40 days – 40 hikes- Walking 4 Education

Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace. ~ Confucius

We awoke to a very misty morning at Drifters Drakensberg Lodge. After a scrumptious breakfast we met our guide Justice and decided that we’d head off in the direction of the Bushman Paintings and decide our route as the morning wore on…

We went from the Lodge and climbed steadily onto the next contour level and then followed an easy gradient round to the paintings. The paintings are on a single rock and this is a collection of many stories. There was an interesting painting of a domestic dog as well as what looked like an elephant.

The weather looked set-in but we decided that we would go to the top of the cliff line and visit the Vulture Colony. The last time I visited this spot was when I was about 12 and there is a photo of me crying my eyes out… I remember it being steep and my fear of heights was on my mind as we began the steep climb. The log steps certainly help climb but they also help preserve the mountain side by helping to curb erosion. We finally reached the rock at the top and with the help of Hilton & Justice I was hoisted up.

We then walked along the cliff line and sat down just above the colony of birds. The Cape Vulture is an endangered species and it was a real treat to see so many birds. They flew from their nests, circled above us and we sat in absolute awe for at least 40 minutes before deciding to brew tea and take it all in for another little while. This was an experience to treasure.

We assessed the weather once more and Babangibona was still in thick mist and so we decided to head down the same way and extend our walk by following the Royal Drakensberg MTB cycle route. This follows a good jeep track and so we paced our way through to Montusi Mountain Lodge.

A very special day and thanks to Richard & Steffi from Drifters for hosting us last night. We had a wonderful sleep, delicious meals and so enjoyed experiencing more of the Northern Drakensberg.

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Update

Below is a record of progresss so far…

Day
Destination
Distance KM
Gain M

1
Sugarloaf
7.08
565

2
Cannibal Cavern
7.75
475

3
Natural Pool
2.72
87

4
Echo Cave
5.63
321

5
Witsieshoek
12.08
886

6
Amphitheatre
9.62
726

7
Mahai Valley
11.76
143

8
Back to Cavern
14.96
477

9
Jackal Hill
7.28
206

10
Top Dams
3.07
106

11
Sungubala Challenge
14.21
809

12
Amazizi
6.75
176

13
Park Grotto
19.27
853

14
Camels Hump
8.11
374

15
Policemans Helmet
12.34
511

16
Big Five
16.81
933

17
Silent Woman
3.4
115

18
Sungubala to Drifters
11.6
715

19
Vulture Colony
13.81
229

 
 
188.25
8707

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