A long, steep and strenuous day hike. A short section of moderately exposed easy scrambling is required. Best suited to fit, sure-footed and experienced mountain walkers with a fair head for heights.
The Jonkershoek Twin Peaks (also known as “Die Pieke” – 1494 & 1504 m) are the most prominent peaks visible as you look out of Stellenbosch to the south east. Despite their proximity to the town of Stellenbosch these mountains have a truly wild feel. This is an excursion for fit and experienced mountain walkers who want to escape the crowds and experience the raw beauty of Cape Mountain wilderness.
The route starts through the MTO (Cape Pine) plantations which border the reserve and then moves into the protected area on the higher steeper slopes of the peaks. We ascend via Nerinakloof, a steep narrow forested gulley to the north west of the Twins, and then traverse along the ridge to visit both summits.
If time allows we can take a different route down through Langrivierkloof, a wider grassy kloof behind the peaks to the south east. Grassy slopes lead to the Langrivier stream which we follow through an enchanting forest back to the upper forestry roads before returning to the car park via MTO mountain bike trails and forestry roads.
To inquire about a guided hike on this route please fill in the form below (or find our contact details here).
“I would like to climb the Twins.”:
**Note: Much of this route is not really runnable. “Trail runner” style means jogging the lower roads and trails, fast walking, fast scrambling, speedy sure-footed descending, and running the final trails and jeep tracks (if you’ve still got the legs for it).