Day 5 – Up to Witsies

40 days ~ 40 hikes ~ Walking 4 Education

Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all. Aristotle

We departed from the Cavern at 11am and hiked up Sugar Loaf Gap, behind Sugar Loaf and onto Cold Hill. It was a steep climb and our small group, Hilton, Olivia (10), Noah (9) and I moved as fast as we could. The weather wasn’t the best and the dark clouds high above the Maluti Mountains meant we didn’t want to waste anytime. We stopped just near Broome Hill for a bite to eat.

It was so windy and it reminded me of a horse ride we did when we were young. My uncle, Ant, and his daughter, Loretta and I rode horses from the Cavern to Mahai. It was on the day when helicopters were out searching for an Englishman who had gone missing. He’d been blown off Broome Hill…

With this in my mind, and with our children in tow, we didn’t loiter for too long. Once we were over halfway and could see Witsiehoek Resort in the distance, we slowed down and brewed a little tea.

Children can make walking quite hard with the constant questions but we had a fun time on the hills. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time! How do you get to Witsieshoek? One step at a time!

All in all it was a great day and wonderful to share it as a family.

We spent the night at Witsieshoek. We were very lucky to book the new Sentinel units which are just lovely!

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An update to our progress so far…

DayDestinationDistance KMGain M
2Cannibal Cavern7.75475
3Natural Pool2.7287
4Echo Cave5.63321

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