This donkey trail in Wupperthal is one of SA’s coolest adventures

2015-12-04 14:21 - Louzel Lombard
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If you're looking for an iconic South African experience in the Cederberg Mountains, the Donkey Tracking Route through the scenic Cederberg mountains will blow your mind. This route meanders over the rocky Cederberg terrain, past the iconic San rock paintings and unique sandstone rock formations of the area.  

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(Photo: Suzanne Wilson-Smith)

In Spring, the spectacular wild flowers can also be seen here. This route has brought a tourism boost to this Western Cape community.

Along with the route, 35 campsites and backpackers lodges able to accommodate 62 visitors in the area have also been developed to provide overnight accommodation, and shaded picnic sites with fencing and animal gates were built.  

The Suurrug and Wupperthal lodges have solar energy power sources, as part of the "Green Tourism" project by the Department of Tourism's Social Responsibility Implementation programme. The project has been designed to be socially, environmentally and economically sustainable.

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(Photo: Suzanne Wilson-Smith)

The traditional donkey carts are owned by members of local communities who live along the route, and provide a unique, eco-friendly way of experiencing the mountainous terrain. The unspoilt, rugged landscape lends itself to hiking and outdoor activities while the history, heritage and culture of the Moravian mission station offers a unique glimpse into rural South African life. 

The Donkey Tracking Route ties in with the hiking and outdoor lifestyle activities, which the Cederberg is famous for. During the development of the route, bridges and foot bridges have been improved to ensure access for tourists. Tourist sign posts in the area have also been improved.

(Photo: Suzanne Wilson-Smith)

(Photo: Suzanne Wilson-Smith)

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Want to go? Here you's what you need to know: 

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To organize your Donkey Tracking Route, contact the Wupperthal Tourism Bureau: Church Square Open:

Mon - Fri: 09:00 - 16:30

Sat: 09:00 - 12:00

Phone: 027 492 3410 

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