Up Swartboskloof and down Kurktrekker, Jonkershoek Nature Reserve

The last time we ascended Swartboskloof I ended up under the knife to fix a ruptured disc. So this hike, once more with Santie – and Dorette – was something of a rite of passage, a reckoning with past trauma. The going was hot and my younger and fitter companions had to do quite a bit of waiting, but it was a bright, pristine day with vistas to Cape Point. I shot some drone videos at the viewpoint above Lourensford, but also had to scrap some footage as I learn frustrating lessons about managing the camera,

This part of the Panorama route is longer than the eastern loop – some 17 km in length and over 1000 m in elevation gain – although for some reason I always seem to imagine it to be shorter. The descent via Kurktrekker was murderous, treacherous underfoot and hot. Tired but satisfied.

Relive 'Panorama route via Swartboskloof and Kurktrekker'

Above Lourensford - views forever
Dorette and Santie heading towards the plateau
Bergriviersnek in the distance
Dronie above Lourensford

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