Day 31 – The Princess Margaret Walk

40 days – 40 hikes – Walking 4 Education

Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

We had overnighted at the camp and so our walk began at about 10am with a lovely crowd including quite a few of the children. We headed down to the old jeep track and walked along it until we almost reached the neighbour’s fence.

We then headed uphill on a newly burnt tracer. The tracers form the edges of the firebreaks and are normally burnt off in the Autumn before it gets too dry. Once the grasses have frosted and are very dry then the break is burnt between 2 tracers. This tracer zagged up the hill and normally there would be the most wonderful view of the main escarpment. Colder weather and low cloud restricted the view but it was great to be out.

Just as we entered the Forest before heading on the Jackal Hill contour we found the rock which has ‘Princess Margaret Walk’ engraved on it. This was done by William Charlmers who did the rock carving of the Silent Woman and probably around the time of the Royal visit to the Natal National Park in 1947.

We then walked along Jackal Hill where the path meanders on a lovely easy contour through a few forests and grasslands before returning to the camp. The kids and most of the adults then choose to drive home. Daph, Dave and I continued along Bushbuck Ridge and back to the Cavern in time for the Sunday Braai!

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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
31Princess Margaret Walk5.88104

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