A Walk to the Vogelgat Waterfall

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There were 11 enthusiastic Hurriers in Vogelgat with perfect hiking conditions to look for the Disa uniflora and to reach the waterfall for a swim.

The first Disa was found relatively early during the hike and the endorphins started to kick in and Hurriers made it to the pool with much excitement, and some brave faces with strong arms holding onto the rope, shifting on a wooden plank along the cliff face and using the thick rope to haul ourselves up the last cliff to the exciting pool and the beautiful high waterfall with its treasured Disa uniflora…. the coffee and swim were special treats.

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Around Kanonkop

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The recent wildfires in the Overstrand threatened to disrupt the Hurriers walking programme and Ronnie’s Palmietrivier walk had to be changed. Fortunately most of Fernkloof and the other Hermanus mountains escaped the fires  and the Hurriers have risen like a Phoenix from the ashes (so to speak).  We have enjoyed two walks in the burn to marvel at the Fire Lilies and other signs of regrowth,  Ronnie’s re-routed walk along level on the Contour Path and, last week, the intrepid 11 found themselves Up the Creek and scaling mossy cliffs in Vogelgat.

It was a cool but humid  misty morning when 10 Hurriers and Bob from Tipperary (a long way away) met at the Visitors’ Centre.  Dave suggested we leave the straight and narrow and ascend the heights of Kanonkop via Klipspringer returning via Adder Ladder.  It was a great walk with glimpses of the sea and the valleys through…

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Photography at De Hoop Nature Reserve

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De Hoop is one of my favourite photographic destinations.  The magnificent coastline, with its rock pools and adjacent dune field offer endless opportunities for photographic exploration.  Of course, there are wild animals and birds galore as well, but a day spent on the coast with a wide angle lens is about as good as it gets!

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De Hoop with The Hermanus Bird Club

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Our two night outing to De Hoop commenced on Monday.  Recording bird species for the trip list started when we left the tar road outside Bredasdorp and ended there today on our return.  It was a great trip, arranged by Craig, as his swansong from the committee.

Accommodation and food were of a very high standard, with everybody making their contribution.  The small group size (only 18 members took part) meant that we all got to know each other and this made for a very happy outing!

On the birding front, we managed to assemble a list of 126 species, which is probably just about as good as any previous trip to De Hoop.  Perhaps the best bird of the trip was the African Snipe, three of which frequented a small water seep close to the camp, making for great viewing.  Despite the somewhat windy weather, we also managed two…

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