From soft adventure to intense trail running and mountain biking, the Dwarsrivier Valley offers outdoors’ enthusiasts a depth of experiences to suit their wanderlust.
Kilometres of hiking and mountain biking trails are set against the backdrop of an extraordinarily beautiful natural setting. Whether you choose to explore by foot or bike, and no matter your particular interest or fitness level, the friendly Dwarsrivier locals can help you uncover the best of the outdoors in their neighbourhood. You’ll feel utterly invigorated after a day of adventuring in this scenic corner of the world.
Pniël on Foot
Explore the history of slavery, emancipation, and prosperity in the village of Pniël. Enjoy a guided walk through the heritage sites of the quaint village of Pniel. You’ll learn all about the history of the freed slaves that settled here after the abolition of slavery in 1843. This easy circular walk starts and ends at the Pniel museum and is presented by local guides.
Journey of Hope and Healing
“This walk is not just about healing the injustices of the past, but rallying to working towards the prosperous society we can be.” Professor Thuli Madonsela Set against the backdrop of our country’s turbulent history, this 16 km walk aspires to embrace social justice. While acknowledging past injustices, we commit ourselves to create an environment in which all the communities in Stellenbosch can enjoy the immense benefits of our tourism potential.
Dwarsrivier Living History tour
Lace-up your shoes and delve into generations of living history, traversing the breathtaking Dwarsrivier Valley. This Living History Tour – available as a walking or mountain biking tour – takes you into the heart and homes of the people of Pniël, Johannesdal and Kylemore. Discover the history and rich culture of these communities, originally settlements of former freed slaves, as you set off from the Dwarsrivier Tourism office in Pniël. Visit the Social Monuments at the Werf, the Pniël Museum, marvel at street art and pop in for a coffee break at a guest house in Johannesdal, at the foot of the majestic Simonsberg. Follow the Dwars Rivier on the Dream Stream trail to Kylemore, where you’ll visit a craft project initiative and church before ending off with lunch at Beker and Bord, a home dining experience.
Brandon’s Silvermine Hikes
The caves are a must see, when going up Simonsberg mountain. Kylemore mountain, got the most beautiful waterfalls all year. Wine tasting at Boschendal and neighbouring farms.
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Pniël Cultural and Environmental Tours
Break away from the usual wine tasting and discover or explore the beauty of a small missionary town Pniel, close to Stellenbosch with a unforgettable scenic moderate hike in the mountains of the Dwarsriver valley . We over 3 main products. They are hiking to Pniel Silver mine caves in the Simonsberg mountain, Kylemore Ostrich Kloof waterfalls in the Banhoek Concervancy and the Lanquedoc Devils Kloof waterfalls also in the Banhoek Concervancy. Ideal for people who loves a early 4 hour hike and lovely food or wine tasting after the hike. We also over pick up and drop off services.
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