Our walk on Wednesday, from Fernkloof Visitors’ Centre, over the mountain and down to the Plaaskombuis in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley was attended by 10 walkers. The weather was excellent and Mick ensured that we were aware of all the relevant landmarks as we progressed up to the jeep track and then down through the Hamilton Russel olive groves and vineyards, frequently pointing out similarities with Tuscany and reminding us that we could enjoy this spectacular scenery right on our doorstep without bothering with visas or flights! We even had the advantage of African wildlife as we were entertained by a large troop of baboons, which graced the rocky outcrops above the valley.
The Plaaskombuis farmstall and restaurant is adjacent to Brent’s packshed and water cress farm, so we availed ourselves of Sandy’s presence and she kindly showed us around this fascinating enterprise. The meal at the Plaaskombuis was good and wholesome and we all agreed that we had had a very good outing.