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“Just do it”

Drupkelders Hiking Trail
Ranked #32 of 77 things to do in Knysna
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Owner description: Relatively short walk, only 3.6km. The hills and descents are very steep. Be sure to take your camera and eats because when you reach the Homtini River the rewards are satisfying and you will want to spend some time there. The waters of the river are very refreshing and is a great idea to take your swim wear for a dip in the summer.
Reviewed 18 February 2014

You'll obvisiously read it's a very steep climb back... Well it is. But it won't kill you. Promise. Do it. It's worth it.

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Reviewed 17 February 2014

I'm hesitant to write this review. This is such a gem that it's a shame if it were to become overly crowded. Fortunately it is quite a hike and you'll need a permit.

The hike down is about 15 to 20 minutes. Back up takes a bit more, let's say 25 minutes. Prepare yourself for a 200 to 250 meter height difference, going down on the way there and going up when you leave.

All-in-all, it's not a real difficult hike, just a bit strenuous. However, it's not a stroll in the park, this is a real hike - prepare: bring water and a first aid kit. The reward when you get down is fantastic: untouched nature and solitude in the rock pools.

There were a few locals that came in when we were there. They showed us the places where you can dive off the rocks.

Easiest place is all the way upstream, near the small waterfall. You can get on the rocks to the left of the fall (as seen from the water). From there it's an easy climb up to either one of three levels. The water you're jumping in is very deep.

There is another cliff dive, but that one is harder to get on. It's from the cliff you pass on your right when you swim to the fall.

Getting to the trailhead can be a challenge. The route description that you get from SANparks is incorrect. It states that you should go "right" at the last intersection, where the correct direction is left! Permits are not obtained at the SANparks office in Knysna but at a local office which was already closed when we got there.

1  Thank Roel B
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Reviewed 7 February 2014 via mobile

What a hike! Especially in the return...you have to swim and regain enegy for the STEEP walk back. Only 3.4km in total. 30min there and a bit more strenuous 30min back. Well worth it. Beautifull by the crisp cool pools.

1  Thank marizette_13
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Reviewed 18 September 2013

The distance of 3.5km gives the impression that this is easy. It is NOT! Go well prepared wearing proper shoes and enough drinking water to last until you reach the river. It is a very steep descent and during wet weather there are muddy areas. The coca cola coloured river (due to the vegetation) is beautiful and the water tastes like water is supposed to taste. Take in enough of that refreshing water, because when you glance upwards you will realise that the way back is going to be difficult! It is a worthwhile experience though, as being so enclosed in the very dense forest is magical and mysterious. The trees are so high and grow so closely together in some areas that very little daylight can penetrate. When you stand still and listen to the bird calls and almost constant movement of forest creatures in the undergrowths, you almost want to believe that a fairy is going to appear out of nowhere. Take time to just be quiet and you will feel the spirit of the forest... :-)

2  Thank Jeanette Z
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Reviewed 25 February 2013

A 3.5 kms walk then a steep decent, at times using a rope (provided and fixed) to help you down and back up again. At the bottom there are magnificent rock pools and overhanging rocks. A joy to swim in the tea coloured water! Worth the effort but definitely not for the anyone who is not pretty fit. Young children might struggle.

1  Thank R_S1963
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