St Fort, Clarens

I always have intentions of making some notes about our holiday breaks but never get around to it. Let’s hope this attempt goes better.

Here’s my campfire tale of our meanderings along the Cannibal trail. It’s about a 4 hour drive from where we live in Durban to the farm that hosts the trail.

We drove via White Mountain Resort and had a good brunch at the Pancake House in the Central Drakensberg area.

A derelict farm house between White Mountain Resort and Draycott

The St Fort homestead, nestled in the Maluti Mountains near Clarens in the Free State,now operates as a B&B and Wedding venue
The original farmhouse at St Fort (now semi-derelict and used as to store cattle feed)
An old sandstone barn, converted into comfortable backpackers accommodation
You can sleep in an ox wagon like this one. They fitted out with double bunks and each wagon sleeps 8 people.
Gwen, contemplating the walk to come. Or what?
Mari, Carilyn, Ben, Gwen, Rob, Ron hiding behind camera
Sandstone formation.
Bat Wing Falls. A cool place to take a rest.
Amazing sandstone overhang
And when does it qualify as a cave?
The trail is pretty well marked, but we did manage to stray twice on the first day.
Gwen’s favorite part of the walk!!
So! Why don’t my pot plants grow without watering?
Mike’s Cave, where we slept. The bunker looking building is the ablutions.
The views along the trail are tremendous.
Mike’s Cave is big and comfortable. It faces west, we had a colorful sunset and the cave was warm (in May)
Intrepid hikers!
Supper around the campfire with good company.
A happy start to day 2…
The path goes directly down to the track in the background. I’m glad we didn’t come up it!
All good things come to an end… or do they?
…just so that you know, Ronald was along for the walk.

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