This scenic route with a panoramic view of the sea in the West and the Cederberg mountains in the East, is set high in the “Engelsman-se-berg” on the Farm Lambertshoek, overlooking Graafwater and Clanwilliam. Buchu is still being actively cultivated and a variety of activities is offered to visitors.
The initial roads in the mountains were made to harvest the Buchu, which grows high in the mountains. Prior to the roads, the harvested Buchu had to be carried down the mountain by hand and donkey. These roads now form part of the Boegoeberg 4×4 trail. From the start of the trail, the climb begins passing interesting places en-route like “Buurman-se-gat”, “Sarel-se-kop”, Kliphuis, Die Poort, Groenvlei and Stillerus until you reach the Platklip viewpoint where a panoramic view awaits participants.
The 4×4 trail with a distance of ± 30km offers a variety of challenges from steep ascents and descents to technical driving sections where you will negotiate your passage around and
over large rock formations. On the last section to the Platklip viewpoint a stream is crossed on numerous occasions. The difficulty of this section can vary depending on the time of year the trail is visited. Your driving skills and your vehicle traction will definitely be tested, but with the peace of mind that you will not damage your vehicle.
The farm also offers a guesthouse, a farm shop stocking basic necessities and the beautiful sandstone cottage, “Buurman-se-gat”, about 2km from the start of the 4×4 trail. This thatched roof cottage, built against a natural rock overhang, with an indoor fireplace, an outside bush shower and a sea view toilet, is an ideal breakaway place
for a weekend. The charm of this cottage is unbelievable. A
short hike of 10 minutes will take you to a beautiful waterfall in the valley, with shade and
water all year around.
Two campsites are available on the farm for visitors, one at the start of the trail, under large trees and next to a dam, the other on top of the mountain at the Kliphuis. Both campsites offer basic toilet facilities and fresh water.