The night of the 15th of July and the morning that followed saw a truly heavy snowfall across the Western Cape. Not willing to miss the rare opportunity to play in snow, myself, Oliver and couple of his friends made the tiring journey up to Victoria Peak.
Category: Jonkershoek Nature Reserve
After about two years of wanting to see Nerinakloof, Joe and I finally set out for it! The last time I attempted this route I mistook Vensterkloof to be Nerinakloof and ended up in a bit of trouble. Nevertheless, I learnt a valuable lesson on the dangers of the mountains.
Joe and I decided to take a break from the exam studies, and head up Stellenbosch Mountain. To my own embarrassment, I must admit that in all my time in Stellenbosch, I have never been up this iconic mountain before!
Making our way from the parking near African Valley Estate, Kyle and I scrambled up towards Botmaskop. The first 30 minutes had us walking along a dirt road lined with Blue Gum trees, whereafter we emerged on the protea-rich slopes of Botmaskop. In this short section alone, I managed to spot Protea repens (Sugarbush), Protea nitida (Waboom) and Protea nerifolia, to name a few. A troop of baboons even greeted us near the top.
In the hustle and bustle of a busy semester we managed to squeeze in a hike just before the holidays. The plan was to make our way to the top of Perdekop in the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve (near Franschhoek), yet the trail eluded us once again. A raging tempest put a halt to our plans, yet I wasn’t prepared to let this ruin our day! We thus set of to Jonkershoek with the full intent of having a rewarding day.
My birthday was coming up and I wanted to do something a little less traditional for a change – of course I chose to do a hike. I was deciding between the route from Jonkershoek to Franschhoek and the hike to Victoria Peak, but decided that the former would be much more enjoyable.
I had invited a bunch of friends and in my excitement I had made everyone maps and bought champagne. This was also a chance for me to test out my new Osprey backpack.
I awoke at 4:30 on the morning, got dressed and went to wait for Brian and Khaya. We proceeded to drive through to Franschhoek and left two cars at the end point. A few friends had cancelled and Khaya was not feeling too great so in the end there was four of us left to tackle the 26km hike. Since we were so few, I decided to leave my bottle of champagne (with its ungainly shape and unneeded weight) in the car – Joe had similar thoughts, but I had removed mine and he had the other bottle.
We set off just after 7:00 in the hopes that the skies would clear. The weather reports predicted a cloudy morning and clear skies later on, yet this was not the case.
Eduard and I had long since planned on going hiking, so we decided to make a day of it. Instead of the normal Panorama trail we opted for the longer route, heading up to Bergriviernek and down Swartboskloof. I was eager to hike again, seeing as my last venture outside had been the Drakensberg tour of July.