Mags and Lynette arranged the walk at Boschkloof, Thys de Villiers’ farm, on the road past Raka. We had beautiful weather once again, although there was a pretty chill breeze blowing at the top of the mountain. We walked a total distance of 10.5km. The first half was all uphill and the return along the same route was the opposite! Having done this walk previously, we knew what we were in for, but once again the fynbos amazed us with its profusion of colour and variety. Last year we did it at the end of October and it was interesting to see the different species in bloom this time round. The one that was special was the Erica ampullacea, some examples of which I show below.
There were no less than 14 members present for the walk which took us up to a radio mast. Some wanted to go further up to the next peak, but the teatime lethargy had set in and so this particular excursion was called off. Next time we will just keep going! The views over the wheat and canola fields to the north were spectacular. You chose a good day to grace us with your company, Allan! Also good to see Louisa again – please don’t let it be the last time.
Apart from the flowers, we also saw some Ground Woodpeckers, a couple of Black Eagles and many Orange-breasted Sunbirds.
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