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Myburgh’s Waterfall Ravine

   
WESTERN CAPE > Suikerbossie Circuit, Hout Bay EDIT
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Duration: EDIT 5hrs
Distance: EDIT 8km
Difficulty: EDIT  Strenuous
Fear Factor: EDIT  Some mild rock scrambling
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Last updated: 11 March 2014
 
 
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DIRECTIONS:
From Constantia Nek, descend on the Main Road towards Hout Bay and take the Disa Road turn-off to the right. At the end of this road, turn left into Valley Road and then first right into Garron, right into Connemara, left into Hunter’s, right into Farriers, to the top. There is a path on the left, just before the end of the road. Take this and ascend to the contour path which runs from Suikerbossie to Orange Kloof (a restricted area). Turn right and follow the contour path for a short distance to the wooded ravine, ascending Myburgh’s Waterfall Ravine.

• In the ravine, follow cairns (a pile of two to three large rocks placed at strategic points to mark the route, or a turn-off, climbing route or change of direction). After approximately 15min you will reach a cliff face to the left of the ravine, scramble up these rocks to a higher level where the path continues into the ravine.

• From here there is some boulder hopping in the ravine under tall indigenous ancient trees to reach a point where you need to go to your right, ascending a loose slope. Here you should find a many disas growing amongst ferns and rocky crevices – a good place for a break.

Myburgh’s Waterfall Ravine is named after Hugo Hendrik Myburgh who farmed near the foot of the ravine. The name of the farm was Victor’s Kloof, the original owner being Cornelius Victor to whom the land was granted in 1714. The story goes that around 1890 two men, lost on the mountain in adverse weather conditions, found their way to his homestead where they received royal treatment. They were so impressed that they showed their appreciation in the presentation of a silver cup which is now in the possession of Mrs W Myburgh of St James.

Disas need very specific growing requirements – altitude, aspect of mountain slope, running or dripping water (tap water is unsuitable because of the chemicals), mist from the south-easter, the right soil. This is the reason why specific disas will only grow on certain parts of the mountain and not all over.

• Continue along the rock face, which can be slippery, boulder hop along the gorge which becomes narrower as you climb, occasionally dotted with disas high on the rock face. Higher in the gorge, you will reach a waterfall but take the path to the right as the waterfall can be very slippery and there is also the possibility that you may trample the disa plants. After ascending the path, you cross the waterfall to the opposite side and ascend on a clear path where the ravine opens out, offering views over Orange Kloof, with the Cape Flats and False Bay in the distance. From here it is a gentle ascent of approximately 20min until you reach a grassy area and the main path that runs from the top of Llandudno Ravine to your left and the Apostle Path to your right.

• Turn left and follow the path towards Judas Peak, a good place for lunch and to enjoy some of the finest views (in good weather) on the Peninsula. Alternatively, continue along the path towards the Pimple (above Llandudno and the last Apostle) to descend Llandudno Ravine.

• Take the path left, in the direction of Hout Bay and follow the clear path which winds to the left and crosses a flat rock before descending to the streambed. The path is steep and loose at this point and eventually crosses a waterfall before re-crossing it. Continue descending as the path winds to the left to follow a flat path along the base of the steep rock face, you will see Little Lion’s Head and Llandudno to your right.

• The path goes around the buttress before descending on two easy rock scrambles before traversing right to a bluff. The path then descends towards the contour path above Suikerbossie. If you have parked in Farriers Way, turn left and follow the contour path for approximately 45min where you cross a deep rocky ravine. Just after this, look out for the path to the right which will take you down to the car.

 
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  • Published in Buite Burger on 6 march 2007, acknowledgments to Rob Kamstra  
 
 

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