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Panorama Trail and Waterfalls Loop

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Jonkershoek Nature Reserve

Panorama Trail and Waterfalls Loop is a 8.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding.

Distance: 8.3 miles Elevation Gain: 3,339 feet Route Type: Loop

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

hiking
fee
rocky
28 days ago

First things first, there is a day permit fee of R50, no cash. From the gate of the nature reserve to the start of the trail you will need a high profile car. Smaller cars can take the bumpy gravel ride but I advise a 4x4 or SUV. The reserve closes at 6pm, without checking if there are cars still inside. Plan to start your hike early in the day. It’s a tough trail with loose rocks and steep climbs. The views at the top are breathtaking though. This is not a hike for chancers. You need to be sure about your fitness. The board at the start of the trail reads 17,1km but the loop is about 13,4km and can be completed just under 6hours.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful! Tough hike and the loose rocks coming down is a bit hectic, but the scenery and being outdoors is so worth it.

hiking
rocky
washed out
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

One of the most beautiful hikes you can do! Some tough climbing a very loose descent (kurktrekker / corkscrew).

hiking
5 months ago

Fantastic hike! Hard, but absolutely worth it.

hiking
rocky
scramble
6 months ago

We started out a little late; around 11:45 at the entrance. The not so talkative cashier told us that the park would close at 18:00. Actually they close and lock the gate around 17:30. Apparently they do (sometimes?) leave someone on watch for a little while. There is a very bumpy rocky one way circle road with a lot of potholes going from the gate to the second parking spot and looping back to the gate. If you don’t want to wreck your small rental car, it takes almost 30min to drive one stretch. We did the climb upto Bergrivier Nek in 2hr15min. By that time there was not enough time to complete the whole 6,5hr trail. So we went back the same way unfortunately. The path is covered in loose rock for a large part. It is very safe and well maintained. The views are worth it. We arrived back at the gate around 17:30 and were asked if there were more cars still at the parking. They apparently wanted to close up. Since the drive is a one way circle and there is also an intermediate (first) parking spot, I had no way of knowing if someone was still there. The funny thing is, they make you sign in, but fail to let you sign out! It all sounds a bit dramatic, which it is not if you are warned and make sure to start on time.

hiking
rocky
scramble
7 months ago

Very tough hike but the views are amazing throughout the trail. Make sure you go on a sunny day otherwise your views will be spoilt if there is a slight bit of mist.

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
Sat Mar 23 2019

Mon Jan 07 2019