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Classification
- a pristine (46%) and natural (31%) environment
- with  accommodation
- with moderate to easy difficulty grading
(category 3)
- with excellent trail facilities

Basic Trail Description
This one day hiking trail initially ascends in a valley through an indigenous forest, fynbos and wattles. It leads to a beautiful view over the Ruiterbos valley and the sea at Mossel Bay. The major attractions of the trail are waterfalls and swimming holes. Two sets of interesting Bushman paintings can be viewed. The return route follows the Kouma river (with many pools) reaching a sudden climb up the face of the valley.

The final part of the route runs once again through fynbos, grassland and old pastures over the plato up to the house. For those who prefer not to walk the whole trail, transport can be organised to the top of the waterfall.

The Skaapplaas hiking trail is an accredited hiking trail of approximately 10 km long and takes between 5 and 6 hours to complete

It passes through an indigenous stinkwood forest with tree ferns, tranquil mountain streams and is a bird watcher’s paradise. The cool forest breeze is a refreshing experience on a summer day. Yellowwood trees of some 600 years old have made this their home.

The surrounding hills are covered with fynbos and host the famous King Protea.  Panoramic views of Mossel Bay and surrounds are not uncommon along the trail.
 

In the Ruitersbos area at the foot of Robinson Pass, 5-km from the R328 between Oudtshoorn and Mossel Bay, which is on the N2 south of George, which is at the intersection of the N2 with the N12. Travel north on the R328 from Mossel Bay. Pass Brandwag and turn west onto the Haelkraal road (before Eight bells Mountain Inn). Turn right off the Haelkraal road towards Skaapplaas.