Matroosberg Private Nature Reserve
This route in the Hex River Mountains, which climbs from the Erfdeel farm homestead at 1300m to 2240m, is probably the highest 4x4 route above sea-level in the Western Cape. There are views down the terrifying Groothoek Gorge on one side and down on one of the few skiing areas in South Africa on the other side. This route should be regarded as more of a spectacularly scenic drive than a 4x4 challenge, the exception being wet and snow conditions.
4x4 Skills required:
There is a little bit of loose gravel at the start of the route, but most novices should be able to handle the trail. However this could become a 5-star route should there be snow - so phone beforehand. This trail is normally a 3 out of 5 trail and the trail is slightly more difficult than a moderate trail. A little bit of experience is required and your vehicle needs to have low range.
Costs: Trail: R250 per vehicle + R50 per person.
Goatherds House (fully equipped): R1 800 per weekend and R1 000 per night during the week.
Ski Hut (sleeps 20): R100 p.p. p.n. - minimum R500 per night. Not available on Friday nights during skiing season. Bring own bedding
BZN– sleeps 2, 4 & 6): En-suite rooms with kitchenettes. R155 p.p.p.n.
Lakeside Cottages: R1 800 per weekend, Single nights - R1 000 per night.
In-House Camping: R80 per person per night
Camping: R50 p.p. p.n. Children under 13 pay R50
Private Campsite with own ablution: R70 p.p.p.n.
Children under 13 pay R50
Location: 35km from Ceres at the foot of the Matroosberg range over Swaarmoed Pass.
Tel: 023-312 2282
Fax: 088 0233122282
Web Site: www.matroosberg.com
Permits available on the farm.