40 days – 40 hikes – Walking 4 Education

All the world is a laboratory to the inquiring mind ~ Martin H. Fischer

We departed just before 7am on a very windy morning with just 3 of us and the faithful hound, Moya. We had to move quickly to warm-up but in no time we were above the dams and soon after that on the Lone Rock level. A lone baboon watched us from above and barked as we made our way steadily to the cliff line.

We sheltered from the wind in the little overhang where the Bushman Paintings can be found. We have been so fortunate to see rather a lot of paintings over the last week and they provide us with a glimpse of life in the early days. The paintings at Thonsela, although small, are quite lovely with 2 leopards and a few figures. We then popped into Thonsela cave for a short time. There is still quite a lot of water which is a good sign as we move into the drier months.

We retraced our steps on the way home at rather a quick pace. Our walk was just less than 2 hours and we were home in time for breakfast! What a lovely way to start the day!

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Update

Below is an update of the progress 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
350

20
Voting Day
10.34
318

21
Bishops Inkaba
9.45
353

22
Thonsela Cave
5.12
442

 
Total
213.16
9941

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