Kogelberg

A delicate pincushion, leucospermum caligerum, growing alongside the Palmiet River

A delicate pincushion, leucospermum caligerum, growing alongside the Palmiet River

On Boxing Day, a friend and I headed out beyond Hangklip (which needs to be climbed, I realise) to the Kogelberg Nature Reserve to run and walk a 24km circuit, which was lovely, though more trees here and there would have been welcome; great pools in the Palmiet River, though, long and deep enough for serious training should one be thus inclined; and so many flowers I’ve not previously seen outside of Kirstenbosch.

. . . oh crap, WordPress have broken their dashboard (and I see, the css for galleries is dodgy too) and I can’t see what I’m typing properly, in Safari. Okay, mostly everything does still work in the html view. . .

With substantial breaks for at least two swims, it took us five and a half hours. A long, slow sustained climb at the start, but frustratingly, there were no obvious ways to ascend any of the peaks. The reserve map provided is woeful, showing no topography and is an invitation to get lost. I’m still not sure whether we followed the ‘proper route’ or not, though that’s of purely academic interest.

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I am an environmental writer, journalist and speaker living in Cape Town, South Africa.
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