Walking in DuToit’s Kloof

It was just spitting rain  when we met at Kraal Rock at 06.30 but the weather forecast was for a cool, partly-clouded day and so it turned out to be.

On Wednesday 27 Feb we had mix of participants somewhat different from the normal turnout for a Hurriers walk; 10 persons made up of 5 married couples and including some faces not seen on the walks before, probably unique.

We all knew it was going to be long day with lots of driving but we did not bargain for a major motorcycle accident on the road between Franschhoek and Paarl and later a long stretch of single-lane traffic due to roadworks on the R45 before getting back on the N2 at the end of the day, all of  which extended the driving time by more than one hour. Hats off to the drivers.

Walking across the vlakte to the MCSA hut we had great views of the surrounding peaks of the Wemmershoek, Limietberg and DuToitskloof mountains in the Hawequas  range but were pleased to get to the hut  to enjoy our somewhat delayed morning tea. We set off for our walk up the valley to a waterfall but after the turn-off for Kromrivier Dome the track deteriorated and was almost non-existant.  Continuing along it for a while  we realised that with the delays already experienced  it would not be possible to get there and back in time for the party to get back to Hermanus for planned evening activities so we cut short the walk and returned to relax at the pools and at the hut.

The walk was advertised as an excursion to the country so we just enjoyed a relaxing day with lots of chatter.  Someone stated for a fact  that if you get 10 people together then it is 25% certain that two people will share a birthday.  The odds increase proportionately to 95% certianty you have 30 persons.  A quick check revealed that 5 of the group were Aries and that two share the 9th of April as their birthday.  Feeling put out there were some who thought this was all a bit fishy and some thought it was a lot of bull !!

The area of the walk was new to most of the party.  Piet and Martha found a record of their first visit to the Kromrivier Hut in April 1958 in the Hut Book and Dave remembered climbing DuToits Peak and visiting the hut more than 20 years ago. The Hurriers visited here in March 2014 but stayed for two nights enabling them to do much more walking.  All agreed that the area was well worth a visit and there were several options of a variety of walks.  This is for the future.

We were back at  the cars just after 2pm after what all thought was an enjoyable and relaxing day in the mountains.

Submitted by Piet van Zyl.      Jenny Fynn supplied the photographs.


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