Walking Outdoors In Sunny South Africa

joanstewart
joanstewart @joanstewartJuly 2019 · 5 min read

Sights we enjoyed seeing streams ambling down, tree top adventures, everything outdoors.



Starting out after breakfast for a walk I believe we completed 5 kilometers that morning, my sister in law has a watch counter for every step she takes, for me it is getting out to take photos, enjoy the walk and see whatever is available on the day.

A cool start to the morning with light drizzle in the air, not raining just lovely walking weather. Yes I am sitting at home still recovering, this is no excuse not to inviting you on one of the walks I did enjoy when up in the Drakensberg.

Close to the ground what looks to be the Water Iris, planted in deep shade with some drops of rain running off the very dark foliage (this flower had brilliant colours, battled with a getting a good shot).

Water Iris - Drakensberg
Water Iris - Drakensberg

Possibly Water Iris - Canon PowerShot SX730 HS f/8 1/3 sec ISO-80 focal length 4mm

Streams feeding into the main river flowing swiftly down the hills, this water will be clean enough to drink being the a major catchment area of water to feed our dams.

Streams
Streams

Mountain Streams - Canon PowerShot SX730 HS f/8 0.6 sec ISO-80 focal length 4mm

Dams and rivers are extremely popular with fly-fishing in the hope of catching some trout in the region, early morning fishing on the dam or in rivers requires a permit to fish, a popular sport to enjoy if going into this region. For children there is putt-putt, adults have 18 hole golf course, hikes are plentiful or just quietly walking enjoying the great outdoors.

Fly-fishing
Fly-fishing

Fly Fishing - Canon PowerShot SX730 HS f/8 1/50 sec ISO-80 focal length 60mm

Paths made by water of the hills and mountains in this region lead into the Unzimkulu River this pours out into the sea at Port Shepstone, winding it's way feeding water into farmlands and towns, it is pristine up here however human litter ends up spilling into the coastal towns due to lack of respect for rivers, a major concern at the moment.

Umzimkulu River
Umzimkulu River

Umzimkulu River - Canon PowerShot SX730 HS f/8 1/13 sec ISO-80 focal length 4mm

Walk was planned along the river, crossing streams, visiting the caravan park which is always well kept, (extremely full during holiday seasons), so glad we visit outside of holidays now, a lot quieter.

Drakensberg Gardens Camping Site
Drakensberg Gardens Camping Site

Umzimkulu River - Canon PowerShot SX730 HS f/8 1/13 sec ISO-80 focal length 4mm

Popping into the enclosure where these little goats are kept is always a fun thing to do, they are escape artists so getting in or out is quite a feat! The are able to jump pretty high so brick walls to enclose up to about five foot (2 meters) plus wiring above to keep them secure, another fun thing for children to enjoy (and the young at heart).

Goats enclosure
Goats enclosure

Goats - Canon PowerShot SX730 HS f/8 1/40 sec ISO-80 focal length 4mm

Suspension bridges are plentiful to cross streams and the main river, hope you enjoy them, I know I don't, always waiting for everyone to cross before committing myself to a slow precision walk across these bridges.

Suspension bridges
Suspension bridges

Umzimkulu River - Canon PowerShot SX730 HS f/8 1/8 sec ISO-80 focal length 4mm

Mid-morning pony rides going out onto the lower hills for a few hours, these horses are not allowed to take a person weighing more than 100 kg's which is strictly controlled considering some of the steep climbing expected on the trails.

Pony rides
Pony rides

Pony rides - Canon PowerShot SX730 HS f/8 1/50 sec ISO-80 focal length 4mm

Tree to tree adventure for fit younger folks who don't have knees and bones that go snap crackle and pop, you may wish to try traversing through the trees taking on the tree top challenge, at higher level!

Tree traversing
Tree traversing

Tree traversing - Canon PowerShot SX730 HS f/8 1/50 sec ISO-80 focal length 4mm

Plucked up the courage and got out to the suspension bridge over the Umzimkulu River, took this photo from approximately half way over, river is not running as wild as we have seen in previous years.

Center of main river suspension bridge
Center of main river suspension bridge

Suspension bridge main river - Canon PowerShot SX730 HS f/8 1/50 sec ISO-80 focal length 4mm

Lovely tall grasses along the bank of the river as we complete the round trip and return back to our accommodation to put our feet up.

Drakensberg grasses
Drakensberg grasses

Tree traversing - Canon PowerShot SX730 HS f/8 1/125 sec ISO-80 focal length 4mm

Thank you for joining me enjoying nature in our part of the world, have a wonderful week, keep walking, keep smiling, life is short enjoy each moment!


Thought for Today: "The path is made by walking." ~ African proverb

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What a wonderful adventure you are having. So many different things to do in one place. You must feel like you are in heaven.


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Was definitely not like this 20 years ago, we loved the region for hiking, swimming in the river and exploring nature.

Younger generation appear to need to be entertained on-site with all modern amenities, sometimes wonder if they actually get to hike or explore what truly is on offer.


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A beautiful walk, indeed! I might feel the same as you about those suspension bridges.


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Prefer my feet firmly placed on the ground, we have crossed through rivers for years, suspension bridges only introduced in the past 10 years for convenience.

Personally I still prefer roughing it in the outdoors!


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Haha! Yeah. I can understand that.


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Damn, South Africa surely has such beautiful places.


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Big beautiful country, just a pity it is in such a mess of late Jon.


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The goats are so cute, as are the ponies! My favorite of this awesome bunch of captures is the guy fishing though - great composure, and it looks like it could be an ad for outdoor gear. Much enjoyed the walk, Joan - thanks for taking us along!


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Fly-fishing is quite popular, some go into the water in boots and special gear in the rivers, others hire boats to hit the sweet spot, ironically I have yet to see anyone land a fish from these waters Traci.


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Wow, that's interesting, Joan! And yet they keep trying - too funny! I always thought of fishing as just a good excuse to enjoy hanging out near the water. 😊


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Thank you for your support and comments @smeralda and @travelfeed greatly appreciated.


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We're happy when you're happy :)


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Congratulations on the OCD nominations @joanstewart!


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Thanks for support from everyone @joelai, always finding such interesting topics to read, not always enough time to post.


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So true!


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Those are beautiful, Joan. I love that iris and the photo of the river from the suspension bridge. I loathe them, too. Make me feel queasy. Always have...


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This Iris is about one fifth the height of bearded Iris, very deep green foliage. I prefer to go through the river if possible rather than suspension bridges, feet planted firmly on mother earth...


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Just beautiful! Love all of it, except for maybe the suspension bridges. 😉


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Sounds like many of us don't trust suspension bridges @cindyhartz thanks for visiting.


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leeart @leeartAugust 2019

What a lovely walk that was. Congrats for the ocd nomination 👍👍


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Appreciate the visit and support @leeart it is fun to share, an honour to be recognized.


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