CapeTownMagazine.com

Kloofing Suicide Gorge

For Moments of Joy. Follow our social channels
for useful news, daily local champions
 
072 350 2062
Ideas Cartel, The Old Foundry, 1 Sand Hill Road, Green Point
www.capetownmagazine.com/subscribe
now@capetownmagazine.com
CapeTownMag
CapeTownMagazine.com
capetownmag

Kloofing Suicide Gorge

Dare to hike, swim and jump this thrilling waterway

Last updated: Tuesday, 1 February, 2022

Suicide Gorge is a full-day, wet-hike (18km, 9 to 12 hours), an outdoor adventure in the scenic Boland Mountains. It's ideal for summer, a water wonderland with spectacular canyon scenery. You’ll walk, swim and jump off cliffs  ranging from 3 to 20 metres high, into the freshwater rock pools below. For  those who love thrill and adrenaline, this is an awesome adventure.


Get a waterproof camera and capture great shots. Image: Jamie-Lee Day, @autumnpressblog

 

WHAT TO EXPECT ON THE HIKE

There is good signage; always hike in the direction Suicide Gorge. You’ll walk through a beautiful forest and mountain fynbos before tackling the exhilarating gorge. Follow the course of the river to a junction pool by boulder-hopping, swimming, hiking and leaping into pools from heights of 3 to 20 metres.


Follow the Suicide Gorge sign for an exhilirating adventure. Image: @thedadlibrary

It’s possible to avoid the early jumps and swims by scrambling around the ever-present water hazards, but don’t miss out on the fun – plus it’s worth getting wet to cool down. Once you‘re wet you’ll pretty much stay that way. From now on it will be jumping and swimming, on repeat. You’ll also slide down moss-covered rock slides into the pools.


Slide down moss-covered rock slides – it’s a huge amount of fun. Image: @thedadlibrary

 

EXPERIENCE THE ADRENALINE RUSH

The river is a fast-flowing mass of tannin-coloured water, fresh and cool to the taste and refreshing to swim in. There are waterfalls and ancient rock formations shaped by thousands of years of the free-flowing river. A few jumps, swims, rock scrambles, slips and slides later and you’ll reach the “compulsory” high jump. Remember, once in, the only way you're going to get out of this section of the Riviersonderend Mountains is via some gravity-defying jumps.


Go with friends who will motivate and encourage you. Image: Jamie-Lee Day, @autumnpressblog

It’s important that you are fit and an experienced hiker before taking on this hike. It’s also advised to go with someone who has done it before, preferably a guide. The route can be dangerous in extreme weather conditions. 


Find a trusted and experienced guide to lead you. Image: @thedadlibrary

 

GET INTO COURAGE MODE

Suicide Gorge is the kind of hike that tests you physically and mentally - it will force you to be courageous. You have to love the thrill and adrenaline that comes with hiking and jumping big heights. When standing on a cliff and 20m below you is a rock pool, you have no choice but to be courageous. A piece of advice Chad Nathan (travel photographer and filmmaker) gave is don’t hesitate. Once you decide to jump, you have to commit fully to the jump. 

 
 
 
View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Tauriq (@thecapetownlocal)

Build courage and experience some thrilling jumps. Image: @thecapetownlocal 

 

DO IT WITH A GROUP OF GOOD FRIENDS

According to Chad, it’s quite an emotional experience. It not only builds courage but is a bonding experience and builds camaraderie amongst friends. The truth is, once you are out there, you need each other. You need people who will motivate and encourage you when you’re at your most tired and scared. According to Tauriq (Pro mountain guide), the risk seems great before the jump but the reward after the jump is greater. The euphoria you feel after landing in the water is unbeatable.   


The views from the pools are as impressive as they are from above. Image: @nicole.skwara

 

IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW

The route is open from 1 November to 30 April; for reservations (permits) call 021 483 2949; excursions on Saturdays and Sundays must be booked a month in advance. A shorter booking period is allowed for weekday excursions. Group size: five groups of six people allowed over weekends; groups of 12 to 15 allowed on weekdays. The gate opens at 6am; you will not be allowed to start your hike after 9am.

 

WHAT TO BRING

  • Money for the permit (R400).

  • Good, lightweight hiking shoes.

  • Swimsuit, a quick drying t-shirt and swimming shorts. Cotton is not advised. Remember, this is a wet hike.

  • Wetsuit if you get cold quickly.

  • A change of clothes to leave in the car.

  • Water bottle.

  • Lunch and energy snacks in sealed bags.This hike requires energy.

  • A proper dry bag is highly recommended, bearing in mind that everything will get wet.

  • Waterproof sunblock. There are patches of shade for you to rest in but the majority of the walk is exposed. Start the hike early.

  • Waterproof camera. The views are incredible and you might want your friends taking pictures of you doing the jumps and the other way around.

 

HOW TO GET TO THERE

Suicide Gorge lies in the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve (70 000 ha), 90km south-east of Cape Town. The entrance is at Nuweberg, 11km from Grabouw on the R321. 

From Cape Town take the N2. 

Turn left at the Orchard Farm Stall in Grabouw.  

Turn left again at the Villiersdorp junction.

 

WHEN + WHERE TO GO  

Suicide Gorge is open: Monday to Sundays, 6am to 7pm, 1 November to 30 April

Find it: Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve, 90km south-east of Cape Town. The entrance is at Nuweberg, 11km from Grabouw on the R321

Reserve a permit: 021 483 0190, reservation.alert@capenature.co.za 

 

By Katleho Mohale

---

OTHER HIKES AND THINGS TO DO OUTDOORS 

Here are 7+ things to do this weekend

Discover other great hikes in Cape Town

Enjoy cooling off at natural rock pools in Cape Town

---

Loved discovering this?  Make sure you get our popular weekly newsletter.Follow and like us on TwitterFacebookLinkedInInstagramPinterest for updates.

 

Cape Town Events Calendar
February 2023
SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28

Char'd Grill meat appreciation platterMeat appreciation platter at a ...

3 cuts of meat, sizzling side dishes + epic mad-scientist experience

Char'd Grill tasting traysSpirit tastings and unique cuts at this ...

Bring out your inner mad scientist: experiment with unique spirits + meat cuts

Pear Tree cocktailsHolistic food + drink at this healthy ...

Sit under the trees and enjoy kombucha cocktails, vegan dishes + a sea view

Ficks 8 things you didn’t know about this ...

Boozy milkshakes, pinchos, wildlife watching + more

Pear Tree HermanusUnconventional vegan dishes at this ...

From tofu tostadas and kombucha cocktails to MasterChef-level desserts

Dutchies Summer LoungeThe best beach day at this summer lounge

Boozy milkshakes, flammkuchen, sushi + more at Dutchies Summer Lounge

Milk on the Beach5 reasons to visit this beach-side ...

Never-ending summer of waffles, hotdogs, cocktails...

Waffle Shack by Milk on the BeachOur team’s top picks at the Waffle ...

Beach-side eatery is perfect for kids, adults and dogs alike

Park Inn Foreshore ribsAll-you-can-eat ribs in the CBD

Tuesdays are ribs days (and nights) at Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Foreshore

Drumstruck performersDrumstruck at Silvermist! African drum ...

Drumstruck is back from Broadway and playing for a limited run in Cape Town

Taj Jiva SpaJiva Spa Special: 3 massages x 30 mins ...

Select 3 treatments from 7 options, from head massage to deluxe pedicure

Bombay BrasserieBombay Brasserie offers sumptuous ...

Taste 7 unique dishes (+ a surprise) at Taj Cape Town’s signature eatery

Blue Train ParkKids Party Idea: Take a ride on the ...

BOOK Now and let the outdoor adventure begin!

Judd's Local wineFree wine tastings in the city

What’s on offer: Wines from Darling to Hermanus, all at Judd’s Local

Breathwork Africa foundation3+ ways to get your breath back and ...

Classes, courses, retreats on conscious breathing run by the trainers leading the global ...

Klein Roosboom tasting caveTaste wine in a cave

Boutique winery with 6 six cosy tasting nooks. Plus platters, picnics + trails

GiveawaysTravel Tips