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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.
On the 23 February 2017, 12 members and friends of the Johannesburg Hiking Club hiked the Otter Trail, a 5-day hike along the South African coast. The hike starts at Storms River Mouth and ends at Natures Valley. What follows are the tales of those hikers…
What a really fantastic Foothold midwinter camp it was. About a dozen excited campers arrived on Friday to set up camp, organised some cleaning of the facilities and just to enjoy the surrounds of Foothold. An early evening braai was enjoyed with everybody keeping warm around the fire and then retiring early to bed.
As Giants Castle has no camping facilities, we stayed at White Mountain resort on Friday night. Just to let you know the cost for a 6 bed chalet is R1700.00 per night, and a camp site is R125.00 per person or R250.00 for a 4 person camp site per night. The food at the restaurant is R140.00 each.
Twelve intrepid members of the Jobug Hiking Club gathered at Potberg the afternoon of Tuesday 25 August to begin the hike....our leader, Ron White, had taken care to arrive in the morning to see that all was in good order. The first challenge was a troop of rather aggressive baboons who had the disagreeable habit of sticking their large heads into open windows and, to steal Clive’s prize packet of kudu boerewors!.
18 people had put their names down for the hike, but due to flu and minor injuries only 9 eventually went.
We met at Kaapschehoop on Friday afternoon and proceeded to the railway coaches, a short distance out of town. After settling in the now rather neglected coaches the braai was lit and we all enjoyed the ‘happy hour’ together. The night was cold but not unbearable.
The 27th June dawned dismal and grey and we all had a few misgivings after hearing on the weather forecast that a cold front was about to arrive in Gauteng. However, we were agreeably surprised.