Kasteelkop Nek Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,138' 347 m
Descent: -3' -1 m
High: 1,421' 433 m
Low: 286' 87 m
GradeAvg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 31% (17°)
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“Panoramic views of both Kleinmond and Palmiet river in one go.”— Gerda Theron
Closing times: None
Amenities: Day-picnic/barbecue sites (No ablutions)
Closest Café/Store: Kleinmond harbour market/Penguin Place (Betty's bay)
Other activities: Rock climbing (Kasteel peak), Tubing
Weather: Differs vastly from Cape Town
Peak rainfall Jun/Jul/Aug
Hazards: Snakes, theft (Low season)
The closest hospital is in Gordon's bay 30 min away, so familiarity with poisonous snakes such as Bergadder,
Puffadder and Cape Cobra (rarely if ever spotted) is a good precaution for summer.
The small climb from Spooknek might seem steep, but the trail is well maintained and easy to follow. On the plateau itself, several routes may branch off from the straight shot to the beacon. In most intersections you'll find signs indicating "Highlands Trail" that refers to a 2-day trail through the area (ignore all turnoff's). If the trail is done early morning then most of the ascent will be in the mountains shadow with the exception of Spooknek-to-Peak.
Note: The last waterpoint is at the trails divergence at the bottom.
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Land Manager: Overberg municipality