Western Cape Tourist AttractionsThe Tweede Tol
Tweede Tol is a Cape Nature camping and picnic site 16 kilometres from Wellington up the Bainskloof Pass, in the Limietberg Nature Reserve - a huge 102 000 hectare mountain, wildlife and fynbos reserve in the mountains.
Where? Tweede Tol is part of the Limietberg Nature Reserve.
It lies approximately 16km from the Bainskloof Pass sign outside Wellington.
When? Campsites and hiking trails need to be booked in advance.
How? Call +27 (0)21 483-0190
Tweede Tol (second toll) is one of two tolls on the pass (the first is at the top of the pass just after the Bainskloof Trading post and is one of very few buildings to survive on The Neck of the pass).
It was built in 1851 as the original tollgate on the pass and is also known as Wolwekloof (wolf's gorge). The campsite is kept small – only 20 standard sites (another six are privately screened off) with a maximum of six allowed on each site, so it isn't surprising that it can feel rather busy – particularly over long weekends and during school holidays when daily picnic visitors arrive in a fair number (up to 120 a day).
And what makes it so popular is the incredible scenery and the exclusive use of the Wolwekloof River swimming holes (day visitors have access to the Witte River swimming holes), and Limietberg's hiking trails (although day hikers can access these trails too if they buy a permit).
Campers agree that it is the Wowekloor River pools that make a visit to Tweede Tol so worthwhile.
From the campsite the 7.5km Rockhopper Trail runs upstream away from Tweede Tol with markers to indicate its start and finish – a challenging walk along the rather boulder-strewn riverbed of the Witte River (you need to choose between rock hopping, the occasional walking and swimming as a means to navigating the trail).
Book ahead for the trail and campsite to avoid disappointment.