Kututsa Hiking Trail
The Kututsa 2-day Hiking Trail commences at the barn, which is set in amongst a grove of old majestic oak trees and shady poplars, overlooking the polo field. It follows the Franshoek spruit through a poplar/acacia forest for 4 to 5 kms. One then climbs up to a panoramic view of the area, passing an old settlement amongst the rocks at the top. The remaining hiking on day one ends at the Kututsa Cave. Arriving here early allows time to venture off to the second cave where there is a waterfall in rainy seasons. Just 100 meters below the cave are fresh water rock pools where one can cool off and relax under the shade of the indigenous trees.
Day 2 climbs up the rock face, taking the hiker above the cave and again through the Witteberg Mountains. This trail winds through indigenous bush and crystal deposits, really taking one on a very special journey. On a clear day, the Maluti Mountains of Lesotho are visible from this vantage point. Eventually the trail makes its descent through “Hidden
Valley” returning hikers to the base camp.
- Length/Duration: 22km. First day 12km. Second day 10km.
- Degree of Difficulty: Average to difficult
- GPS coordinates S28 42.233 E28 01.689 (Basecamp)
- GPS coordinates S28 48.852 E27 56.365 (Turn-off from R26 onto S384)
Overnight facilities: Base camp: Barn with foam mattresses. Hikers are welcome to pitch their own tents. Ablution facilities: two bathrooms with showers and toilets. Hot water/shower upon request. Cooking facilities: Two braai areas. Gasbraaier with kettle.
Dividing wind shelters with hay on floor for sleeping, two compost toilets, drum water, braai facilities, grid and wood. Fresh fountain water available at 2nd cave. Kettle, skottelpan + 3-legged potjie (upon request).
For those less adventurous, or who prefer a comfy mattress to sleep on, there are many diverse walking trails on Franshoek and Nassau Farms. Pack a picnic and go out for the day, or do a quick tour in the glorious sunset hours. One can set off in almost any direction and experience an abundance of flora and fauna typical of the Eastern Free State. Stroll through the cherry orchard, walk to the “top of the world,” meander past one or more of the 6 dams, hike up to Rustler’s Valley’s “hole in the wall” or search for the warthogs or the “hidden cave.” Every season brings its own beauty with something new in store almost every time. Book our self-catering cottage, and live at your own pace, sharing our relaxing country retreat.
The Kututsa “Cave” is one of the largest rock overhangs in the Eastern Free State. The mouth is partially closed off by rock walls making it an ideal campsite. Most certainly it has been used by past generations of people and animals for shelter. Grinding stones, arrowheads and pottery shards can often be found on the cave floor.
It has a sleeping area with hay for 30+ persons, a kitchen/braai area, and men’s and ladies’ compost toilets. Fresh water is available at the second cave and wood can be gathered nearby.
For enqueries regarding camping, please contact Tracey at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Just beyond the cave, a 15m waterfall spills over from the rock ceiling. It runs from just a trickle in dry years to a gorgeous shower in wet season. It makes a great morning wake-up after an evening in the cave.
For those very adventurous, enquire with the owners about hiking the route to the “source” of the waterfall. This must be done barefoot or with water shoes and no props, only a swimming costume and/or sarong necessary. At points the hiker will be thigh deep in water as the rock walls close in on either side making the channel more and more narrow. Eventually the group must use some serious team building skills to climb and lift everyone out, while fresh mountain water pours down over you. Exhilarating!
Franshoek is known for its superb drinking water. The fountain, which pours out of the mountain, delivers over 30,000L of sparkling, pure mineral water per day. You will be delighted to drink, bathe in, swim in, steam with and praise this water.