First Hike of the year 3

3 January I joined the first hike (12 km) of the Strandveld Hiking club. The hike followed a coastal stretch between Die Kelders and Gansbaai in the Western Cape, South Africa. It was a surprise hike that lead us through some public and private caves. The first post (yesterday morning) consisted of blue tinted B&W pictures (portraits) of the hikers. The second one (previous post) of some images of the scenery and this third one with underground cave scenery. All pictures of this post (except for the 3 first ones in the gallery are shot without flash and tripod.

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First Hike of the year 2

3 January I joined the first hike (12 km) of the Strandveld Hiking club. The hike followed a coastal stretch between Die Kelders and Gansbaai in the Western Cape, South Africa. It was a surprise hike that lead us through some public and private caves. This first post this morning consists of blue tinted B&W pictures (portraits) of the hikers. This second one of some images of the scenery and the third one (tomorrow) with underground cave scenery.

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First hike of the year 1

3 January I joined the first hike (12 km) of the Strandveld Hiking club. The hike followed a coastal stretch between Die Kelders and Gansbaai in the Western Cape, South Africa. It was a surprise hike that lead us through some public and private caves. This first post consists of blue tinted B&W pictures (portraits) of the hikers. The second one (later today) of some images of the scenery and the third one (tomorrow) with underground cave scenery.




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Pig’s Snout Magic

Saturday 6 September 2014, I hiked with the Strandveld Hiking Club along the lagoon and up to the magic of Pig’s Snout between Stanford and Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa. Over 20 people from as far as Quebec and even from Cape Town joined the 8 kilometer hike. I’ve been in many forests including nearby Platbos Forest but the Pig’s Snout forest beats them all; foremost I think because of the streams, the varied terrain and the magical waterfalls. It may not be as wide as the Niagara Falls but it’s certainly higher …

The Happy Hikers

The Strandveld Hiking Club (you won’t believe it; I’m a member) organises a monthly hike and every hike is thoroughly prepared by one of more of the members. The November hike is the one from Tesselaarsdal to Stanford across the Klein Rivier Mountains; 16 km in total. We take the same route as barber Johan Willemse from Tesselaarsdal in the old days. On Friday he walked to Stanford to ‘dress the hair’ of his clientele on Saturday. On a Sunday he walked all the way back. A month or so ago ‘cheerleader’ Jenny Hayes and company set out from the Stanford side and last week they did it from Tesselaarsdal. For the people who are unknown with the location: both villages are situated in the Overberg region in the western Cape, South Africa. Along the hike is a wide variety of Fynbos vegetation.

The Stinkwood Forest Trail

This morning I went on a hike in the Flower Valley near our village. I joined the Strandveld Hiking club and this was my first hike; it was also the last hike of this year and the most difficult one. We took the Stinkhoutbos trail (Stinkwood Forest Trail) with some steep going up and downs. Anyway I survived.. In February is the next hike.