40 days – 40 hikes – Walking 4 Education

I never teach my pupils; I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn ~ Albert Einstein

Today was the school hike to Lone Rock. All the children met us on the front lawn at 9am and we snaked our way up the driveway and past Top Dams.

More than 60 children, 2 dogs, a few teachers and a couple of hangers-on. What a wonderful crowd on the hillside. If you are ever down in the dumps, children will always bring out the positive and the fun side of life and they were just fantastic this morning. Interested in everything, chatting happily and enjoying the great outdoors.

On the way up we looked at the Leonotis leonurus – Wild Dagga – in flower. We discussed its Zulu name – utshwala-bezinyoni – the beer of the bird – what a great name! We spoke about the birds that drank from this vibrant orange plant. Children just love to learn…

Shortly before we arrived at Lone Rock we had to have a snack stop. The little ones (some have only just turned 4!) needed a little sustenance. A few bites to eat, a bit more energy and we made our way to the paintings. They enjoyed looking at them. We chatted about the Bushmen and how they lived, what their paintings told us and how we need to care and preserve them. We found a protea pod and then we all learnt a new word Fibonacci… the most efficient way to pack as much as possible into a space!

We were like a giant worm on the mountainside and the hills were alive with the sound of chattering…. we made our way down and safely home. What a lovely way to spend a morning and oh my word there is plenty to learn in the great outdoors!

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Update!

An update of the progress to date:

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

23
Umhlanga Promenade
4.77
9

24
Durban Beachfront
5.95
19

25
Umdloti
4.95
27

26
Cannibal Cavern
5.68
406

27
Lone Rock
5.17
305

 
Total
239.68
10707

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