Tierkop hiking trail
This is one of the most open areas to explore in the Outeniqua mountains. You can access this are of the Outeniqua mountain from Saasveld or Witfontein Forestry Station and there are many paths in the area to walk. This particular path starts at Saasveld or also known as the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Saasveld campus. Follow the path up to the Tierkop Hut and then continue further up the mountain. This path eventually passes Skurwekop (sometimes called Kransberg) and then continues over the Outeniqua mountains. You can follow this path all the way to Herold or to were it joins the top of the Montague pass. You can turn around and return to Saasveld at any time if you have walked far enough or you could walk down either the Montague pass or the old Ox wagon pass and end at Witfontein Forestry Station. You would need to arrange transport if you would like to do this as Witfontein and Saasveld is a distance appart and even then this route will be around 30km.
We attempted to reach the summit of Skurwekop but the shrubbery and many steep rock sections got the better of us, this time anyway...
Start early, remember your camera and enjoy the day exploring the Outeniqua mountains!
Distances: As far as you want to go.
Route markers: Occasional boot print painted on a rock
Permits & Cost: None
Contact numbers: Witfontein Forestry Station 044 870 8323
Directions: The start is at Saasveld (also known as NMMU George) along the old George-Knysna road. After entering Saasveld follow the Tierkop signs to the far end of the campus and park at the student accommodation.
Coordinates: Saasveld entrance - 33°58'17.88"S, 22°32'4.64"E
Trail head - 33°56'41.85"S, 22°31'22.76"E
Tierkop hut - 33°54'52.66"S, 22°30'44.28"E
Other: Take enough water and food as there is none along the way. Remember sunscreen as you will be in the sun most of the time.
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There is basically no path on the slopes of Skurwekop, none that we could find anyway...