Trailblazers Hiking Club x CAPE NATURE x KLOOFING Riviersonderend Trail - Hiking Cape Town South Africa
Riviersonderend Kloofing Adventure
To book your kloofing experience, get hold of our call centre on 021 483 0190, or email them on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parking is available near the office on the entrance road. Both kloofing routes start with a walk from the office along the management road to Landdroskop. Routes are signposted on the footpath.
- Start early. Hikers may not set out from the starting point later than 9am and must be out of the reserve before the gate closes at 7pm.
- You must have a permit.
- Groups must be guided by an experienced kloofer who has done the trail before.
- No children under 12.
IMPORTANT TO KNOW
- Reserve office hours are 8am to 4pm weekdays only. The entrance gate is open from 8am to 7pm. A staff member is on duty seven days a week.
- The route is open from 1 November to 30 April every year.
- Saturdays and Sundays must be booked a month in advance.
- Reservations (permits): +27 21 483 0190, email: email@example.com
- Group size: five groups of six people are allowed over weekends; groups of 12 to 15 allowed on weekdays.
WHAT TO BRING
- Hiking permit
- Good, lightweight hiking shoes.
- Swimsuit, a quick-drying shirt and swimming shorts. Cotton is not advised. Remember, this is a wet hike.
- A light wetsuit is recommended – 80% of the kloofing requires swimming and you will remain wet throughout.
- Bring a change of clothes along and leave it in the car for after the hike.
- Drinking water (drinking river water can cause illness).
- At least one proper dry bag, waterproof for 14m drops into water, with warm jackets or tops for the group.
- Lunch and energy snacks in sealed bags. This hike requires energy.
- Waterproof sunblock. There are patches of shade to rest under, but for most of the walk you might be exposed to the sun.
- Waterproof camera/video camera. Views are incredible and you will want pictures of you and your friends doing the jumps.
- Kloofing is strenuous and jumps can be dangerous. Only do these routes if you are a fit and experienced hiker. Go with someone who has done the route before.
- Weather can turn quickly in the mountains. Check the weather forecast and do not start if rain or poor weather conditions might set in.
- Wear a wetsuit and carry food, emergency gear and warm clothing in a waterproof pack.
- Once you’re in the gorges, the only way out is to continue down the river, so be prepared for a long day. Tell someone where you are going and your expected time of return. There is no cellphone reception in the kloofs, so you’re on your own.
- Never jump without testing the water. Cape mountain water is very dark due to the natural tannins in the water, and underwater hazards can be invisible. Never assume that a pool that was clear of obstacles before is still safe, large rocks and branches are regularly moved around by water.
- Land feet first, legs together, with your arms at your sides. Never, ever dive.
- When booking a guided trip, ensure that your guides are qualified and check whether wetsuits are provided.
- If there is rain, beware of flash floods, the river can rise metres in minutes.
*Please note that the Suicide Gorge and Riviersonderend Route kloofing trails may be closed at any time at the discretion of the reserve staff, in the event of inclement weather or any other unsafe conditions.