A Peak Experience!
A morning hike will take in an 8km loop around the magnificent Highlands Mountain, ending at the Country Fair for lunch.
At 813m above sea level, this is the highest point in the Albany District, and offers views south to the sea, east to Grahamstown, west to the Cockscomb, and north to the Winterberg.
The route starts on the northern slopes of the mountain, with vistas down the valleys towards Alicedale, Olifantskop and even the Cockscomb on a clear day. After a steep and rocky slope, it loops back east along a gently climbing ridge towards the top, dotted with Oldenburgias. The beacon is the highest point, with a beautiful patch of purple heather just to the east. Catch your breath as you take in the 360-degree views. On the southern slopes you pass through patches of indigenous montane forest as you descend. The loop back along the south-eastern slopes passes through patches of fynbos – which should be in glorious purple bloom early in Spring.
You’ll make your way back down towards the starting point passing two magnificent view-points over the Kariega River valley and Pumba, back towards Grahamstown. Finally pass under the magnificent stone arch of the railway bridge, to the grounds of St Cyprian’s, where your lunch awaits you!
Have a look at some photos from last year here.
Starting Time: Sunday 10 September 2017: 09h00
Starting Point: Meet at the stone railway bridge.
Contact Person: Megan Hobson 072-1915933
This hike includes some moderate to steep hill climbs to get to the top of Highlands Mountain, but the 4hr hike can be taken slowly. All ages & levels are welcome.
We are especially grateful to Wesley & Kirsten for allowing us to traverse the farm Carl’s Rust.