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For the love of the full moon

With the full moon setting in on Saturday 11 February to celebrate the month of love, outdoor enthusiasts should diarise the Falke Full Moon Hike at Delvera this weekend for a memorable experience.

Enjoy a leisurely 9,75 km hike on a marked circle route through the vineyards, traversing the majestic Yellow Wood forest to the top of Klapmutskop in the heart of the Greater Simonsberg Conservancy. A spectacular sunset with stunning views of the Winelands and even Table Mountain await at the top from where you can watch the full moon rise.

On Friday, 10 February the sun will set at 19:22 and the moon will rise at 19:42. On Saturday 11 February sunset is at 19:41 and moonrise at 20:03. To make the most of this memorable experience, arrive at the trail centre by 17:00 and don’t start hiking later than 18:30 as it can take you up to one and half hours to reach the top.

The cost for the Falke Full Moon Hike is R80 for adults and R35 for children under the age of 10 and includes shuttles, permits and a map. Klapmutskop is part of Simonsberg Conservancy and a portion of the permit fee is donated to this non-profit organisation. As the hike takes place in a conservancy, no dogs are allowed.

A shuttle service is available, especially for children. The hike then starts with the single track at the Pepper Tree – this will shorten the route to less than 5 km in total. This option will take about 30 minutes to the top. You can be back at the Trail centre from around 20:30–21:30, depending on your walking speed.

Bring something warm to wear after dark and a torch, but there is a selection of Energizer torches available at the Trail Centre as well. Wear hiking shoes – you are climbing a mountain. To make the most of your hiking experience, wear comfortable hiking socks and shoes. The latest Falke Advance Performance range of hiking socks is available at the Dirtopia Trail Centre. All hikers stand a chance to win a Falke sock hamper every night.

Dirtopia Café at the Trail Centre on Delvera is open until 22:00 on the evenings of the full moon hikes. Great coffee from the barista and do try the Trail Burger! The Café also serves craft beer and wine.

Advance bookings are advised as space is limited. Book now at the Dirtopia Trail Centre by e-mailing info@dirtopia.co.za or call 021 884 4357. Picnics must be booked and paid for at least two days before the event date. Menu options are available at www.dirtopia.co.za, but you can also bring your own.

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