Tulbagh Disa Trail

Tulbagh, Western Cape

The main purpose of the trail:

The Tulbagh Disa Trail hosts an annual 4 day walk of approximately 80km through our beautiful valley.

 
The main purpose of this walk which takes place exclusively once a year in spring, is to raise funds the NPO’s in the Tulbagh valley.
 
This year the honour has befallen Huis Disa, the home for the elderly in our town.

 
The starting point:

Registration begins at 16h00 at the Waterval camp site on 15 September 2021.
 
The Tulbagh Disa Trail begins at 7h00 on Thursday 16 September 2021.
All hikers spend the previous night (Wednesday) at the camp site.
Everyone will be transported to the point of departure and then back from the destination each day by committee members.
 
The scheduled time for the walk to begin is 7h30.

 
Who will benefit from the walk:

The local home for the aged, Huis Disa, celebrated its 50th birthday in 2018. The building has become very outdated, and the bathrooms which only have baths, and not showers, are no longer suitable for the needs of the residents who are becoming much older, with most residents being between 85 and 100.
 
We urgently need funds for renovations and our local community is under great financial pressure from schools, organisations and increasing poverty.

 
Tulbagh Disa Trail committee:

This event is run by volunteers who do not benefit from or receive any of the funds nor do they have rights to anything.

 
Route and conditions:

The four-day route that the group of walker’s traverses during the fundraising event, consists of various types of terrain. There are sections of sandy roads, and hard fynbos trails. The route also includes walking through wine farms and visiting the historic Twee Jonge Gezellen winery. The second day ends at Theuniskraal where we will receive wine and some refreshments. Day 3 and 4 take us up to the mountain’s orchards of white and pink blossoms and past clear mountain streams. The walkers experience the magnificent natural surroundings and Boland hospitality.
 
This walk takes place in spring and the weather remains unpredictable and walkers should be prepared for any type of conditions like rain or early summer heat.

 
Prospective walkers should pay attention to the following:
  • Your shoes need to be walked in.
  • Your feet are the most important part of your body to condition before the walk. Walking 5 to 7 hours a day for 4 days after each other poses a greater challenge to your feet than a once a week walk. The secret to a comfortable walk is to walk more often.
  • Select a soft moisture absorbent fabric. No cotton!
  • Lubricate your feet by rubbing them in petroleum jelly before and during the walk.
  • Active sportswear is recommended. The weather can be unpredictable. A rainproof jacket with hood is a necessary piece of clothing that will help to keep you warm in the rain and cold. A sunhat with a broad brim is essential for the walk.
  • Your own 25 to 35 litre day pack with a rain cover is recommended.
  • The main problems that walkers experience are sore feet, blisters, etc. Each walker is responsible for his/her own well-being and health during the walk. Pack your own first aid bag which includes anti-septic cream, waterproof plasters, pain killers, burn shield, etc.
  • On request there will be a physiotherapist and medical help at the camp at the end of each day.
 
Catering:

All the walkers will receive 4 breakfasts and 4 dinners which will be laid out buffet style.
 
A tuck shop at the camp will sell cold drinks, sweets, chocolates and savoury snacks.
A bar will sell alcoholic drinks.
 
Each walker must have his own water bottle. Water points will be available to refill their bottles, Walkers will be able to pack lunch bags and snacks for each of the days during the breakfast each morning.

 
Equipment checklist:

In addition to the backpack, each walker must bring his/her own
  • Sleeping bag, pillow, mattress cover.
  • Active wear hiking clothing, light weight rain jacket, sun hat
  • A warm jacket (there can still be snow on the mountains)
  • Comfortable shoes and socks
  • Warm pyjamas
  • Head light
  • Towel and personal toiletries
  • First aid bag
  • Own snacks
  • 1 roll of toilet paper
  • Walking sticks if desired
 
Fitness:

The Tulbagh Disa Trail requires strong legs from each of the walkers for the 4-day 80km walk.
 
Although Tulbagh is surrounded by mountains, the trail will not include actual climbing. There will be different types of terrain like bush tracks, gravel roads, etc. but never extreme climbing.
 
It is recommended that each walker should practice 3 or 4 walks a week, with one long distance walk of 12 km once a week.
 
 
Date of arrival:

Registration begins at 16h00 at the Waterval camp site on 15 September 2021.
 
The Tulbagh Disa Trail begins at 7h00 on Thursday 16 September 2021.
All hikers spend the previous night (Wednesday) at the camp site.
Everyone will be transported to the point of departure and then back from the destination each day by committee members.
 
The scheduled time for the walk to begin is 7h30.

 
Registration process:

R1 700.00 per hiker registration fee (non-refundable.)
A fund raiser donation of R2800.00 pp hiker.
 
In the event of the hike being cancelled by us due to matters beyond our control, all the money you paid, will be reimbursed.
 
The fee includes the following:
  • 4 nights’ accommodation with volunteers will be organised.
  • All the food:
  • 4 breakfasts
  • 4 lunches
  • 4 dinners
  • Light snacks at the final destination.
  • Transport to and from the accommodation to daily starting point and ending points.
  • A small goody bag
  • Official T shirt.
 
Admin Fee:
  • R55.00 once off per reservation.

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