With winter shedding its coat, it is time for outdoor enthusiasts and active travellers to get out their hiking boots for the upcoming season of Falke Full Moon Hikes hosted by Dirtopia on Delvera farm in Stellenbosch.
Hiking season runs from October this year through to April 2018 with no less than 13 scheduled Falke Full Moon Hikes on the calendar including a special New Year’s Eve Hike on Sunday, 31 December.
The 9.75km Delvera Vineyard Trail is set in The Simonsberg Conservancy, which was formed by surrounding farmers in 2004 to protect the rare Renosterveld (Rhino field) vegetation type. The trail meanders through vineyards and the majestic Yellow Wood forest to summit Klapmutskop at 523m with panoramic views of the Winelands and Cape Town – and of course spectacular sunsets and moon rises.
Starting from the Dirtopia Trail Centre, it will take approximately 2,5 hours to reach the top, which is why hikers are advised to arrive at the stipulated times. Times changes every month according to when the sun sets and the moon rises. Farm vehicles are available to transport children and elderly hikers to the start of the shorter 4,5km route from the famous Pepper Tree.
The cost for the Falke Full Moon Hikes at Delvera is R100 for adults and R50 for children under the age of 10 and includes shuttles, permits and a map. Klapmutskop is part of Simonsberg Conservancy and part of the permit goes towards this non-profit. For this reason, no dogs allowed. Torches are needed for walking down (also for sale at Trail Centre) and something warm to wear.
Bookings should be done at the Dirtopia Trail Centre in advance to avoid disappointment as space is limited. Picnics can be booked at least two days before the event date, but you are also welcome to pack your own or enjoy a light meal at the Dirtopia Café on your return to the trail centre.
Diarise the Falke Full Moon Hikes for the remainder of this year: 5 October, 3 & 4 November, 2 & 3 December and the special New Year’s Eve Sunset Hike on 31 December. Bookings and enquiries can be done via the website www.dirtopia.co.za or call 021- 884 4752.
Make sure you are wearing comfortable shoes and socks. Falke combines over a century of expertise with the most advance performance technology to offer consumers a wide range of carefully engineered hiking socks for ultimate wearer comfort.
The latest ranges are available at the Dirtopia Trail Centre, Cape Union Mart, Sportsmans Wharehouse as well as online at www.falke.co.za and selected outlets.