Krom River Trail (Boland)

  • Trail distance: max 10km (5-7 hours)
  • Region: Boland (Nearest town: Paarl) 
  • Fitness level: 1 to 2
  • Technical Difficulty: A

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This easy out-and-back trail starts in Du Toitskloof, immediately after the Worcester exit of the Huguenot Tunnel, keep to the right and take the emergency exit (Hiking sign). Permit holders can park at a fenced parking area. This parking area can also be accessed from the Worcester side near the tunnel control truck stop.

From the parking area the trail leads back towards the tunnel (as for the Elands River Trail). Look for a sign beneath the two bridges indicating the direction of the Krom River Trail. The trail crosses the Krom and Molenaars Rivers and leads for 2.5km (about 2.5 hours) to the Krom River waterfall.

The first section (about 10 minutes) of the footpath follows the right bank of the Molenaars River in the direction of the old tunnel. When it reaches the Krom River the path follows the right side of the kloof. At the top end of the kloof the vegetation becomes more dense. The last section leads through indigenous riverine forest to the first waterfall.

After reaching the first waterfall, the fit and energetic can climb over the waterfall using the chains, and proceed to the second waterfall. (do not do this if you are afraid of heights, and or if you do not have good strength in your arms). This climb is almost always slippery. However, the extra climb is worth it.

This very popular trails may be inaccessible in winter after heavy rains when the river can be difficult and dangerous to cross. It may be closed in winter. Hikers are cautioned when climbing between the first and second waterfalls, and are advised to carry a rope. The second waterfall and large plunge pool are quite spectacular.

Reservations: To make a booking please contact Cape Nature reservations office

Permits can sometimes be bought on the day at the Trout Farm just after the tunnel on the left hand side, but the trail limit is about 30 people so it is often better to book in advance.

 

Please stay safe while hiking up and down our beautiful mountains, and read some of the safety precautionsRather be safe than sorry, we always say! 🙂