Hiking in the Drakensberge
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Today we can sleep late! We do not have to get up until 7.45. Trudy is out of bed much earlier and at 8 I hear the sound of the front door. She has already done the laundry and has gone out for a stroll. Because of the noisyness of the door she didn’t want to come back in any sooner, she was afraid she’d wake everyone up.
At 9.30 am right after breakfast, we go by bus to Monk’s Cowl, but first Johan has a little surprise (verrassinkjie) for us. We make an extra stop at Falcon Ridge, a centre that breeds birds of prey. You can also see falconers give hunting demonstrations there, but we are unlucky, it is too cloudy and all shows are cancelled today.
On the parking lot of Monk’s Cowl Johan wants to know who wants to go hiking and who would rather go shopping (because of the very low clouds and therefore limited views). Everyone goes shopping, except for Annette, Barbara, Trudy and myself. So we get off the bus and all the others stay on.
Barbara and Annette opt for the hike to Crystal Falls and Sfinx, which should take about two hours. Trudy and I want to go to Nandi Falls, a three hour walk.
This path is quite a bit steeper than the other one, and it is a constant climb.
Also is it more overgrown, like a tropical rainforest, at the beginning of the walk that is. The higher we get, the less trees there are. When Barbara calls at 2.15 pm, that the bus has arrived, we are pretty close to Crystal Falls and we can’t stand the thought of having come this far and not having seen the falls. So instead of going down right away, we climb for another ten minutes, take a quick look (this waterfall is smaller than Nandi Falls, but it has been “designed” more creatively) and then we head back for the bus. We go down faster than we normally do, although every then and again I stop to enjoy the view, we are seated in the coach within half an hour.
Back at the lodge, first we take a shower and then we take a plunge in the pool, which is rather chilly, so we don’t last longer than five or so minutes. We show some pictures we’ve taken to members of our group and they immediately regret going shopping.
Dinner consists of braaivleis (barbequed meat), potatoes with mushrooms and garlic, with a salad on the side. For desert cooking pears are served.
After dinner we play some games of pool and at 10.30 pm I go to bed.