Eland encounters

Trip Start Dec 16, 2005
Trip End Jun 12, 2006

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Saturday, June 3, 2006

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A bit of a sore bum this morning. We took a 90 minute drive around to Injisuthi Valley and started a big hike that Ed had described to us. We were to go up to Battle Caves and then right up another valley to Marble Baths before cutting back across the hills via Grindstone Caves to our starting point - a nice circular walk. Unfortunately we failed to complete our hike again.

It took us a while to get to Marble Baths and at this point the trail turned into a bit of a bushwhack. Rather than get stuck in the hills overnight we decided to retrace our steps and return via the same route.

Great hike all the same and we saw about 10 eland, the largest of the antelope family. We also saw a lammergeyer and some view up to the high Drakensbergs - as always the views of the high Drakensbergs were spectacular. It was interesting this valley was one around from Champagne Valley where we were staying, yet it was much greener.

We did our bit for the local community and gave a nice old lady a ride back into town. She nicely offered to pay us - Erica wanted to take it but I wouldn't let her!
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