Cedar Falls Day Hike


Prior Booking Required

Limit of 12 Permits per day
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Cedar Falls Day Hike

This trail must not be missed! Unbelievable, unique, stunning and a real Baviaanskloof hiking treasure are just some of ways to describe it. The trail will take you alongside clear flowing streams and deep inside the most beautiful kloofs. The trail starts and ends at the Cedar Falls Base Camp, and takes roughly 4-6 hours (including lunch and swim stops) depending on your fitness level, and should be considered as at least a half day outing. At two points on the trail you will need to swim a few meters to get through a narrow gorge (Note: The water is very cold in winter, so come prepared for swimming in cold water).  The trail ends at the beautiful Cedar Falls, and you return on the same path. Permits for the trail are required, and are limited to 12 people per day.  We strongly advise that you book your hike in advance using our online bookings.  R90 per person. (Free for Cedar Falls Accommodation guests – though advanced booking still required.)


The walk to the first pool is a moderately easy 3.7 km hike following a path up the kloof.  At points you will  walk over the river stones and some rocks as you criss cross over the river. There are some beautiful mountain pools to stop and swim in along the way.  As you near the end of the valley a large red cliff looms ahead of you, seemingly cutting off the valley. However at the base of the cliff the river takes a sharp right turn into a narrow gorge, leading you into the remote and hidden Cedar Falls Kloof. At this point you will need to swim a 10 meter stretch between two cliffs to keep moving up the kloof. There is also some (easy) rock clambering and walking along boulders in the river. Another 400 meters will bring you to the second pools, and after climbing up on the right hand side of the pool, you are faced with another swim through of 15 meters. The last section of the trail is closer to a kloofing adventure (without any jumps) than a Sunday afternoon hike, so please come prepared. Shoes that you don’t mind getting wet are an easy option to facilitate the swim throughs and walking over the rocks.  Please go carefully as the slopes are slippery. At the foot of the cliffs a waterfall flows into a deep pool (you cannot see the bottom in the crystal clear water!). A great place to swim and have lunch before starting your return journey back on the same path. The fresh water combined with the beauty of the steep cliffs and pools is an incredible gift to all who can visit. Due to the unique and sensitive nature of the Cedar Falls Kloof, we manage it for future generations to enjoy in its pristine state. Fires and overnight camping are not allowed. Bring shoes that you can walk in through water, and long pants to protect your legs from being scratched by the vegetation. A swimming vest to protect you from the cold water is also a great idea.

Logistics

The Cedar Falls Day Hike starts and ends at the Cedar Falls Base Camp.  A maximum of 12 people are allowed on the trail each day.  Booking in advance is strongly recommended to avoid being turned away on arrival. The permit for the hike is R90 per person. For guests staying at any of the Cedar Falls Base Camp accommodation, the hike is free- though please ensure you have booked your trail in advance through the online booking system.

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