Scorpio sets behind a stand of Casuarinas in McGregor.
Some 30 km outside of Calitzdorp in the Western Cape is the Gammkaberg Nature Reserve, run by Cape Nature. There are a number of trails in the park, the longest (two days) is the Tierkloof Trail that runs up the Tierkloof canyon stops at Oudkraal, an over night camp and then returns to the base camp the next day. Both days distance is about 14 km. The scenery is magnificent and the going moderately hard. The first day ends with a climb of about 450 m over 3 km. The second day is easier with a sharp down hill and then fairly flat all the way home. I recently hiked this trail and it is, as claimed one of the more beautiful hikes in the Western Cape.
The base camp.
The trail is built on and around the river that carved the klook (canyon). The river does not run often so this is not a problem. It could get tense though….
Thorn trees growing in the riverbed.
Trail markings are very good, this is an informal one that took my fancy
Overnight camp – Oudkraal.
Sunset is a special time
Enjoy the sunset
Before the long road home
More pictures here:
We did extensive upgrades on the house in Riviersonderend. One thing we really needed to do was the floors which were rotting
Follow the process if you dare.
First you tear up the floor.
Then you have a large hole, which you line with sand, lime and plastic
Then you put bearers and joists in.
And you end up with something that looks like this
Then you lay the floor boards. This done for us by genius floor person Munier Davids
After sanding and three coats of varnish you get something like this
The floors in our house in Riviersonderend were rotting so we needed to replace them. Follow us on a floor replacement journey with Tertius and Reggie.
Starting the lift.
And it was snowing outside.
We went on a cruise with 2000 other birders looking for pelagic birds.
Lions head and Table Mountain
Then next day, the birds
There is a video here