Boesmanskrans Hiking trail near Fouriesburg - Fouriesburg Country Inn
Start: Boesmanskrans farm near Fouriesburg
Finish: Boesmanskrans farm
Duration: 10 km day trail, and a second-day trail if you want to extend the hiking
Our tip: if heading to Boesmanskrans at night, make sure you have good directions, for although the road is good during the day, it is not as easy to negotiate in the dark. Rather book accommodation at Fouriesburg Country Inn.
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This is one of the better-marked hikes around Fouriesburg and Clarens. It is also incredibly beautiful, set right in the surrounding mountains. Best to book one-night accommodation at Fouriesburg Country Inn and head there in the morning.
What differentiates this hike from others in the area, is the incredibly beautiful krans, green even during the drier months of winter. The initial part of the hike heads through the krans and then up by way of a tire ladder with chains on either side. Considering that the climb is up a sheer vertical rock face, the ladder is essential and far easier to negotiate than a chain ladder.
Once up the ladder, the trail heads for the hills, quite literally, to the top where the views are spectacular of the surrounding area and the Maluti mountains in the distance. Up here, if you look carefully, are a series of rock paintings worth seeing
From the top, the trail descends underneath the krans, where you will pass a series of lime deposits and natural water holes (perfect for summer dips).
Keep your eyes peeled for a variety of antelope, baboons, dassies and birds that include wild goose pairs that breed in the area.
The exact GPS coordinates are unknown and have been placed in Fouriesburg.
WHERE? Start and finish at Boesmanskrans farm near Fouriesburg in the Free State.
WHEN? Booking is essential.
HOW? Call +27 (0)12 803-9109 ?
HOW MUCH? Price on request
OVERNIGHT? Stay at accommodation in Fouriesburg, in Free State