After an early drive from Cape Town, six of us stepped out into the damp vlaktes of Groot Winterhoek on a cloudy morning. Our first day’s journey would take us on a 15.5km route to Groot Kliphuis.
We began our trek going down the Groot-Kliphuis River, its waters strong flowing after recent rains. Though the water was chilly, one brave member took the plunge before we continued on, ascending up and over to Klein-Kliphuis River.
The valley below had been cleared of the blue gums, revealing the beautiful surroundings. Sadly, the majestic Groot Winterhoek peak remained shrouded in clouds for most of the day. But even the light drizzle couldn’t dampen our spirits as we continued our climb over into the valley to Groot Kliphuis, where our campsite for the night awaited.
As the sun began to set, we made camp and set up in the cosy cave, protected from the rain and wind. Two members of our party braved the elements in their hammocks, while the rest of us cozied up in our tents. The rain fell softly throughout the night, but thankfully, the wind stayed at bay.
The next morning we awoke to a moody and beautiful scene, with mist in the valley. After breakfast and coffee, we made our way back the 8.6km via Disa Pools, enjoying the perfect hiking temperature.
For most of our party, this was their first experience of the wonder of Groot Winterhoek, and for two, their first MCSA meet. It was a lovely 48 hours spent in the mountains.
Leader: Cecilia Scholz
Pictures: Cilnette Pienaar, Stephen Gibson, Cecilia Scholtz