What beter way to start a new year than taking a walk in your own neighbourhood. I am priviledged to stay close to Majik Forest and put on my hiking shoes and took a brisk walk from where I stay to Majik Forest and back — see map below. Since this is my first post of 2017, I wish all my readers a great 2017 and may you hiking shoes/boots take you on interesting paths and trails.
On my way I past the ruin shown in the picture above. Google decided that it needed some enhancement and must say it did a fairly good job at it. Here is the original photo that was taken, If you are a bird lover then there is ample to keep you occupied and you can relax next to the dam having a bite to eat or follow the various trails that run through the forest, just be on the lookout for the mountain bike riders. Some more photos to give you some idea.
I met up with 13 other hikers from the club and at 8:30am we started our hike. Below is a map of the route we took and when we finish back at where we started at about 4pm, Runkeeper showed a distance of 23.27km covered with an elevation from 53m at the start and finish and 523m at the highest point – se elevation map below the route map.
It is a fairly easy hike with steady uphill to the highest point and then a quicker decent down the ravine and forrest. But since it is so long, almost 24km, it take its toll and is not for the fainthearted and although there are lots of streams with fresh flowing drinking water, ensure you carry enough water also. The veld is mostly fynbos and open areas as can be seen from the photo gallery below. The mountain vistas is just amazing and we were even lucky to see a King Protea in bloom, rare for this time of the year.
On Saturday, 14 May 2016, myself and another 17 members of the Gantouw Hiking Club did a 9.2km hike in the Silvermine Nature Reserve. The reserve was closed for a long time after a devastating fire in 2015 but opened again earlier this year. The hike is a fairly easy hike (about a 2a or 2b maybe) and below is the map of the route we did. The only part us the piece on the left which include a bit of scrambling up rocks and little bit on the edge of the cliff but nothing dangerous.
The morning started out very misty but since rhe reserve is high up on the mountaing range, we were way above the misty clouds below. However this made for some great photographs.
With the sun above us and to out backs and the clouds and mist in front below us, I had the rare experience of seeing a Brocken Specktre … yes I had no idea what it was either but had a person in the group who explained it. It is basically your body that throw a shadow against the cloud below and form a rainbow around your shadow. Tried to photograph it but did not come out very clear but you should get the idea.
We had lunch at Noordhoek Peak bench, on the map above, the point top left. Here we had a view of the sea below.
Gallery of photos taken during the hike, enjoy and comments welcome.
Joined the Mountain Club of South Africa (Paarl/Wellington) on a hike to Wolvekloof, just outside Franchhoek. What a hike, highly recommended for anybody but be aware, if you not fit and do not like boulder hopping then stay away. No need for lots of water since there is water all along the hike, but make sure you pack in something to swim in since the swimming pools are just great, cold but great.
Also be aware that you will need to have a 4×4 to get to the starting point of the hike. We were 12 people with some cars and 2 4×4’s. The drive to the parking area where we left the cars was not that great but if you take it slow then it will be ok. We left the cars at the parking area and all got into the 2 4×4’s for a 6km ride up the mountain on a small narrow track.
We drove past Berg River Dam with the 4×4’s which hardly had any water in it, it is very dry in this part of the world at the moment.
And then we were off
From now on it was just hopping over boulders and sliding down rocks. Along the way was lots of small waterfalls and cliffs all around with vegetation.
Eventually it was time for a breakfast and a nice swim.
After breakfast, the last stretch was ahead to get to the waterfall with beautiful scenery.
We reached the waterfall in time for lunch and well deserved swim. Seeing the waterfall and just standing and feeling the water fall like little stones on your head made all the effort to get there worthwhile. It is just magic.
Then it was time to hit the way back down which went much faster, like a magnet dragging you down. The hike from where we left the 4×4’s and back to it is roughly 5km but it will take you 7 to 8 hours to complete.
Saturday, 27 February 2016 a group of 15 took the road from Cape Town, Somerset West and Malmesbury to go hike the Kromrivier. This is a hike I always wanted to do but never got the chance and grabbed it when the Gantouw Hiking club got permits to do the hike.
The start of the hike is on the Worcester side of the Huguenot Tunnel just as you exit the tunnel. At 8.30 everybody was ready and we set of on the approximately 10km hike out and back.
Some photos I took before the hike started while I was waiting for the rest of the party to arrive.
Here is a Google map of the route we walked and at some point you will see the zig-zag as we crossed the river. If you plan to hike this then ensure you have good hiking boots since most of the way is over boulders and river rocks and a couple of sections is very slippery especially when climbing up via chains to the waterfall and big pool to swim in.
Photos on the inward hike.
And then we made our way up to the waterfall and a swim in the pool. Be warned, this water is very, very cold.
And then after we had lunch and relaxing time at the pool, we made our way back to where we started.
I have now done a couple of hikes and must say this one is one of the top ones that I have done. Recommended to anyone that just loves to get out and enjoy nature and it is a fairly easy hike. Last comment, it can get hot in the “kloof” so take lots of water and drink a lot.
Happy hiking and remember, what you take in you also take out, no litter and leave nothing behind.
This is such a classic photo … just shows that if you want to make out then nothing is going to stop you.
Update: It has come to light that the couple was not actually kissing but the girl was knocked over and hurt. Her boyfriend was actually looking after her. Just goes to show that a picture does not always say a 1000 words … well the correct 1000 words.