LADY’S SLIPPER TRAIL
The Lady Slipper trail starts at Falcon Rock and climbs steeply up the mountain through the fynbos. About a third of the way up, you come to an open rock platform from where there are great views and this is a good spot for a breather. The gradient eases for a short while and then the climb begins in earnest as you make your way up a rugged section to the base of the rock cliffs. From here continue eastward (towards Port Elizabeth) to the shoulder (or “nek”). The path turns sharp left (West) to the summit. The Groot Winterhoek mountain range dominates the skyline to the north, with Cockscomb at its western end. To the south you can see the coast from Port Elizabeth to Cape St Francis and beyond. Return the same way, taking it easy on the way down – it’s very easy to slip.
DIRECTIONS FROM PORT ELIZABETH
Driving on the N2 towards Humansdorp, take exit 713, R102 (R334) Uitenhage/Van Stadens Pass. Turn right and continue towards Uitenhage, 200m after crossing the railway line turn left onto a dirt road. Look out for the signs to Falcon Rock (1.2km). A permit is required, at R20 per person, and is obtainable at Falcon Rock Country Restaurant. Safe parking and ablution facilities are available, as well as a restaurant/pub where you can obtain refreshments (for opening times please contact them).