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The Skaapplaas Hiking Trail is situated between Mossel Bay and Oudtshoorn in the Western Cape, South Africa.

Skaapplaas is a farm at the foot of the Outeniqua Mountains that offers country style accommodation and a great hiking trail. The trail is an accredited 10 km circular hiking trail that will take between 5 and 6 hours to complete, depending on the size and abilities of your group. The trail is an easy to moderate trail, category 3, and hikers need a certain level of experience.

Located just outside Mossel Bay in the Garden Route, the trail boasts some of the most beautiful scenery around. The trail passes through an indigenous Stinkwood forest with tranquil mountain stream and plenty of bird life. The hills are covered in fynbos with clusters of King Protea and trail offers panoramic views of Mossel Bay and the surrounding areas.

The Kouma riverbed offers a refreshing break where hikers can admire the waterfall and have a cooling swim in the natural pools or relax alongside the river. Remember your sunscreen, water and binoculars!

Thing to do and see

  • Waterfalls
  • Rock pools
  • Streams and Rivers
  • San Rock Paintings
  • Indigenous Forest
  • 600 year old Yellowwood Trees
  • Viewpoints


Booking is essential. Pricing on request, please contact Skaapplaas directly.

Find Us

In the Ruitersbos area at the foot of Robinson Pass, 5-km from the R328 between Oudtshoorn and Mossel Bay, which is on the N2 south of George, which is at the intersection of the N2 with the N12. Travel north on the R328 from Mossel Bay. Pass Brandwag and turn west onto the Haelkraal road for 3 km. Turn right off the Haelkraal road towards Skaapplaas ( 1km ). On the right hand side of the road, see signpost named "Skaapplaas".


Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 16˚C and 27˚C with high rainfall in March and October.

Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 7˚C and 21˚C with the lowest rainfall in June and July.


Commercial Airlines offer flights into George Airport, 50 km from Mossel Bay. Car hire facilities are located at the Airports. Follow the R328 toward Ruiterbos.

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