Monthly Archives: March 2011

Slangkop Redhill section of Hoerikwaggo Trail

Slangkop Redhill March 2011

Probably the easiest and shortest section of the Hoerikwaggo Trail, nevertheless, challenging on a really hot day at 35 degrees C. Starting with a short and easy up hill section to veiws overlooking Kommetjie and Slangkop Lighthouse. Pass by some interesting WW 2 look out points and old barracks. Fairly easy going from there, until down hill to Ocean View. Lots of alien vegetation at this point and lets down the prestine nature of the rest of the trail. Up and down some long, rocky, but easy going slopes through some wonderful countryside – looking forward to the promised swim in the dam. About three hours to this point and welcome lunch and dip. After lunch about one hour walk, almost flat, going back to Redhill and the cars. Lizards, sunbirds and a beautiful Rock Kestrel. Now to find a way down in to Simonstown for overnight on this section.

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Green Mountain Trail – Peter

Hi Frank,
 
We continued last Friday pm from Porcupine to Tsistikamma and Saturday all the wat to the hole-in-the-wall (1200km) and were without tv and internet until now where we are near Nottingham Road in the MIdlands Meander.
 
The trail. Extremely good value for money. Interesting varied trails, ups and downs – but while long never excessive scrambling. Weather behaved although a couple of days it was hot or humid. But again nothing in excess.
 
The guide on the first two days (the Fynbos Guy – Dominic) was extraordinary good. It was a tough taks for the two guides (Tony and John) to take it up next two days (they did not know what we knew from the two previous days)
 
The lay-out with surprises (lunch in the middle of OAak River vineyard with two lovely girls), the wine tasting (Eerste Hoop in Porcupine, In Paul Kluwer and Wildekransw andn Beaumont) were all extarordinary well done and full of pleasant palate surprises (and quite a few cases were bought)
 
Murray and Alison had fantastic accomodation and food arrangements for us. Transport in between was well organised.
 
All in all thanks for getting us included – with a very nice crowd – an English couple, a RSA couple from CPT, a lady Portugues RSA resident and a photographer/ journalist who is goin to put us all into Country Life in a couple of months. Not a single disagreement or unsatisfaction for the four days and four nights.
 
Hope this answers your queery -0 which you are welcome to share with others
 
Hike on-on
Peter

PS My wife reading above mentioned two issues. At Oak River lunch they should ensure shadow sitting for all – and maybe there was one wine tasting too much (I disagree with the last point)

 

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Table Mountain Trail – Mark and Jane

Hello Frank,
Yes, we both arrived back in the UK on separate flights about 45 mins apart on Tues. It was FREEZING when we got off the planes! We miss the blue sky, bright sunshine and wonderful scenery. The memories will stay with us for a very long time.
As for your tour – we were very impressed with the organisation of it all. We appreciated being collected from the airport, and enjoyed the short stay at the wash houses. The double hammocks and outdoor dining area, all at the foot of Table Mountain, added to the atmosphere.
You found a real diamond with Warren. He was very easy to get on with and we had a similar sense of humour. His knowledge of the mountain, it’s flora and fauna, were excellent, and he appeared able to judge the sort of trails to follow based on our perceived fitness.
Staying at the cottage was very special. Yes, we knew you weren’t supposed to swim in the dam but the water was lovely and cool!
The braai was great, as was the very drinkable SA red wine! The sunset and sunrise were spectacular, as was the view over the Cape flats (by day and night).
Day 2 was just as challenging, and I (Mark) found out I suffered from vertigo the hard way!
Descending the gorge was very challenging and hot, and reaching the bottom (firm, flat ground!) completed our hike.
We have given your numbers to Jane’s sister Elaine, who may be able to contact you (but we’re not sure what their schedule will allow).
We would recommend your company to anyone who asked, and would certainly use it again ourselves. To do what many South Africans themselves have never done was again quite special.
Please say hello to Warren (the maverick!) for us.
Best wishes,
Mark and Jane

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