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The Grootdroom Trails are part of the Karoo Erdvark Trails, situated on the Rooiheuwel Karoo Guest Farm in the beautiful surroundings of the escarpment of the Nuweveld Mountains 80km west of Beaufort West and 60km north of Leeu-Gamka - Western Cape.

This Karoo Erdvark Grootdroom Trail is one of 3 first Green Flag Accredited Hiking Trails in the Karoo with its unique landscape consisting of flat topped mountains with enormous vistas over the outstretched plains but also incised valleys, deep gorges, high kranses and kloofs with small perennial pools and fountains for a swim. It has been developed to give the hiker a wilderness experience and consists of a network of trails that varies both in length and difficulty; with options for the more experienced hiker as well as for the leisure hiker.

The hiker is graced by magnificent, diverse and varying scenery of typical mountain-Karoo landscape while the silence, tranquility, peace and open sky at night is something special to experience. It is more than a hiking trail; it offers an authentic Karoo experience with a "skaap braai" option available.

On this beautiful Rooiheuwel Guest Farm there are in total, 8x different/separate day circular trails and a 2 - 5 Day Back Pack Trail.

Facilities / Accommodation:

Grootdroom is a beautifully constructed, self-contained mountain chalet, built on the banks of a dry riverbed surrounded by the Nuweveld Mountains. This holiday home was made for comfortable living for 16 guests, with well-equipped features such as a complete 12 volt photovoltaic (PV) solar system that uses the sun as a renewable energy source to satisfy its own electricity needs e.g. lights and fridge.

There are: 4x fully furnished bed rooms: a 3 - 5-sleeper rooms. There is a wooden deck overlooking the mountains, and an inside braai area. A fully furnished open plan kitchen/sitting room. Gas stove, 213l solar fridge/freezer. Fully equipped wheelchair friendly bathroom. Separate shower, separate toilet, 2x outdoor cold water showers, outdoor flush toilet with a beautiful view. Outside lapa with bonfire and braai facilities under the starlight skies. An attractive stone dam for cooling down in the hot African sun, rounds off a most enjoyable stay.

Trail options from and back to Grootdroom Base Camp:
There are 4 separate day circular trails from and back to the base camp.
A detailed contour trail map with GPS Co-ordinates is available.
Knoffelfontein trail: 2 km. Doringleegte trail: 5.1 km
Donkerhoek trail: 8.3 km. Tafelkop trail: 4.4 / 17.4 / 18.9 km

R190 per adult and R140 for children 7 14 years of age per night.

Also on the Rooiheuwel Guest Farm - you can book and enjoy the Boplaas Hiking Trails which is situated in a different part of the Rooiheuwel Farm with its own separate hiking trails, different and own accommodation options. Click here for more info.

Grootdroom Base Camp

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