The Oorlogskloof River flows into the Doring River from the north, draining the Nieuwoudtville plateau. The 5-day Rock Pigeon Route winds through spectacular canyon-land and has been designed to take the hiker up chimneys, behind waterfalls and over great boulders. Negotiating these obstacles with a heavy pack can be quite strenuous. Water is scarce in the summer months too, so be warned. It is, however, one of my favourites. Peter, Big Ron and I tackled it one spring and Peter wrote an amusing account in his idiosyncratic style.

Climbing the chimney Oorlogskloof

Peter and Ron at Brakwater or Driefontein View the photo album

The photos below are Peter’s:

The Footprint Hiking Club has an interesting page on the hike.

Oorlogskloof's trails

Oorlogskloof’s trails

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