Klein Karoo Walks

Simonskloof Mountain Retreat and Gecko Trail

If you've been a little over-indulgent in the Winelands, this is the place to work it off. Plenty of exercise in stunning rocky Karoo surroundings. Jurgen offers hiking trails (30mins - 3hrs), biking trails (5 - 40km), kloofing, abseiling and geo-caching (a modern treasure hunt using a GPS receiver to locate hidden caches in the bush).

The Gecko Trail
A relatively strenuous 21km hike that connects the vine-covered plains of the Nuy Vallei near Worcester, via the spectacular Nuy River Gorge, to the fruit-growing Koo Valley west of Montagu. It takes 6 - 9hrs and there's accommodation at both ends. Get R25 permits and maps from the farm.
Prices: Abseiling R95 per session, mountain biking R25 for map and day permit, kloofing R850 for 2 nights, R980 for 3 nights fully catered and guided.
Contact: Simonskloof Farm, Koo Valley, 40km west of Montagu.
Tel: 023-614-1895
info@simonskloof.com or info@geckotrail.co.za
www.simonskloof.com or www.geckotrail.co.za

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About Klein Karoo

Admiring the success of the Garden Route's megalithic tourist marketing machine, much effort is being made at the moment to promote the R62 tourist route that runs through the Klein (meaning 'little', and pronounced 'klain' as in 'pain') Karoo. This is still, however, in its infancy, which is ideal as the real charm of this region lies in the fact that it remains, for the greater part, 'undiscovered', despite being so close to Cape Town.