The 11 000ha Jonkershoek Nature Reserve is a World Heritage site and situated 6km from Stellenbosch – one of the oldest wine regions in South Africa famous for its wine route. Home to the majestic Jonkershoek Mountains with their high peaks and deep valleys. While you hike here you are constantly aware of the massive mountains and the amazing flora surrounding you.
Sossyskloof Route Description: We need to obtain a permit at the gate and then drive to the start of the hike. We park the vehicle and start 6.9km (4.2 miles) circular route called Sossyskloof at 300m/984ft above sea level. The first section is flat with fynbos on both sides of the path. We cross a stream via a wooden bridge and start to ascend the western slopes of Swartboskloof for about 2 km (1.2miles), passing through the beautiful indigenous forest where we will have a rest in the shade before we traverse along a contour path to Sosyskloof waterfall. We hike on to a lookout with an amazing view over the Jonkershoek valley 800m/2625ft above sea level. From here we descend and walk back to the start.