Day 39 – Metsi Matso – Swart Water

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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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
32Big Five16.35948
33Jim’s Cave4.62289
34Gudu Falls24.781332
35Okhombe Walk2.9685
36Tugela Gorge13.75418
37Tower of Pizza12.8770
38Adventure Center9.78151
39Metsi Matsho10.36599

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