40 days – 40 hikes – Walking 4 Education

Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom ~ George Washington Carver

We had a lovely big group of family and friends for the walk to the Gorge. Aunties, uncles, grandparents and cousins gathered in the Thendele Car Park at 9:30 and we began our gentle walk up along the Tugela River.

This is probably one of the most popular walks in the Northern Drakensberg and one of outstanding beauty. The whole way up the Amphitheatre mountain is ahead and we were lucky to have the most gorgeous blue day.

The path winds up the valley on a gentle uphill through a few small forests but mostly in the gorgeous sunshine. It is relatively easy walking but little children do need encouragement. Daphne & Loretta kept Bella & Jude motivated and forward marching because the stories could only continue if they walked…..

The very last section requires a bit of boulder hopping but it is definitely a good idea to get to the end. The view up to Devil’s Tooth is magnificent. And, a little time to walk up the tunnel is always great fun. At this time of year the water level is quite low so we managed to get right to the top and 4 of us braved the cold and jumped in the small plunge pool. It was the most invigorating, take-your-breath-away swim!

We had a great lunch time picnic and hot tea & coffee. The old folks explored the Cave, the children raced up the chain ladder and then we returned home on the same path.

A great day out. We are nearing the end of our 40 days and I am certainly going to miss all the happy times….

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Update

An update on 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

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

28
Sungubala Moonlit walk
4.76
158

29
Montusi Mountain
6.08
270

30
Sungubala via Rustlers Gap
3.56
232

31
Princess Margaret Walk
5.88
104

32
Big Five
16.35
948

33
Jim’s Cave
4.62
289

34
Gudu Falls
24.78
1332

35
Okhombe Walk
2.96
85

36
Tugela Gorge
13.75
418

 
Total
322.42
14543

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