Wodehouse Peak was named after Sir Philip Edmond Wodehouse, the Governer of the Cape Coloney in the 19th century. Wodehouse’s negotiations ended the conflict and the Boers and the Basotho the beacon on Wodehouse Peak (2 438 m) marked the original border between the Orange Free State and Basotholand.
The 11km circular trail is perhaps the best, most accessible route in Golden Gate for more ambitious hikers because it has a clearly marked path and also includes both the Brandwag Buttress and Mushroom Rock routes. A brisk pace will have you finish the hike in 4 hours although this time may vary based on you fitness levels and the time taken to view the scenery.
From the ridge towards Wodehouse Peak, one has a spectacular view of the Glen Reenen Rest Camp in the valley below. It is also breathtaking to see the sandstone tops of Mushroom Rock, Brandwag Buttress, Boskloof and Echo Ravine almost 500 m below. Wodehouse Peak is an excellent stepping stone for the hiker who wants a bit more adventure than the short hour-walks can offer but doesn’t want to tackle the longer, more intimidating Ribbok Trail.