Facilities & Activities

  • LADY’S SLIPPER HIKING
  • ROCK CLIMBING
  • PICNIC AND BRAAI FACILITIES
  • KIDS PARTY PICNIC
  • CAMP & EXPLORE
  • PARAGLIDING (Club)

LADY’S SLIPPER HIKE - CLIMBING GUIDE

Trails Open 08h00 -  Tues to Sun (and Public Holidays)

Please note that in keeping within the boundaries of our "Child Protection Policy" for youth camps, we have strict access control and the latest ascent permitted is 13h30.

When arriving at Falcon Rock, follow the signage to the parking area where you’ll make your way to the Adventure Centre office.  Please note that you will need your vehicle registration number when signing in.

If hiking in a group, allow for all to have an image/copy of the trail map for referencing.  Although the intention is to enjoy the hike together we all have different levels of fitness which results in most groups separating.

The trail starts off on a shared route and later splits giving you the option of either Red or Green Route. The Red Route being a little more adventurous and shorter, but it is a steeper climb.  Green is slightly longer and less steep.

Once you have signed in you’ll head up the road (jeep track) in the direction of the Labyrinth.

You’ll begin following the markers - Yellow Arrows with Yellow Dots, turn right at the Labyrinth and continue on this trail until reaching the junction where you will find an option of either Green or Red Route.  These markers are Yellow Arrows with either Green or Red Dots. All routes will also be marked with Yellow Leopard Paw Print accompanied by the colour dots for that trail.

Taking either will bring you to the plateau where you will need to make your last ascent around the north side (other side from where you started) to reach the summit.  Arriving at the summit you will find a large boulder with a direction dial fixed to the top of it. Here you will be at the highest point of the Van Staden’s Mountain Range and right above the Lady’s Slipper itself. A couple metres in front of this boulder (facing the ocean) you will find a yellow leopard paw print on a low rock.  This will lead you off the lip of the mountain and to the right, under the ridge and back over again to the same trail that brought you up the north side. (NB! In strong winds, avoid this section and rather double back the way you came.) Continue down to the plateau and once again choose either the Red Route or Green Route to return to Base Camp at the Adventure Centre.

RATES:

R30pp and payable either cash, Zapper or Eft (FNB, Branch 250655, Onnerikoppi Festivals – 62812781864)

APPOXIMATE DISTANCES:

Green – Up and down 5Km

Red – Up and Down 4Km

Loop – Up one, down the other 4.5Km

Highest Point 603m

FOR YOUR SAFETY - EMERGENCY & TRAIL INFO – 083 327 3456

  • Avoid leaping/jumping downwards. You have more control STEPPING down.
  • Take enough water! Although this is a short hike, it will take a lot out of you.
  • Eat well before and take snacks. You will exert yourself on this trail and your body is going to need fuel.
  • Scorpions live under these rocks, avoid lifting them.
  • Snakes are easier to spot on a clear trail than in an un-cleared area. Yes, we have many snakes here.
  • Wear hiking boots/shoes with good grip, layered clothing and sun hat. The weather at the mountain can change in a heartbeat.

REMEMBER: “IT’S NOT ABOUT THE DESTINATION, IT’S ABOUT THE JOURNEY – REST OFTEN, OBSERVE, ABSORBE...”

 BY USING THESE TRAILS, I/WE COMMIT TO:

  • Remain on the trails marked for hiking.

(Other trails will take you behind a SHOOTING RANGES and ARCHERY AREAS.)

  • Bring back ALL our waste.

(This includes all fruit peals, sweet wrappers, cigarette butts, liquid containers, tissues, wetwipes etc)

  • Avoid leaving ANY form of graffiti.

(Even using a stone to engrave on a rock is considered graffiti out here in nature.)

  • Not be excessively loud OR play music on the trails.

(Visitors using these trails come to enjoy the beauty and sounds of nature.  Although you might want to enjoy your music while walking, others don’t.)

  • Be aware of our time spent on the trail.

(So as to return before the main gate is LOCKED AT 4PM)

NEW BOULDERS - 2020 LOCKDOWN

During the first few months of lockdown we had the great pleasure of making some new friends visiting from Israel. Although most of their time was spent climbing, and drinking coffee, they also discovered a few new boulders during their stay. Most of these are located west of the Slipper with the exception of Spartacus and Nuevo Mundo which is closer to Falcon.

The below pdf was compiled by Itamar Gerasy and Omri Cohen for other climbers to enjoy.

Omri, Itamar and Adel - You guys certainly left your mark here and we hope our paths cross again one day. P.s...thanks for the introduction to good coffee.

Special thanks To Morne, JayDee and Derek for assisting them with advice, guidance and equipment.

Climbing sites in the  area  include Lady's Slipper, Van Stadens Gorge, Sleepy Hollow, PE Urban Crags & Boulders, Elands River. Information on these sites can be found at www.easterncaperockclimbing.co.za

Persons interested in joining Eastern Cape Rock Climbing Club should contact Derek Marshall (083 681 8713 marshall@qsafrica.co.za

Download: West Slipper Bouldering.pdf

AVAILABLE TO DAY VISITORS ONLY

Site only (9am-4pm)
@R30pp and R20pp under 12. Use of and access to - Braai/Picnic Area and Play Area.
Site and Pool (9am-4pm)
@R50pp and R30pp under 12. Use of and access to - Braai/Picnic Area, Play Area and Swimming Pool.

Day Visitor pool schedule
9H00 to 11H00 AND 14H30 to 16H00
An able adult must be present at all times.

(2 hours and max 30 guests)
R650.00
Use of and access to - Braai/Picnic Area, Kids Play Area, Volley Ball, Swimming Pool and 2.5km hike. Feel free to bring along your party decor, party packs etc. Add R30pp for extra guests attending.

CAMP SITES

For adventure's needing a home base to explore the territory around the Lady's Slipper area whether it be mountain biking, hiking trails or rock climbing then natural, rustic site is for you.

Each site has it's own fireplace and grids can be hired from the Adventure Centre office where phones, laptops etc can be charged.

For more information, rates and bookings please use the contact form.

Kindly note that we do not offer camping to general public but rather for those nature enthusiasts who wish to enjoy their outdoor hobbies, needing a safe site they can use as a base to explore from.

Being one of the oldest clubs of it’s kind in SA, it is a club where like-minded people from all walks of life, live out there passion for flying in a relaxed and passionate way.
They embrace and welcome all fliers who want to share their skies in the same spirit of friendship, camaraderie and respect - for each other and the environment.

Hawkwind members fly sites from the Tsitsikamma to the Karoo, but their main and regular sites are close to Port Elizabeth. These sites include the Lady Slipper, which is situated directly above Falcon Rock. It is a SW and NE site suitable for beginners and more advanced pilots, and a good site to hone your flying skills. Flying is a mixture of ridge soaring and thermic conditions.

For more information on other flying sites please visit their website or feel free to contact them through their FaceBook page:
https://www.facebook.com/Hawkwind-Hang-gliding-and-Paragliding-Club-Eastern-Cape-416402181757578/
For tandem flights contact Cal Dyker directly on 082 655 3214 or email cal@ginsa.co.za