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Left Johannesburg @ 08h30 for a slow 6 hour drive to the berg, approximately 400kms. In preparation for the journey Mark plugged in his new "National Luna" fridge into the boot to accommodate cold water & juice, biltong, dry wors, chocolates, and of course, champagne to celebrate our 30 year wedding anniversary. Arrived some time after 2pm and after check-in proceeded to relax at the pool area and have a drink whilst enjoying the spectacular views of ...
... The impressive waterfall at this point is not the goal of your walk, so keep going. After another short rise (this almost deserves a spoiler alert) you step onto a table, and if the weather is clear you can see Mont aux Sources, the highest point in the vicinity, for the first time. This mountain is the source of the Tugela as well as tributaries of the Caledon and the Orange (Senqu) Rivers.
Note the large cairn to which you will later ...
... go, with a pool, sauna, hot tub, big bar, etc. IIt is 21 kilometers from the nearest town. They own 300 hectares (10,000 square meters, or 2.47 acres each, or about 750 acres) in the middle of nowhere and close to the park (roadworks aside). This was likely the hiking highlight of this trip.
I walked the trail around the property on the afternoon I arrived. As my photos hopefully show, this was wild grassland, a couple of ...
... in the world) and then returning via the same path. Tugela Falls plunges over the 5km long Amphitheatre’s cliff tops. The walk is 14km long and apparently should take us about five and a half hours. To me this hike sounded way too adventurous and long. Although today was another great day for a hike, as it was cloudy with cool weather. We registered our hike in the book and then at a bit after 10 we were off.
... read, while the guys fished. They then caught a reasonable sized fish and released it back into the dam. I went back to the cabin and relaxed.
Later on in the afternoon I made the fire to cook our dinner on. The guys then returned from an enjoyable afternoon of fishing and we sat outside the cabin and had a few cold ones as we watched the sunset. This evening we cooked up a masterpiece of a meal on the barbecue, which made us all very sleepy soon after ...