Three Trees at Spioenkop
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... and believe that evil spirits hide in corners. We crossed bac into South Africa, same deal, customs office on the way out of Swaziland and again on the way back into SA. The first town we came to was called Dundee. This was settled by a Scottish guy named Peter Smurf in 1882. They got a railroad in 1889. The same year, the Boer war was started in this town. There is a lot of coal here, 2.7 million Tonne of high quality coal still lays ...
On to Thendele Camp in the Royal Natal national Park, in the northern Drakensberg. More spectacular country. Did an hour's horse riding - Colin could not quite decide which is more uncomfortable - whether on a horse back for an hour or a camel's back for an hour (when in Morocco a few years ago!). I enjoyed it! Had our first braai (BBQ) under watchful eyes of our baboon ...
... were walking down the exact track it must have walked down. We followed these tracks, just by coincidence for a good ten minutes, so it wasn't hard to imagine it stalking around the reserve.
The afternoon was spent packing and chilling, preparing for sundown. As a final night for five of the volunteers we sat at the top of the highest hill and enjoyed watching the sun go down together as a group, with a couple of beers and a few snacks.
On the way up the hill, ...
... plateau that makes up the mountain kingdom of Lesotho. The waterfall is less memorable - as it's the end of the dry season it's more of a water-trickle. At least there's still a bathable pool at the top, the temperature as bracing as Forrest Gump's leg supports. The views are the usual - canyons, forest, plains, rivers blah blah blah. The only thing more boring than doing a hike is writing about it. Or possibly reading that write ...
... the top layer of soil, and the branches and hay should eventually form a base layer for new growth and the restoration of the ground.
We thought this would be an easier job than the rock moving, but the trees we chopped down were all spiny acacias, and the hay was mouldy, wet, full of insects and thistles, and horrifically dusty. We all laughed when we were back though, deliriously impressed with ourselves.
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