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On Sunday 6th January our group of 10 hikers set off in cars from Clive Gullifer’s house in Witsand to travel some 75 km to Jongensfontein higher up the coast, mostly over dirt road. At around midday we started the 5 day hike down the coast to Witsand after parking the cars just outside the local caravan park at Jongensfontein.
Another year has come and gone but what a farewell 45 revellers (11 non members) accorded this special occasion at Foothold. Many campers arrived on Friday with a steady flow coming in over the next two days with Hikers Haven being fully booked. It was hot, but this did not deter the keenest of hikers in making their way to the escarpment or Western Pools.
We all arrived at the camp site on the 17th December 2017. The site area was pretty much open. Most of the caravan sites had trees in their areas. Otherwise the camp was quite pleasant. This year there were only 16 of us, which made organizing venues for everyone very simple.
Arguably one of the prettiest hikes on the Johannesburg Hiking Club calendar, B’Sorah is a 1 600-hectare cattle and game farm in Broederstroom that also offers visitors luxury tented and bush camping facilities.
What a lovely hike we all had. I feel sorry for Brigitte Broich who broke her wrist whilst ice skating two days before the start of the hike. The following members were on the hike. Three persons arrived from the UK specially to do the hike. Namely Gaynor McTurk, Sue Emmett and Dave Emmett. The rest of the team was as follows. Yours truly Neil Ransome, Hanneke Stoathamer, Francois van Jaarsveld, Penny Allen, Bruce Rodrigues, Anni Marusich and daughter, Lorraine Handel and Richard Perrelli.
One is always a bit apprehensive when going on a brand new hike. How will it worked out? We really had an excellent time!!
I travelled down to Kleinzee with Tammeryn en Astrid in two days. We stayed over at a backpackers in Upington. The lady of the backpackers cooked a nice meal for us - see was very caring. One could take two roads from Springbok to Kleinzee, unfortunately we took the bumpy road! Though on the way back we took the other one which was much better.
12 Hikers did three days of the Fanie Botha Trail over the long weekend in September. Day 1 and 3 were nine kilometers each through pine forest - more a walk in and out. Day two was incredible beautiful. It takes you up through an indigenous forest all along a stream. One has to cross over the stream on 'bridges', pass several beautiful waterfalls all whilst climbing and climbing...... A classic hike one wants to do over and over again. We were a nice group of hikers very much supportive of one another. A perfect way the celebrate SA's heritage weekend.
On our hike at Foothold we got a glimpse of the “hole in the wall” and the mysterious green world that was beckoning behind it. At Phefumula, we visited it.
Not too many hike leaders would have taken us on at Foothold this past Sunday. Self-dubbed the No-Name Level, we comprised seasoned hikers Johann and Truia, no-longer-seasoned Willem, Veldskoen Richard and myself, Cynthia, about to embark on only my fourth hike ever.
Our accommodation was a chalet named Wegkruip near Stilbaai East situated150 meters from the beach with breath taking view from the garden –and a path literally from the front door to the endless beach, so convenient for a quick swim after long days hiking.