Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Van der Kemps Kloof

Van Der Kemp's Kloof is situated at Bethelsdorp on the northern side of Port Elizabeth. The Kloof is one of six deep, steep-sided valleys cutting into the escarpment in this area. The Van Der Kemp's Kloof Trail is a circular trail and starts at the historic Bethelsdorp Village. The trail is 8km long (three hours) but can be shortened to 4 km. It follows the little Swartkops River into the secluded and scenic Van Der Kemp's Kloof, returning through the grassy fynbos of the Bethelsdorp Commage plateau. From the plateau there are views across to the western suburbs while on the return route there are periodic views of the kloof, and there is an excellent panorama of the Swartkops valley and Algoa Bay prior to the last steep decent into the kloof.
The route is marked with red arrows and is suitable for reasonably fit persons. It is advisable to walk in a group, wear stout shoes and take a sunhat and drinking water.


  1. Sounds like a trail that even I can handle. Beautiful scene!

    According to the CDP portal, it's your birthday today, so…

    Happy Birthday! I hope you have a wonderful day full of fun and laughter!

  2. I commented on your previous pictures of our beautiful Bethelsdorp! Please keep it up! We should remember our Heritage in this Heritage month!
    Keeping in mind that it was there before the Settlars came in 1820.
    Bethelsdorp was established in 1803 (at least that was when the Church was built)
    Keep clicking away in our friendly city!!

  3. Oh Thank you for the Link! It took me a long while to get a good photo from Nelson Mandela Bay. It really looks like an awesome place it was really a pleasure to post about it!

    I´ll link this blog in the post, so everyone who read it can continue here watching the best photographs

  4. I forget to tell you. Two weeks ago I posted about the city:

    I investigated about Rufane Donkin and Elizabeth Markham. Its an interesting story