THE DONKEY TRAIL

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THE DONKEY TRAIL
CONTACT DETAILS
Contact Person: Erika Calitz
Mobile: +27 (0)83 628 9394
E-mail: info@donkeytrail.com
Website: www.donkeytrail.com
Location: Calitzdorp

 

WELCOME TO THE HOME OF THE DONKEY TRAIL...

Die Hel in the Gamkakloof Valley was first inhabited by farmers in 1830. It was accessible only by foot until 1963 when a road was built winding from the Swartberg Pass down into this remote valley.

Before the road, a ‘donkey trail’ over the Swartberg Mountain from Calitzdorp to Die Hel was the only commercial life line with the outside world. This historic ‘donkey trail’ starts at Hans and Erika Calitz family farm ‘Living Waters near Calitzdorp.

SOME FACTS ABOUT THE TRAIL

• Total distance covered on foot, approximately 26 kilometers• Gradient not rated but expect moderate to strenuous, no rock climbing required, you MUST BE FIT to complete this trail• Highest altitude reached during the trail is 1523m at Wyenek. Depart from altitude of 350m at Living Waters• Do not count on having cell phone reception

WHAT TO BRING:

Hiking boots and socks, Light slipslops for on the mountain, (no barefoot at the rest camp on the mountain), Insect repellent (mainly against ticks), Lip ice, Binoculars, Sun block, Swimwear (towels are provided), Camera, Personal medication (we have first aid but not a dispensary), Hat, Walking stick, Water bottle, Day pack rucksack, No firearms or narcotics, Cash for curios and local preserves/wine/port, 3 layers of upper clothing for hiking days (t-shirt, fleece and waterproof), Preferably long pants (the night on the mountain can be VERY cold)

INCLUDED IN THE COST:

Our rate includes all meals, trail snacks and non-alcoholic beverages, 3 nights accommodation including bedding (sleeping bags on one night) and soap, shampoo and towels, guides, CapeNature conservation fees, comfortable transportation back to the starting point (over the Swartbergpas) and of course the donkeys to carry your personal items. Maximum size of group 8, minimum 4. Individuals and groups of less than four can be matched up with other small group bookings. Let us know your preferred dates and we will see what we can do. As rates are seasonal, please contact Erika for the latest rates. 

THE DONKEY TRAILTHE DONKEY TRAILTHE DONKEY TRAILTHE DONKEY TRAIL
THE DONKEY TRAIL
CONTACT DETAILS
Contact Person: Erika Calitz
Mobile: +27 (0)83 628 9394
E-mail: info@donkeytrail.com
Website: www.donkeytrail.com
Location: Calitzdorp