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Going batty ...
There are essentially three possible routes, the Onderbergroete is 5 km., the Kransroete 7 km. and the Kruinroete 12/14 km. That part of the Kransroete which passes under the crag is very rough going.
Start off and follow the clearly marked route to the Tweeboomnekkie. This nek gives a steepish but short ascent to the escarpment.
From the nek walk east to the Trench Circle, which is a circular walk that returns to the nek. This is a pleasant walk passing ruins of Boer War shelters and very interesting rock formations.
For the Kruinroete, continue west along the escarpment/plateau to the lunch spot overlooking Ambulanskoppie. From here follow the markers back along the escarpment to where a fairly steep descent leads back to the start.
A variation would be to hike west from Tweeboomnekkie, find the descent route to Bat Cave and return along a short portion of the Kransroete to below Tweeboomnekkie and back down along Onderbergroete to the start.
A leaflet is available showing the routes and features on each route.
The present cost (May 2004) is R30 per person
All trails are well marked.;
In 1902, at the end of the Boer war, Mauritz Herman Otto Kloppers was allocated the adjacent farm to Rustig as he was part of a Boer Commando and distinguished himself as a fighter. Rustig was purchased in 1926 for £15 and the mortgage was paid in equal monthly instalments.
In later years, Fritz Kloppers (son of Mauritz) was the Three Farm Schools principal in the area. The only mode of transport in those days was a horse and cart, the latter presently being mounted on display adjacent to the gabled farmhouse. Construction of the farmhouse started before the depression and was only completed in 1936. This was due to a shortage of money and building materials which were only available on the black market at inflated prices.
The house today is surrounded by manicured gardens ablaze with exotic flowers. This was the pride and joy of Fritz's wife Zerina. Many blue gum trees and other invasive species have been cut down and roots destroyed. Due to the large amount of baboons and monkeys in the area, the only fruit trees grown are yellow smooth skin lemons for which there is a demand from chain stores.
Fritz and his son Fritz junior and co-workers often reconnoitre the property for damage due to rock movements. Surveys of the hikig trails are done once every three months to apply a fresh coating of paint to trail markers etc.