Twaalfuurkop Peak Hike (Marloth Nature Reserve)

Twaalfuurkop Peak Hike

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The Hike

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Environment type:forest, hill, lake, mountain, pine
Location type:nature reserve, rural, village

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How much will it cost us?

Currency:South African Rand (ZAR)
 
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adult (hiking)ZAR40
 
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When should we go there, and for how long?

Average time taken:6 hours, 15 minutes
 
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High season:December, January
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Telephone:0285 141 410
 
Language(s):Afrikaans, English, Xhosa, Zulu
Timezone:UTC+02:00
Country calling code:27

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Geographical feature:Langeberg Mountain Range,
 
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The Directions

From the , head straight along the main road towards Doktersbos. After a short while you’ll see a junction with four different turnings. From left to right, take the third road (there should be a small sign pointing toward Doktersbos and Twaalfuurkop). Stick on this road for about 25 minutes more until you reach Doktersbos. You should see a sign pointing right up a trail toward Twaalfuurkop peak. Take this trail.
 
Within 20 minutes you’ll come to a T-junction. Don’t continue on to Plaat East (you can return to the this way later, however) but take the left up to Twaalfuurkop. From this junction it’s between 2 to 2 and half steep hours to the very top. After about two hours you should reach the first peak with Twaalfuurkop’s main peak immediately to your left. It’s only about 20 minutes to the summit from here, so if you’re feeling tired don’t worry!
 
Follow the trail over the peak to the backside of the mountain where the wind is stronger and the views are pretty spectacular. You’ll want to be heading left towards Twaalfuurkop’s main summit, but it’s easy to get a little lost here. Make sure you keep an eye out for the painted yellow footprints guiding your way. You’ll know when you’ve made it because you’ll reach a nondescript sign and the end of the up!
 
To return, either head back exactly the way you came, or when you reach the T-junction you passed earlier you could head left onto Plaat East. It’s only a little longer to return this way. You’ll need to cross a small stream and then turn left off this trail fairly quickly towards the and parking. You’ll need to take two to three more turnings down this route, but all of them are signposted back to the office and the parking area and it’s difficult to get lost here. From the T-junction, expect this leg of the journey to take just over an hour.
 
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The Directions

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The Directions

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What are the numbers and averages?

Distance:12km
Altitude:120 to 1,426m

Top Descriptions

Twaalfuurkop is one of the most accessible peaks in the , but that doesn’t make it an easy day hike by any means. Expect a fairly gruelling ascent to the top of the two peaks through woodland, scrub and streams and then rocky environments. Even at a quick pace you’ll still need 6 hours or so to complete the round trip, and if you’re looking to head deeper into the reserve then there’s plenty of opportunity for that. It’s windy at the top though, so come well prepared. – Daniel
 
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Top Tips

At 1,426m (and with a 1,200m ascent), Twaalfuurkop is no casual walk. Don’t forget to pick up a free map from the !
Expect the trail to be steep, fairly strenuous, a little overgrown in places and completely empty. At one point, you’ll need to make use of a chain that’s been attached to the rocks, and there are a quite a few places where you’ll need to do a bit more gentle climbing than strenuous hiking ;).
We were told that it’s quite possible to drink the stream water here. However, the water had a brown tinge when we were there and so we avoided doing so.
Watch out for the small but nasty looking spiders that like to build their webs across the paths. A small stick might help out here.
 
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