Jakkalskloof is situated just outside the town of Redelinghuys, 190 km from Cape Town. Hidden between the hills of the Sandveld, it forms part of the greater Cederberg Biodiversity Corridor. Visitors have the option of two circular trails. The sandy and rocky trails, made initially to root out alien Rooikrans trees, are scenic but challenging and should take 4-6 hours to complete. The first is 14 km and is a good test of your sand-driving skills – Perfect for beginners.
The 4×4 trail climbs gradually and without much incident from the homestead. The trouble starts, however, when a little valley is entered. A few steep ascents without bypasses can be tricky. Diff lock is essential for most challenges, and deflated tyres (to as low as 0.7 bar) are the only way out for vehicles without diff lock.
The lookout point near the end is the ideal place to stop for a break and enjoy the views in the direction of Piketberg.
The second trail is 4 km but should keep you busy for up to two hours. This trail should not be done solo, and it is recommended that at least one vehicle has a diff lock for potential recovery exercises. The rocky sections are technical and good ground clearance is essential. From the higher part of the trail, one has a view over the circular potato fields for which the Sandveld is renowned, and the Atlantic Ocean is visible on a clear day. Both drives can easily be done in one day. A second day could be spent exploring the Bushman paintings, watching game along the Castle Hiking Trail, or just relaxing by the swimming pool.
The planning and organising of a trip to the Baviaanskloof during April / May next year (2020) has begun. This allows ample time for members to plan well in advance. Please read this notification and indicate your interest to take part.
The dates that have been selected cover two consecutive long weekends from Saturday 25th April to Sunday 3rd May 2020. Only three working days leave are required to have a 9-day long trip! The total travelling distance for this trip is estimated to be 1600 km.