Koopmanskloof hiking


Outdoor enthusiasts can explore the rugged beauty of the Bottelary Hills on guided hikes on Mooiplaas and Koopmanskloof wine estates.  Both hikes run through conservation areas on the slopes of the Bottelary Hills in the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom.

Apart from stunning views, visitors could also sight game such as caracal, grysbok, grey duiker, porcupine, bat-eared foxes, Cape foxes and many bird species that are still prevalent in the Bottelary Hills.  Many of the fauna species are however nocturnal.

Mooiplaas private nature reserve was registered in 1995 and in 2020 Mooiplaas became the first WWF Conservation Champion in the Bottelary wine ward.  The 5.6km circular hiking trail meanders through the 70-hectare Mooiplaas private nature reserve with its rich plant life and beautiful views.  Permits available from the tasting room during trading hours.

The Koopmanskloof guided hike through the 98-hectare private nature reserve will take you to the highest point in the Bottelary Hills. Located at 476 meters above sea level, it offers uninterrupted views from Table Mountain to Paarlberg as well as the Drakenstein and Stellenbosch mountains.  On the opposite side lies the splendour of False Bay. “Koopman” is the Dutch word for trader and “Kloof” is a ravine, thus the direct translation is “Trader’s Ravine”.  Hikes at Koopmanskloof is on appointment only.  Bookings to be done at least 48 hours in advance via WhatsApp 0834480810 or e-mail christel@bottelaryconservancy.co.za at R50 per person.

Easily accessible for day and weekend visitors, the BHRC offers a variety of activities that cater for families, nature lovers, outdoor enthusiasts as well as food and wine connoisseurs.  For more information visit www.bottelaryconservancy.co.za or follow us on Instagram @bottelary_hills_conservancy or Facebook @BottelaryHillsConservancyMTB.

Flowering season is during September – November each year. During these months it will be possible to book hikes led by the viticulturist, Tielman Roos, who will provide information concerning the diverse species of the fynbos as well as the wines produced on Mooiplaas.  To book a guided hike e-mail info@mooiplaas.co.za