The day dawned fine but cool in the mountains and all the hikers met very early, much to our surprise, at Perdekop Farm. After a quick cup of coffee and the obligatory photo, we all got moving shortly after 09h00.

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The hiking party comprised Bill Turner, Clive & Sandy Louw, Dave Manley (E. Cape member) & Gill Manley (New Member), Greg & Cheryl Devine, Wolf Schneider, Cordula Stock (Guest), Greg & Janet Moore and Fred van Berkel (photographer). Not in the picture were Di Turner and Nicky van Berkel, along for some botanising.

We joined the Attakwaskloof Pass road into the reserve and had a brief stop at the hikers hut and to read the memorial plaque.

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We then left the Pass road and turned west to cross the Kama River on a good access road to traverse along the foot of the mountains to the point where we started the ascent to the cave.

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Note the Black Wattle on the left. Unfortunately there is still a lot of alien vegetation in the reserve needing clearing.

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The ascent to the cave was relatively easy, as the bush burnt eighteen months ago and I am sure it wasn’t as steep as it looks in the photo.

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As can be seen, the cave is quite large and homely and there was quite a debate about the whale pictures.

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It is my personal interpretation that the San saw the whales or dolphins coming out of the sea, and walking on land as humans, as you can see the process of the whales becoming upright and becoming human. I am sure that those who have studied San art in more detail have a far different interpretation.

The party were all back at the farm just after 13h00, the hike taking four hours, covering nearly eleven kilometres and climbing five hundred metres. A pleasant, not too demanding walk with an elevated grade to 2+, because it was off path.

Greg Moore – meet leader

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