Vogelgat Walk


Inner circuit from Base Camp via Sea Saddle,  Bird’s Eye, Quark Pool and Miracle Kloof

Altitude gain – 455m

Distance – 9375m

Time  – 5h15m


Partly cloudy, cool with a WNW wind.  Ideal for walking


9 Walkers:  4 Male, 5 Female.  (3 Octogenarians)

A great walk through pristine Fynbos and fields of Erica with fine views of the surrounding mountains and the ocean below. The dry season was evident as none of the streams other than the Main Stream was flowing.  We really did not see any notable birds except the two Homo Sapiens accompanied by a male of their species who we came across at Quark Pool

It was quite an eventful walk:

Lost –  A leader and his wife,   Sole off a shoe,   Skin off an elbow

Added (later) –  4 stitches

Discovered – Muscles we had forgotten existed and new aches

Confirmed – “The older I get, the younger I was”

A great and memorable walk.  Thanks for excellent company


Parkrun Hermanus 3 March 2018

We went for our third Parkrun this morning and managed, once again, to improve our PBs.  Renee even broke the local record for her age group for the second week running.  Well done!!  She is a real star – and on her birthday, too!

Before the start – much fresher than after the finish!!

Wednesday Walk – Fernkloof

Fifteen walkers turned up this morning for a quick two hour hike in Fernkloof.  The weather was good with some cloud, but no rain (much needed in these parts).  There was not a lot to see on the flower front, however, we met up with the BotSoc flower group, who seemed pretty enthralled with what they were looking at!

As far as birds were concerned, there were the usual Orange-breasted Sunbirds and many calls from Cape Grassbids, but the highlight of the day was a trio of Ground Woodpeckers, whose loud calls drew our attention to their presence on a rock above us.

Gansbaai to De Kelders with the Hurriers

Today’s walk from Gansbaai to De Kelders and back took place under the most incredible weather conditions.  The sea was like a mirror, with barely a ripple to be seen.  It was low tide and we were all feeling good about last night’s good thunderstorm and it looked as if JZ was finally about to vacate his office.  A great day for all of South Africa!!

We walked a total of 8 kilometres and it got pretty warm and very humid as the morning progressed.  It was good to note that the path is being upgraded with some new and much needed boardwalks in some of the rougher areas.

Kogelberg Memories

Almost exactly ten years ago we walked Dot’s Dash – it was Jessica’s birthday, so she brought along some cake.  As we descended from Spook Nek that day, Christine fell and broke her ankle.  I did not write a blog at the time so, apart from the drama of the day and Christine’s unfortunate part in it, the event went unrecorded.  A helicopter came to our aid and lifted her off the mountain – it was a memorable occasion!

In those days Dot’s Dash was always really spectacular with endless Erica pillansii and we all took hundreds of photographs every April when they were at their best.  The area has been ravaged by a big fire or two and there have been many years when we have only seen the odd red bloom.  Now there is good recovery and we look forward to a splendid show when we walk there in April this year.

It will be an opportunity to remember our old friends and the good times we had together.

High in the Kogelberg

A walk along the Perdeberg Trail provides views and vistas that are hard to beat.  The fragments of resistant Table Mountain Sandstone stand on the mountain tops as an army, offering endless sheltered spots for flora and fauna to thrive in an often cold and windy environment.  Between the high ridges are views down valleys towards Grabouw and the coastal towns of Kleinmond and Betty’s Bay.  When everyday problems start to get you down, this is the place to be!