track starts to dip steeply down and it is here where the ruts that the wagon wheels carved into the rocks become visible.The Dutch and British settlers at the Cape built this rough pass called the Hottentots Holland Kloof Pass following the Gantouw route.Also, while taking a bird's eye view from the top of the pass, are the 2 historic canons which were used to communicate over the mountains.Midway through the adventure, you will stop for a break to either some refreshments or your lunch.
Transport (if required).
Refreshments (coffee/tea and something sweet).
South African guide.
Hiking gear/equipment on loan (contact for information).
The mountain crossing in that region was known by the indigenous Khoi people as the Gantouw or Eland's Pass and was used as a stock route. The Dutch and British settlers at the Cape built a rough pass called the Hottentots Holland Kloof Pass following the Gantouw route. The first recorded crossing was in 1664, and by 1821, the pass was seeing 4500 ox-wagons per year crossing into the interior, but the route was so severe that more than 20% of them were damaged. The ruts left by these wagons being dragged over the mountains can still be seen and were declared a National Monument in 1958.
Cape Town, Somerset West
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