Maalgat Walk

Hiking Trails / Walks & Hiking in or near Biedouw Valley, Cederberg in the Western Cape, South Africa.

Things To Do in Biedouw ValleyMaalgat Walk

Hiking Trails Walks & Hiking Cederberg Olifants River Valley

Where? Start and finish at Sanddrif camping area in Cederberg Wilderness Area, Cederberg, Western Cape

When? Please enquire.

How? Call +27 (0)27 482-2825

How much? Price on request

Overnight? Stay at accommodation in Biedouw Valley, in Western Cape

Start: Sanddrif camping area
Finish: Sanddrif camping area
Duration: 2 km, an hour or so
Fitness: easy
Our tip: day visitors are not allowed over long weekends or school holidays; get your permit from the Dwarsrivier office

Justin Lawson, a South African climber and blogger, tried walking across a line he set up across the Maalgat pool in the Cederberg. His idea: to emulate the pictures he had seen of solo high-lining above Yosemite. Whilst Maalgat is not Yosemite, the blue of the sky and the orange cliffs around the hole are definitely as beautiful.

This effortless walk into the unusual cliffs at Sanddrif is about its aesthetic appeal rather than any hiking challenge. The reward: fantastic swims and cliff side jumps!

Maalgat (grind hole), often called Malgat (mad hole), or Hippo Pool, by locals is a natural pool in the sandstone below Sanddrif. One follows a well sign-posted path downstream along the Dwars River. You may find yourself distracted well ahead of the pool as there are various spots at which to paddle or relax. Look out for a stone wall to your left, through which the path passes, taking you to the pool.

Maalgat is huge and very deep. There is also no shade, so despite the temptation to head there when the sun is at its zenith during summer, be aware that you will need sunscreen and hats to survive the experience.

As far as rewarding, short and uncomplicated walks go, this one comes in tops.

Why not overnight? Find Accommodation in Biedouw Valley

Enjo Nature Farm

Bed & Breakfast / Self Catering

Enjo Nature Farm

You will find Enjo Nature Farm far from the main tourist tracks in the wild and unspoiled Biedouw Valley of the Cederberg ... more has been assisting travellers with their South Africa travel plans since 1999, and is the largest online travel guide for South Africa available in both English and German. © 1999-2016. All Rights Reserved. Find and book hotels and accommodation in South Africa. Sitemap