40 days – 40 hikes – Walking 4 Education

There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats it’s children ~ Nelson Mandela

We woke to a sunny start at Montusi Mountain Lodge. Montusi offers peace and tranquility in a gorgeous setting with uninterrupted views of the Amphitheatre. After a delicious breakfast we met our team of happy voters and made our way along the MTB tracks through the Wanhoop Farm.

It was hot in the valley and the climb out meant the children needed a few sweets and lots of encouragement to reach the tea stop. We were met on the other side of the valley by the Piccione’s who run the Berghouse Cottages and we were treated to tea, coffee, refreshing mint & lemon water, homemade banana bread & the most delicious biltong muffins. The cottages are set up high on the hillside with extensive views and the added cycle tracks make this is another wonderful getaway in the Northern Drakensberg.

We had a steep climb following tea and then we meandered along the top of the hill, reaching the tippy-top of Rammelskop before heading straight down to our voting station in the Langkloof Village. We cast our votes quickly and we were then collected by the cattle truck and dropped off at the Tower of Pizza for a late lunch. This is definitely the best spot for pizza in SA!

A great day. Great walking, great friends, great eats & treats and a true celebration of 20 years as a Democracy.

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Update

An update of the progress so far…

DayDestinationDistance KMGain M
1Sugarloaf7.08565
2Cannibal Cavern7.75475
3Natural Pool2.7287
4Echo Cave5.63321
5Witsieshoek12.08886
6Amphitheatre9.62726
7Mahai Valley11.76143
8Back to Cavern14.96477
9Jackal Hill7.28206
10Top Dams3.07106
11Sungubala Challenge14.21809
12Amazizi6.75176
13Park Grotto19.27853
14Camels Hump8.11374
15Policemans Helmet12.34511
16Big Five16.81933
17Silent Woman3.4115
18Sungubala to Drifters11.6715
19Vulture Colony13.81350
20Voting Day10.34318
 Total198.599146

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