Simonskloof Mountain Adventures

2000m above stress level

Since 1999 we’ve got you covered, from altitudes as low as 300m to as high as 2000m above sea level. Based on Simonskloof Mountain Retreat in the Koo Valley west of Montagu, our Adventure actives range from Abseiling/Rappelling, Hiking and Trekking trails to Scrambling, Rock climbing and Kloofing/Canyoning.

Abseiling / Rappelling

Abseil 60m off the edge of the Nuy River gorge. A scenic 1-hour hike gets you to the site above the Gorge, a remote little waterfall with fantastic views. Guided or on your own.

Hiking Trails

Besides the Gecko Trail (our 3-day wild trekking adventure), we have five shorter trails starting right on the doorsteps of our cottages or campsites. The circular trail can be completed in 1-2 hours. The longer ones take 3-6h return and lead to unique places with stunning views at up to 1600m altitude – same way back.

Kloofing / Canyoning / Scrambles

Bushwhack through Karoo and Fynbos • Abseil/Rappel down sheer rock faces • Boulder-hop under the blazing sun • Swim through icy water • Bivouac under beautiful moonlit skies • Cook your dinner over an open fire • Fully catered or self-catered • Professionally guided

It’s Kloofing the Nuy River Gorge!

Rock climbing

With the help of local rock legend Tony Lourens, we established 4 single pitch sport climbing routes with grades 16 to 22. The crag is only a 10min walk from reception, bring your own climbing gear.

Simonskloof has many more and higher walls suitable for Traditional climbing and is your perfect base to climb Saw Edge Peak and Keeromsberg. Guiding available.


The concept started in England in the 1970’s as Working Weekends On Organic Farms, giving organic farmers a much-needed helping hand to be economically competitive with conventional farming production. It’s a great opportunity for people to experience Simonskloof’s healthy, organic, permaculture, off-grid, remove living and digitally de-tox. Exchange your help for food and accommodation over a period of 2-4 weeks.


We offer professional Adventure Guiding:

Jurgen is a qualified Mountain Adventure Guide: South Africa Tourist Guide No: WC-1785

Born in a small Swiss village between the Black Forest and the Swiss Alps, he started the rocks rolling at Simonskloof back in 1999. With a background of Architecture, Backpacking Cape to Cairo and a love for high snowy mountains, he has taken nature seeking people off-trail hiking, kloofing, scrambling and abseiling for over 20 years.

How to get there

Well signposted off the scenic R318, halfway (±40km) between N1 and Montagu, then 10km gravel (no 4×4 or high clearance needed)

GPS waypoint: S 33°37.015′ E 19°43.700′ (Simonskloof)