Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve, Grabouw

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The Hottentots Holland Mountains are part of the Cape Fold Belt in the Western Cape, South Africa. The mountain range forms a barrier between the Cape Town metropolitan area and the southern Overberg coast.The range is primarily composed of Table Mountain Sandstone, and forms a large range between the Cape Town outlying suburbs of Somerset West and Gordon's Bay to the west, and the large Elgin valley to the east. Sir Lowry's Pass is the only crossing, in the form of the N2 motorway. The Steenbras Dam, one of Cape Town's main supply dams, is located in the southern section of the range. This is due to the abundant rainfall experienced in the uplands, located in the Elgin Valley around the town of Grabouw on the eastern slopes.At the start of the Great Trek in 1835 when migrants decided to leave the Cape Town area, or Cape Colony as it was then known, the first mountain range they crossed was this range. Cuts and wheel markings from their ox wagons can still be seen in rock formations in the vicinity of Sir Lowry's Pass on this mountain range. This route still serves as the primary route out of the Cape Town area for travellers heading up the east coast of South Africa.
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  • On going for a walk in the HH Nature reserve I was surprised at how nature had fought back after the fires and there was evidence of new shoots in trees and new seedlings popping up.  more »
  • I enjoyed a lovely day in the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve, ziplining from mountain to mountain! The scenery is gorgeous, and it's a fun activity no matter the weather. The hiking trails looked i...  more »
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  • Really unimpressed by the fact that on the whole Boland range, the ONLY route open is the orchard route to Boemanskloof Hut, an out and back walk. Why? Because the other routes are not being maintained. Gggggggrr.
  • How does one describe both terrifying and exhilarating at the same time? Our two guides were fantastic. Such a buzz.
  • Beautiful - Nice 4x4 Tracks inside - dont get lost - its vast in there
  • Kloofing is the most exciting thing you will do all year. Can't be scared of heights though
  • Beautiful mountain range. Suggest ziplining and suicide goerge hike. Spectacular views
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