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I love the Drakensberg mountains….did a few hiking trips there….my first was when I was 15…with a school trip….and I made it to the top of Mount Aux Sources…the highest peak in South Africa…I think it is about 4300m……there was a hut…but the roof was down!  The highest peak of the whole range is in Lesotho.

If you’re the kind of outdoor-type of person and like to go on hiking trips….you MUST go there….!! You will not regret it…be careful….you get snow in October in the Mountains and you musn’t go by yourself! On any hiking trip…always at least 3 people….I also did a couple with children…my library monitors back home…three times…good old times….In the UK I would never dream of taking children on a trip like that…”health and safety” always a big issue….what a shame, this country has really brought some problems upon themself with “health and safety”… I wonder what it is like in other parts of the world…I think that’s why our kids from SA is much more “tougher”…they can handle a lot more and cope with much more than kids in the UK….you feel like pampering them all the time…Read in English here what I’m going to write in Afrikaans…you can also see  a movie on that link.
Toe ek ‘n student was, was ek met ‘n staptoer saam met Oom Mauritz…van Centurion…hy was die hoofingenieur van die Hoogland waterskema in die Transkei en hy het die Transkei soos die palm van sy hand geken. Ons was ‘n groep van so 36 wat vanaf Port St Johns gestap het, noord na Port Edward se kant. Daar was ‘ n paar kindertjies ook van so 10-11 wat die trip bietjie moeilik gevind het, daarom het ons by Mkambati Natuurreservaat opgehou. Oom Mauritz het die bus van Margate laat kom om ons daar te kry en ons het regdeur na Margate geskiet en daar by ‘n hotel ordentlik gebad en ‘n dag daar deurgebring. Dit was heerlik!! Die roete wat ons gestap het was fantasties….soms op die strand gestap en soms op die rantjies….lees hier (gaan net af met die slider wanneer jy by die link uitgekom het) oor die roete en stappie daar… by Port St Johns het ons beeste op die strand gekry…en natuurlik anderskleuriges wat in onderklere swem…wonder hoe dit deesdae daar lyk….Oom Mauritz het ons na teeplantasies geneem…die Magwa Falle ook gaan wys….’n waterval gewys wat die enigste in SA is wat DIREK in die see val!…allerhande pragtige plekke…ek wonder of hy nog leef! Dit was regtig ‘n belewenis om saam met hom te stap…ek het dagboek gehou van letterlik alles, waar ons gestap het, hoe laat ons waar geeet het, waar ons geslaap het…een nag het ons onder ‘n oorhangende rots geslaap…genoeg slaapplek vir almal van ons!

 

Hy het ons in kookspanne in gedeel en almal het vir almal gekook, jy het jou beurt gekry om “aan diens” te wees en die gees onder die groep was fantasties…daar was twee uitruilstudente wat hulle by ons groep geskaar het, met die gevolg dit was heeltyd Engels praat terwille van hulle. Die eerste nag was nogal ‘n koue nag, ons was veronderstel om in hutte te slaap wat oom Mauritz gereel het met plaaslike bevolking wat hy geken het by Lusikisiki…hierdie spelling…weet nie meer of dit die regte spelling is nie, maar toemaar, ons weet min of meer…en toe was die hutte se dakke af en hy kon nie die mense daar kry nie. Ons het toe maar in die oopte geslaap en dit was koud…Oktober…maar die wind het gewaai! Oom Mauritz het in Hans Strydomlaan gewoon, spoor hom op en kry hom op ‘n staptoer in die Transkei!

The Chainladder that takes you to the top of the mountain…
 

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As a student, I went on several hiking trips….one with Uncle Mauritz, a great man. He was the chief engineer of the Transkei Highland Water Scheme Project and he knows that part of the country like the palm of his hand! We were 34 people, about 6 children age 9/10. This is part of the Wild Coast! At some places we walked ON the beach…other places just about 20 m away…and sometimes on high cliffs/the escarpment.  At night our tents were about 50m from the beach!
He showed us spectacular places, the highest water fall with its fall cascading into the sea, it is called the Waterfall Bluff.  Hidden places! Tea plantations…Magwa Waterfalls….Top Hat…Lupatana Splash Rock…. are just a few to mention. It was really an experience with him. You got to see the beautiful unspoiled beaches and part of the trail is up along the escarpment. One walks along the cliff tops with magnificent views. The terrain is spectacular but fairly strenuous.
It was a difficult route for the children, so when we came to the Mkambati Nature Reserve, we sadly ended our trip there. But, we had to cross a river first and it was in flood! – see the first picture in this entry.   We had a GREAT time for a day at the resort and it was great fun….the bar man was a great sport and we had big laughs with him. A coach picked us up at the resort and we set off for Margate….one of THE places to go on holiday by the beach….well, that was ‘way back then.’
I kept a diary of everything that happened, where we had breakfast, what time…lunch…places and times…how far we walked from A to B to C…etc. I still have the maps where I indicated on the maps where we stopped and what we saw there….somewhere between lots of stuff packed away…
map Port St Johns

Port Edward map

Click on the image for a larger view. We started at Port St Johns and we walked North towards Port Edward.

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waterfall bluff

Waterfall Bluff -wildcoast.co.za

Update: August 2011

Since I got my own photos now with me – I could scan them in and here are a couple of pictures from this hiking trip!


In this photo you can see uncle Mauritz, our leader. He was also the chief engineer of the Highlands Water Scheme. We all gathered first at his house and he showed us a slide show of the area and discussed all sorts of ‘issues’.

And everybody wants to take a picture! Obviously, I took this picture of ‘everyone’! lol

Whole-in-the-wall seen from above – the cliffs. This is my own picture.

One of the beautiful waterfalls on the trip. Hope you can see the people in this pic.

And this is ME – end of the trip…exhausted.

‘Top hat’ and to the right you can see part of Lupatana – also my own pic!

This is the actual Lupatana – an image from this site:

http://throughtravelanderror.blogspot.com/

Mbotyi falls – image: Wildcoastholidays.co.za

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