Things To Do in GrahamstownMosslands Two River Trail
Where? Mosslands Farm just outside Grahamstown, Eastern Cape
When? Bookings are essential. Contact Two River Trail for bookings.
How? Call +27 (0)46 622-8956
How much? Price on request
Start: Mosslands Farm just outside Grahamstown
Finish: Mosslands farm
Duration: two days, 25 km, circular route
Fitness: moderate, not challenging and perfect for those after a good amount of shade
Our tip: look out for the interesting succulents on the rocks just after the viewpoint overlooking the cliffs
Situated in the Kariega and Assagai River valleys, the hills, ponds, rock pools, and incredible bird life make this green flag hike a trail to remember for nature lovers. It is self-guided, self-catered (but slackpack – your bags and food are driven to your overnight spots) and winds through farmland and indigenous forest for much of the hike.
Your first evening is spent on the banks of a large dam in reed chalets, set in amongst ancient wild olive trees. Day one is 15 km through indigenous bush, thicket and farmland along the banks of the Assegaai River to a restored settler cottage, Medbury Cottage, with glassless windows and a fireplace, where you spend your second overnight (you should be able to still draw water from the old well).
Day two begins along the Old Bay Road built by Andrew Geddes Bain in 1844 and takes you along a trail through the Kariega River valley for 10 km. As on the first day, you spend much of the walk under the canopy of indigenous trees. If the rivers are up then river pools are a highlight of the experience.
Much of the route winds around the hills and there are often sightings of buck and other animals as well as 174 different birds, if you are quiet.
Accommodation provides flush toilets, hot showers, braai facilities and gas cookers. Drinking water is only available at the overnight stops so be sure to fill up before venturing out.
It is possible to also do the hike as two day hikes with one overnight, and there are variations and short cuts that accommodate an early finish.