This trail offers you extensive views across the Overberg towards Gansbaai, but without too much climbing. The complete hiking trail is about 4 km, but it can also be split into 3 separate loops, should you need a shorter walk. The trail can be walked in either direction – we describe the complete trail in a clockwise direction. Consider walking anti-clockwise in the morning and clockwise in the evening, as then you will have the sun behind you as you walk.
Set off up the Saddle Hiking Trail, and follow this route until you reach the Gateposts – a pair of standing stones either side of the path. Just past the Gateposts the Saddle Trail turns to the right, and you want to take a left turn along the path leading down into the valley. Cross a small stream, and then follow the path which climbs up the ridge. A short detour from this path takes you to our Ebenezer Koppie, where we are building a Cairn of Thankfulness – do add a rock to the cairn. Continue up the ridge and the path will then bear right, re-crossing the small stream. Look out for our resident Black Harriers in this area, as they are often spotted here (but please do not disturb them by approaching). A little further on you will cross the Saddle Trail.
About 200m beyond the Saddle Trail crossing, keep an eye open for the turn-off to Lookout Rocks – this brief diversion is at the highest point on the path and is well worth taking for the spectacular view of the self-catering cottages and Overberg beyond. The path continues, contouring across the front of the mountain, past the Breakfast Table (why not bring your breakfast up here one morning?), and crosses the Rock Stacks Hiking Trail.
Continue along the path, which now descends gently to a rocky outcrop called The Fortress (most evident when approaching from below). If you leave the path and clamber up behind these rocks, you will be rewarded with a great view down into Candlewood Valley and towards David and Goliath Rock Stacks. From The Fortress follow the path down to where it joins the Waterfall Hiking Trail – turn right to head back to Reception.
If you would like a shorter walk, why not do the Ebenezer loop (return via the Saddle Trail), the Breakfast Table Route (using the Saddle Trail and Rock Stacks Trail to get to and from Reception) or The Fortress loop (access from or return via the Rock Stacks Trail, depending on which direction you take). See hiking map for routes.