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George Country Resort 17 - 27 December 2017

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. I must recommend what fantastic hikes we had down there along the Garden Route, and the weather was good except for the first day when we had to pitch our tents in the rain. The first hike we did was St Blaize Trail at Mossel bay. It started at the Light house and one walked along the coast to Pinnacle Point golf estate, which as 10.5 km distance. The views looking at the ocean from the top of the cliffs was beautiful.

B'Sorah 17 December 2017

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. The name B’Sorah is Hebrew, meaning “the good news” and for hikers that good news includes open grassland and riverine vegetation with extensive tree canopy cover under which to seek refuge from the sun. A collection of crystal-clear streams flowing into the Skeerpoort River provide opportunities to cool off while the rocky outcrops dotted around the farm offer just the right level of physical challenge for a summer hike, plus the bonus of amazing views over the Hartebeespoort area.

Outeniqua 13 - 17 December 2017

What a lovely hike we all had although our sympathies were with Brigitte Broich who broke her wrist whilst ice skating two days before the start of the hike. Three people 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. Situated in the Outeniqua Mountains between George and Plettenberg Bay, the trail offers options ranging from two to 11 days, a maximum of 106km for the longest option, and a choice of eight overnight huts. The key features are