Dates 2019: (now open for bookings)
- 30 April - 4 May 2019
- 6-10 May 2019
- 30 August - 3 September 2019
- 5-9 September 2019
Accommodation: Everyone uses their own tent and bedding
Maximum of 20 hikers
- Three meals per day. That includes dinner from day 1 to lunch on day 5.
- Coffee and tea with breakfast and dinner.
- Each one prepares their own sandwiches for lunch with ingredients that will be provided.
- The transport of all the tents, clothing and chairs to the next stop-over.
- Tent and bedding
- Comfortable Trail Runner Tekkies (not hiking boots) and clothing
- Sun hat and warm beanie
- Warm clothes for night time
- Eating utensils, cup and Tupperware dish with a lid for use over lunch time
- Towel and toiletries
- Camp chair
- Camera and binoculars (optional)
- Drinks and snacks
We will - to a great extend - follow the trail of Sylvester, the lion, by walking a circular route for about 103km over five days through the beautiful Karoo.
This part of the Karoo cannot be seen from the high ways. The hiking trail will be clearly marked and every one walks at their own pace.
Day 1: Arrival at Welgemoed campsite
Day 2: Oukloof 27.5 km
Day 3: Tweefontein 26 km
Day 4: Kareebos 22.5 km
Day 5: Welgemoed 27 km
TOTAL: 103 km
Day 1: No walking
Everyone arrives from about 15h00 at Welgemoed campsite, which is about 71 km from Beaufort West. It is merely a meeting point and everyone has to put up their own tents. Bush toilets and a bucket with warm water for a shower will be provided. The vehicles remain here until the hike ends.
The first stage is quite a lengthy walk but relatively easy because it is mainly downhill or on a level road. As a result the other days will be shorter walks. We will walk on a two trail road in the upper areas of the Koekemoers River. Today will be a combination of a two trail route and somewhat bigger gravel roads.
We will be walking in the shade of numerous Soetdoring (Sweet Thorn) trees, which form a welcome veranda for the long walk. Be on the look-out and listen for kudus in the vicinity. The last few kilometres will be through the beautiful Oukloof Pass, during which we will cross the winding river 11 times.
At first it is uphill to get to the ravine and then it levels out. We are now on the edge of the African plateau. The plateau is on the Nuveld Mountains and this is a completely different environment without any thorn trees.
On this day we will witness the open plains of the Great Karoo.
We are now descending into the upper reaches of the Leeu River and next to the Leeukloof farm house.
Today we follow a two trail route. Nature undergoes a change with red koppies and deep river reaches visible
We will walk for a long way next to the border of Karoo National Park. This route might offer numerous wild life sightings. Today there will also be an option, for those who are interested, to see where Sylvester escaped. The last 7km of day 5 will spoil you with the most breath taking panoramic views. Sadly it is also our last day together and each one can relax before starting their long journey home.
The following article about Heuningland's "Karoo Hiking" was published in the "GO!" magazine, written by Erns Grundling: Find freedom in the Great Karoo (PDF)
See also the article 'n "Kom-kyk-besigheid" in die Karoo by Erns Grundling on Netwerk24's website.