Day 30 – Sungubala Camp via Rustler’s Gap

40 days – 40 hikes – Walking 4 Education

Always walk through life as if you have something new to learn and you will ~ Vernon Howard

We departed from the Cavern’s front lawn at 2:30pm. Our youngest was celebrating her 8th birthday so we had tea & cake commitments at 4pm at the Camp.

We walked along the Putterill’s Weir path which goes along the edge of the Fern Forest and then headed up to the Echo Cave path. This was a pull but lovely after a week of more gentle walking.

Rustler’s Gap is a break in the intermediate cliff line and was the route used by horse and cattle thieves in the 70’s and 80’s. This has been an age old problem with rustlers coming over the Drakensberg and finding livestock to chase through to Lesotho. They move huge distances in the night and are often far gone when the problem is discovered. I remember one incident in the 80’s when all 25 of the Cavern horses were stolen. Thankfully they were found before crossing the border but I do remember the anger and worry that it all caused!

From Rustler’s Gap we walked along the Bishop’s contour for a short distance and even though we had 3 dogs we were very lucky to see 3 Mountain Reedbuck and 6 Eland.

The path then cuts down towards the camp on the Sungubala side and we arrived just in time for birthday cake and tea!

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Below is an update of the progress so far…

DayDestinationDistance KMGain M
2Cannibal Cavern7.75475
3Natural Pool2.7287
4Echo Cave5.63321
7Mahai Valley11.76143
8Back to Cavern14.96477
9Jackal Hill7.28206
10Top Dams3.07106
11Sungubala Challenge14.21809
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
21Bishops Inkaba9.45353
22Thonsela Cave5.12442
23Umhlanga Promenade4.779
24Durban Beachfront5.9519
26Cannibal Cavern5.68406
27Lone Rock5.17305
28Sungubala Moonlit walk4.76158
29Montusi Mountain6.08270
30Sungubala via Rustlers Gap3.56232

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