Gecko Trail

Wilderness Hiking

The Gecko Trail is our 46km multi-day wilderness hiking trail established in 2003. This unique trail allows you to choose where you start, where you end and what level of difficulty you prefer. It is a linear trail with three major stop/start points.

The Gecko trail connects the Nuy valley (near Worcester) via the Nuy River Gorge with Simonskloof . This is route A and is the more tricky of the routes. Route B takes you along the ridge of the Langeberg connecting you with Langdam guest farm in the Koo valley. Route B is a more relaxed experience. Where do you sleep? The end and starting points on each route offers an array of accommodation options. This needs to be booked independently and well in advance; however, either route can be a day hike. A future extension of the trail is Route D which will connect the Gecko with the famous Arangieskop hiking trail above Robertson. It is still in the planning /building stage.

Since 2012 the Gecko Trail forms part of the Rim of Africa a 650km mega trail. This connects us with the Hex River Valley and Montagu. A wilderness trekking experience out of the ordinary!

Gecko Trail Directions

On booking you will receive the written trail directions and latest map of the Gecko Trail along with your hiking permit.

Gecko Trail Reference Maps

Fact File :

Length of Trail: Route A (Nuy-Sim): 17 km / 6 – 10 hours                                           Route B (Sim-Lan): 15 km / 5 – 7 hours                                           Route C (Sim-Pen): 14 km / 6 – 9 hours
Difficulty: Route A: Strenuous with some difficult scrambling sections               Route B: Moderate and easy but steep sections
Route C: difficult wild & bushy sections
Type of Trail: Wilderness trail marked by rock cairns – 14 river crossings on Route A
Vegetation: Mountain Fynbos, Succulent Karoo, Renosterbosveld
Game: Rhebok, Leopard, Baboons and … Geckos!
Attractions: Superb views, Wilderness, Rock formation & Rock paintings
Water: Plenty: Springs, clear Streams and a River
Highest point: Route A: 885m – Route B: 1460m a.s.l. –  Route C: 1430m a.s.l.
Lowest point: 310m a.s.l.
Best time: March to November, very HOT in Summer
Direction of hike: Either direction – state when making a reservation
Western End: Nuy Vallei Guest House – Ph: 023 342 1258
33°39.469′ S 19°37.993′ E at 310m a.s.l.
Middle: Simonskloof Mountain Retreat – Ph: 023 614 1895
33°36.953′ S 19°43.649′ E at 770m a.s.l.
Eastern End: Langdam Guest Farm – Ph: 082 610 2450
33°39.947′ S 19°48.469′ E at 970m a.s.l.
Southern End: Penhill Manor – Ph: 023 342 0908
33°40.324′ S 19°40.890′ E at 447m a.s.l.
Map reference: 3319DA NUY or the hiking map with the permit
Accommodation: Camping (Tents for rent too) or Self-catering cottage
Permits: Ph: 023 614 1895 or click here – NO PETS ALLOWED

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