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Trip Start Jan 27, 2011
20Trip End May 27, 2011
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Away With The Fairies
This weekend was our first to travel and explore South Africa on our own. The gentlemen of the group decided that we would go hiking in Hogsback, SA for the weekend. Hogsback is where J.R.R. Tolkein got the inspiration to write the Lord of the Rings when he was a boy. The area is filled with awesome waterfalls, dense forests, and interesting backpackers. We crammed 10 guys into two Toyota Corollas that we rented, and we embarked on the four hour drive. We were following the gps that I rented, and before we knew it, a half hour away from Hogsback, we were driving on an unpaved road. The road was quite rocky, had large trenches and ruts, and was very steep in some parts. After a half an hour of struggling on the road, we stopped the cars and decided this couldn't be the right road. We looked around, there was no one in sight, it was 90 degrees, and the sun was super intense. We turned around and made our way back to the highway
We got back to the backpacker where we sat at the bar to talk with the locals and the employees. We learned a lot about the area but also the backgrounds of the people there. We talked the night away over home-made pizza (which was amazing) and black labels (which is the only beer brewed in SA). When we returned to our cottages we looked at the stars for about a half an hour before we all passed out in our beds
The next day was much more intense. We had planned to abseil down the Madonna and Child waterfall. Estimated at 35-40 meters, it was pretty high and also deep in the woods. We had to hike about two hours to get there, but there was lots to see on the way. We hiked a 45 minute section of the hills in about ten, afterwards we were all dying, but we managed to scale the boulders to see the tallest waterfall the area had to offer. We took pictures and to our surprise met up with a pack of dogs. We had seen these dogs wander about, and the day before a few of them walked with us, but these dogs were turning out to be our guides rather than followers. The dogs led us down the river and back onto the trail. From there they led us through the woods and straight to Madonna and Child. The falls were spectacular and we sat down and had a quick lunch.
There were 9 of us that planned on abseiling down the falls, so it would take a few hours. The path to the top was about a quarter mile, but almost always steep and slippery. We finally made it to the top and the view was awesome! Unfortunately we all forget to bring our packs and thus our cameras, but I do have some awesome mental pictures! Luckily there was shade at the top so none of us were fried, but we did have to wait awhile to abseil
This morning we headed back to PE, and the drive was much quicker, basically because we didn’t get lost. We got back and settled back into Langerry. We all had a blast in Hogsback, but we were very glad to be home.