40 days ~ 40 hikes ~ Walking 4 Education on May Day

Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farmworkers can become the president of a great nation. It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another. ― Nelson Mandela

One challenge in doing 40 hikes is fitting in all the other things that happen each and every day! This morning a few minutes needed to be set aside for emails and other office work and then we headed off into the great outdoors.

Our mission was to catch up with the Cavern’s morning walk that had left half an hour before us so I do think we went up the hill at rather a good pace. Our hike took us past the Top Dams, TV Ridge and then across to Surprise Ridge. It was a tad windy but as soon as we were moving and made our way uphill, we got rather hot.

Hiking along the top of Surprise Ridge is just lovely and flat and you have the most wonderful view of the main Drakensberg escarpment stretching from the Amphitheatre all the way down to Cathkin. After this section is the actual Camel. It’s a steep clamber up the Hump and then you are rewarded with a 360 degree view. We met the group here and had a great time nattering!

We descended the Hump and had lovely tea and crunchies before making our way home. The route home is quite steep but very quick. In no time we were on First Ridge. This is my favourite view of the Cavern with the peak of Hlolela behind.

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