South Africa – Underberg

Having done the Sani Pass we decided a more leisurely day was needed. Nearby was the Drakensberg Gardens We were informed we could go through their grounds to the campsite at the end and do some walking. Pillar Cave was our choice, so off we set.

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Start of the walk to Pillar Cave

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Setting off

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It was a great walk although we had to cross a swollen river 3 times

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The first river crossing

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Definitely going to get wet feet

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The walk towards Pillar Cave

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We decided it was easier to just wade through and dry our boots later. The mist settled in and we weren’t sure where the cave was, as the map we were following was very stylised. At the point of giving up and returning, Sandra walked on and finally found the cave. I presume the view from the cave is great but we didn’t see it 🙁

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View from Pillar Cave

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Pillar Cave

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It wasn’t the best walk for birds, but the flowers were good, which was a bonus.

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Protea

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Orchid

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Canon PowerShot SX280 HS 1/60 s. f/3.5 iso200 4.5-90.0 mm

We stopped for lunch on the way back at the first river crossing

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Lunch time

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Whilst here we spotted a female Malachite Sunbird entering a nest

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Malachite Sunbird female at the nest

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The male Malachite Sunbird was near but didn’t seem to be helping

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Malachite Sunbird, Nectarinia famosa

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Driving back to our B&B in Underberg we came across this Long-crested Eagle at the side of the road

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Long-crested Eagle, Lophaetus occipitalis

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To finish off a great day, we had a braai for our steak and a firepit to sit and watch as well as to help dry our boots.

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Sandra relaxing with a drink by the firepit

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It’s off to Didima tomorrow to our final destination of the holiday.

© 2003-2019 Kevin B Agar

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