Starting from the beautiful picnic site in the Assegaaibosch Nature Reserve (neighboring Jonkershoek Nature Reserve) is a delightful hiking loop approximately 6 km long.
The trail winds up through the wild flower garden (which is all the wilder for a lack of tending over the past few years) and then climbs steeply up the mountain fynbos slope above, just high enough to grant an unencumbered view over the valley below. We then contour along a rocky mountain trail lined by (completely wild) fynbos flowers, before a short descent to cross the Assegaaiboschkloof stream. Here follows another steep (lungbusting) climb to the high point of the route where the view to the back of the Jonkershoek valley and surrounding peaks opens out beautifully!
We zigzag our way down to the Baviaanskloof stream (for a drink of crystal clear mountain water) and then continue to follow the banks of the Eerste River back to the picnic site.
The old Cape Dutch farm house (now rented out as a guest house) where the trail begins is a national monument constructed in 1792. The larger of the surrounding oak trees are approximately 200 years old and have been allowed to remain (despite being exotics) for their historical significance.
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