The Green and Blue Mountain Trail – Elgin

The Green and Blue Mountain Trails are four and three - day hikes along the Groenlandberg and Elgin valley - Houw Hoek, Western Cape. Approximately 1hr’s drive from Cape Town. The trail's traverse a tapestry of fynbos, private nature reserves, wine and fruit farms - offering four-star country lodging, fine Cape cuisine and enriched guiding.

Daily hike distances range between 11 - 18 km/day, with every day offering a varied terrain and experience. From picnic lunches at Oak Valley to poplar forest explorations, fynbos on the Houwhoek mountains, or a refreshing dip in a stream along the way. A slack packing trail in this neck of the woods, would not be complete without a few wine tastings along the way. Here Porcupine Hills, Paul Cluver and Beaumont wines come to taste.

  • Trip DurationGreen Mountain: 4 Night/ 4 Day TrailBlue Mountain: 3 Night/ 3 Day Trail
  • Daily DistancesDay 1: 18km Day 2: 15kmDay 3: 13 km Day 4: 11km
  • Trail Grading3/ 5 - Fitness. Moderate to good hiking fitness recommended.2/ 5 - Technicality. Mostly good clear trail. Some long’ish ascents. Rocky in parts.
  • Trail TerrainMountain paths, ravine trails and wine and fruit farm traverses.
  • Accommodation4-star equivalent Country Houses and Lodges.
  • Logistic SupportProfessionally guided, fully supported slack packing trail with exclusive extras - wine tastingsLuggage transfers and return transfers to start of trail
  • Group SizeScheduled from a Monday to a Friday, with a min group size of 7 - max 10 persons/ trip
  • PricingFrom R8,950/pp/sharing for the 3 day/3 night trail
At a Glance

The Green Mountain trail (4 days/ 4 nights) scheduled from a Monday to Friday, traverses mostly privately-owned land, with all landowners being members of the Groenlandberg Conservancy: the world’s first biodiversity wine route, and part of the region’s efforts to conserve the environment and promote responsible tourism.

The Blue Mountain Trail, which runs from a Tuesday to a Thursday, is a three day - three night slackpacking trail on the southern side of the Elgin Valley. The trail is 50 km in total, traversing forest, wilderness, fynbos and fruit farms.

As part of the trail’s social responsibility programme, hikers are encouraged to “Walk with an Alien”, a project in which a personalised walking stick is carved from alien vegetation by local communities.

  1. Green Mountain Day 1Arrival Day: Arrive at Porcupine Hills (near Houw Hoek) between 16h00-17h30

    Local Wine tasting & dinner

    Overnight: Porcupine Hills (Dinner provided)

  2. Day 2Hike Day 1: Walking in the Kogelberg Conservancy Core (18km / 6 hrs)

    Breakfast at Porcupine Hills. Transfer to Kogelberg Biosphere fringe by tractor. Steady walk to the top of Groenlandberg, through the Biosphere Core to Nuweberg. Picnic lunch enjoyed on the mountain. Return transfer to Porcupine Hills to overnight.

    Overnight: Porcupine Hills (breakfast, picnic lunch & dinner)

  3. Day 3Hike Day 2: Hike through Fynbos and Vines (15km / 5hrs)

    Transfer to Nuweberg and bags transferred to Wildekrans. Walk through the vineyards and fynbos along the foot of the Groenlandberg. Picnic lunch on Oak Valley Estate. Continue on to Paul Cluver Wine Estate with wine tasting & afternoon tea. Transfer provided to Wildekrans Country House, Houw Hoek Village.

    Overnight: Wildekrans Country House (breakfast, picnic lunch & dinner)

  4. Day 4Hike Day 3: Game and Forests (13km / 4- 5hrs)

    Breakfast at Wildekrans. Transfer to Paul Cluver Estate - where the walk embarks through poplar forest. Walk through the failed MTO forest and into the fynbos of the Houw Hoek mountains.

    Lunch under the trees at Wildekrans Country House. Afternoon at leisure.

    Overnight: Wildekrans Country House (breakfast, picnic lunch & dinner)

  5. Day 5Hike Day 4: Leopard and Ox Wagon Route (11km / 4- 5hrs)

    Breakfast at Wildekrans. Head towards Bot River through the Biosphere fynbos. Rest stop at Stony Beach and ledge rock. Climb up Pincushion ridge and discover Haws ton lookout.

    Descend into Bot River and Beaumont Wines. Lunch in Bot River village.

    Transfer back to Porcupine Hills to collect your vehicle. Porcupine Hills has an open air shower with views over the olive grove where you can refresh before departure.

Looking onto the Groenlandberg from Wildekrans Guest house

4-star equivalent Country Houses and Lodges (all ensuite).

Bedding and towels provided

Cuisine with Cape flair and finesse

Private Wine Tastings & Picnic spreads

Art & Garden Sculptures by prominent local artists

Wildekrans Guest House
  1. Can children join this hike?

    Yes, accompanied by an adult and being sufficiently fit for the durations.

  2. Are we a private group if we not a group of 10 persons?

    No. We will 'schedule' the trip and add others to it up to maximum of 10 hikers/ per trip. If you want exclsuivity, please try to arrnage a group of 10 persons.

  3. Do you cater for vegans?

    Yes, we cater to all diets and have delicious dishes lined up for all walkers.

  4. Can I bring my dog along?

    No, unfortunately not, we walk in protected natural and remote areas where domestic animals are not permitted.

  5. Which is your closest airport and how far from you?

    Cape Town International, 80km.

  6. Do you recommend a transfer company or should we rent a car?

    We recommend Overberg Transfers who will collect and drop you avoiding the hassle of renting your own car.

  7. Do you walk all year round?

    Yes, we do. We tend not to walk in the month of July, unless it is the only time a group can get away.

Green Mountain: 4 Night/ 4 Day Trail: R12 490/pp

Blue Mountain: 3 Night/ 3 Day Trail - R9 600/pp

Whats included in this tour
  • 4/3 Nights Accom in 4 Star Country Houses
  • Specialist Guiding 3-4 hike days
  • All meals - from dinner on arrival night to lunch on departure day
  • All private wine tastings, teas and snacks
  • Conservancy levies and contributions to landowners /charities
  • Luggage Support
  • Daily transfers as per itinerary and return to vehicles (start)
  • A ‘Walk with an Alien’ Walking Stick