Activities

Sanddrif is the ideal base for nature lovers and the adventurous: trail hikers, mountain bikers and rock climbers. It is accessible but retains an air of remoteness, which makes it the perfect break-away for city dwellers. There’s a lot to do and enjoy: four well-known day hikes, bird watching, swimming, rock climbing, camping, mountain

biking, a unique observatory and rock art. The less fit can enjoy the cool crystal-clear waters of the Maalgat pools only a 35 minute walk away, wander through the Valley of the Red Gods, watch the sun set the mountains on fire and later admire the star-studded sky from around the campfire.

Mountain Biking And Trail Running

This vast wilderness area, covering almost 172 000 ha, offers hiking routes for people of all fitness levels. Spectacular rock formations – including the Maltese Cross, Wolfberg Cracks, Wolfberg Arch, Tafelberg, Sneeuberg and Lot’s Wife – attract mountaineers and hikers alike. Unspoilt fynbos and a wide range of wildlife make this a must-see area for all nature lovers. CLICK HERE TO SEE IMAGES

HIKING, MOUNTAIN BIKING AND TRAIL RUNNING PERMITS
· Permits for hikes can only be obtained during office hours. Should you wish to start early, a permit can be booked telephonically.
· If you overnight at Sanddrif resort, take note that permits for the Wolfberg Cracks and Wolfberg Arch are not included in your fee and have to be
obtained BEFORE you go hiking. The permits for Maalgat and Lot’s Wife hikes are part of your overnight fee.
· When the resort is fully booked, permits for Maalgat will not be issued.
· To qualify for Wild card discounts, Wild cards need to be presented for CapeNature permits.
· NO overnight hiking permits are issued by Dwarsrivier and Sanddrif, please contact CapeNature for these.
· NO group, pensioner, tour guide or student discounts.
· Prices are subject to change.

Kliphuis Mountain Bike Trail

(Green Trail)
Length ~ 21 km (green markers)
Permits ~ Obtainable from our office
Cost ~ R40 per adult; R25 per scholar
Get your map from our office. The remaining 3 trails continue past the Wolfberg Single track on a gentle Jeep Track climb till the Waterfall single track on the riders left – a trail with spectacular views. There are some technical sections as well as compulsory portage
sections – all marked.After the Waterfall single track the marked trail will turn right following the river, riders have the option to short cut back to the campsite (see yellow link road on map obtained at office).Following a short ride on a Jeep Track the trail follows yet another single track towards Kliphuis Campsite. The trail leads to a river crossing and then follows the old water cannel towards Kliphuis Campsite.From the Campsite the riders head back to Sanddrif via the district road.

Lot’s Wife Mountain Bike Trail

(Blue Trail)
Length ~ 27 km (blue markers)
Permits ~ Obtainable from our office
Cost ~ R40 per adult; R25 per scholar
Get your map from our office. From Kliphuis Campsite the remaining 2 trails follow a new single track towards Kalkoenfontein. After the road crossing the trail follows a jeep track back in the direction of Dwarsrivier via natural vegetation and old tea lands. Riders who choose the Lot’s wife option will turn left following Blue markers. Lot’s Wife trail is also 1 of the original trails in the area and is very ride able in the new direction. There are 2 fairly technical downhill sections. After the Lot’s Wife trail riders will follow the district road back to Sanddrif with a short cut option through the vineyards.

Wolfberg Mountain Bike Trail

(Orange Trail)
Length ~ 7 km (orange markers)
Permit ~ Obtainable from our office
Cost ~ R40 per adult; R25 per scholar
Get your map from our office.
Wolfberg trail is the original trail starting at the campsite climbing through the Valley of the Red Gods past the Cracks Parking all on Jeep track. A single track will lead riders (runners and hikers) down to the river and back to the camp site. Riders should look out for rocky obstacles.

Maltese Mountain Bike Trail

(Red Trail)
Length ~ 30 km (red markers)
Permits ~ Obtainable from our office
Cost ~ R40 per adult; R25 per scholar
Get your map from our office. Riders will head towards Maltese Cross Parking lot via Jeep Track and a technical (Rocky) single track. The road back to the Observatory is fast and flowing. From the Observatory riders will link up with the other routes back to Sanddrif.

General Mountain Bike Trail

(Black Trail)
Length ~ 7 km (black markers)
Permits ~ Obtainable from our office
Cost ~ R40 per adult; R25 per scholar
Get your map from our office. The BLACK trail, an additional trail marked on the BLUE and the RED route, will take riders across the river and all the way along the foot of Sneeuberg Mountain back to the Maltese Cross parking area. This 7 km trail includes fairly technical climbs and descents and is fairly challenging. This route is marked with BLACK arrows.