trail leads to the foot of Mount
Like Savonet, the Zorgvlied Route is a botanical, geological and historical tour. The Dutch name Zorgvlied means a place "where worry flees."
No one has worried about the country house since 1832, when this plantation merged with Savonet, and it shows. Only the walls are still standing, though the porch is in decent shape.
Starting out, you pass one of those exotic-import ideas that went badly
astray: the rubber vine, Cryptostegia grandiflora, brought
from Madagascar during WWI to produce latex, which is made into rubber.
The plant actually bleeds latex when pinched.
Leaving the estate ruins, the road steeply descends to provide a good
view of Mount Christoffel. If you go left at the T-junction,
it will take you immediately to the foot of Christoffel, where you can
begin the climb.
Going straight ahead, the road descends into two more roois (overflow areas), then slopes steeply with two Z-bends and leads to a hilltop overlooking an area known as Rancho Grande.
The geology of the hill covers an incredible time span. The lower terrace
facing the sea is an estimated 125,000 years old; low inland hills comprising
the middle terrace are 510,000 years old.
The trail then goes along a ridge that is the most scenic part of the Zorgvlied Route. After a final steep descent, the route takes you to the foot of Mount Christoffel.