The Piet My Vrou Fynbos Hiking Trail in Suurbraak is a 6km, mostly uphill walk that should take roughly two hours to complete. Here’s how to get there, where to park and what to expect on the trail.

 

How to get to the “Piet My Vrou” hiking trail in Suurbraak

 

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In the past, this was a paid route, but it is still accessible today, just off Russouw Square on the R324, near the police station and church – there’s a gravel road leading up to the west bridge. That’s where the route starts.

There is parking available on the square, near the old visitor centre, or at the church nearby. 


Route description

 

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The route crosses the Buffelsjags River via the west bridge and carries on until a fork in the road. Take the path on the right leading to the forest and continue uphill. This leads to another fork, keep left on it, following the inclining forest road until another left takes you to the highest point of the route.  

 

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This highest point is called the Lower Lookout and is where the route goes back down. This takes hikers back through the forest before swinging right towards the Caledon river. It then meanders along the river before turning right and then left towards the Buffeljags River. The east bridge takes hikers over the river, where you will make a right onto the R324 main road, and head to the start. 


What you can see on the route

 

 

According to Ernie Mellet, who ran the route for several years, the best time to visit is in August. This is when the vegetation is at its finest and the proteas are out in full force to bloom. 

 

 

Various heather fynbos are also found throughout the trail and, on the route back, there is a waterfall Mellet describes as majestic. 

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