The Pakhuis Conservancy is a project initiated by farmers in the area. They have banded together to convert degraded farm land into burgeoning conservation areas alive with natural fynbos, in order to allow the land once again to thrive in its natural state, and to encourage eco-tourism to the area.
The Pakhuis Conservancy is breathtakingly beautiful; filled with rugged landscapes and unique rock formations formed by the erosion of sandstone, whilst the mountains that continuously loom in the background are renowned throughout the world for rock climbing and bouldering. The name is more than likely derived from the Pakhuis Mountains that border the Cederberg Mountains to the north, and form the back drop to a number of farms, reserves and getaways in this remote part of the world (see Clanwilliam accommodation for some fabulous getaway options).
More often than not, the term Pakhuis is used interchangeably with the Pakhuis Pass, which forms the northern parameter of the Cederberg Wilderness Area and is an integral part of one of the more popular hikes in these mountains – the Pakhuis / Heuningvlei circuit - considered one of the great hikes of the Western Cape.
Heuningvlei, a little hamlet, has created a donkey cart trail from the summit of Pakhuis Pass to the little village, also known as a ‘buite stasie’ or outer station of the Moravian village of Wuppertal. The traditional donkey cart ride takes roughly two hours along a mountain track that takes in some of the most glorious mountain scenery and an array of indigenous plants and flowers en route.
Popular Activities in or near Pakhuis Conservancy
Pakhuisberg Day Walk
Pakhuisberg Day Walk is a circular walk in the northern Cederberg to the north of the R364. You will need a permit from the Kliphuis Campsite run by Cape Nature (if you have a Wild Card then the permits are free of charge). The Pakhuisberge, or...
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The three night Pakhuis Trail is one of six hikes of the Cederberg Heritage Route. It is a community led, slackpack hike. Overnight in community guest houses or homestays in the Moravian Mission villages of Heuningvlei, Brugkraal, Kleinvlei...
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Middelberg Waterfall Walk
One of the shorter and more manageable walks of the Cederberg, the walk to Middelberg waterfall nonetheless is fairly steep and gets the blood pumping. The trail is well-maintained and not difficult to follow. Follow clear signs from the Algeria...
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Trails on the Cederberg Heritage Route, as there are a number, start from Clanwilliam. It is a challenging, beautiful terrain, most of it designated Wilderness Are; wild, undisturbed, beautifully preserved with rather poor roads and very limited overnight accommodation.
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