40 days – 40 hikes – Walking 4 Education

Never, never, never give up ~ Winston Churchill

A slight change in schedule meant that this would be my last walk at The Cavern. In the planning stages we had decided that we’d start with Sugar Loaf and end with it but then we found that we hadn’t included Metsi Matso and so this was to be the final walk of the 40 Series.

Tomorrow, Tuesday 27 May, my very last hike will take place at Kamberg after dropping our eldest at boarding school. This weekend has been a special midterm break with wonderful participation from the children. We all did the Gorge, we all hiked today and when the children rode bikes we walked alongside.

This morning’s walk went up via Sugar Loaf Gap and then along a fairly well-worn path which meanders down towards the Metsi Matso Stream below the mountains of Battleship and Hlolela. It was a perfect day. Brilliant blue sky and the water was sparkling…. We then walked alongside the river until we got to the dam – Metsi Matso meaning black water.

This dam had a trout hatchery and at a time it held the record for the largest Rainbow Trout caught in South Africa. Mike Posthumus landed a 8.25kg trout in March 1999. Unfortunately our fishermen weren’t so lucky! Just one bite but no fish for dinner!

After fishing, building mud-pies and paddling in the waters we headed home via the same route. A gorgeous day and a lovely end to the midterm break with the kids.

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Update

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
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
37
Tower of Pizza
12.87
70
38
Adventure Center
9.78
151
39
Metsi Matsho
10.36
599
Total
355.43
15363

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