Jonkershoek is a haven for outdoor junkies whether your fix is birding, botanising, mounting biking or hiking. It is no surprise that even with a forecast of rain on Saturday the 2nd of June, Bantu Hikers were willing to trust that the odds were in their favour… and they were. The heavens paused for the duration of the hike and released their load once we were driving out of the reserve.
Winter in the Western Cape is a funny season in that the temperatures favour hiking activities but the rain can counter that. With our luck, we could take advantage of the benefits of rain without having to walk in it. We were spoilt for choice with several waterfalls to view some impressive perennial and seasonal ones. Flowing streams, rivers and waterfalls gave us an opportunity to play a little by getting our feet wet or skipping stones while holding onto each other.
The trail is easy and pleasant with a few areas that work the legs and pump the lungs, breaking the stroll into a workout. You have to work a little for perfect sighting of the main waterfall on the trail. The energy was incredibly jovial given that each one of us needed supernatural will to get up early on a Saturday winter morning with the prospect of rain and a muddy hiking affair. Laughs were shared, snaps were taken, posing like we are on nature shoots took place.
The bonding continued after the hike at Lanzerac Wine Estate over a light lunch and some wine tasting. More intimate conversations held our attention, sharing our experiences, successes and journey on how we reached our goals. We say it again, the wealth of Bantu Hikers is the human element. We are always inspired by each other. What better way than to remind each other of this while enjoying our natural heritage.
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Next Hike, we occupy the southern suburbs, Newlands Forest on the 28th of July 2018. See you there!
Jonkershoek Nature Reserve: The Tweede Waterval trail is 5km away from the reserve gate so account for the driving time when planning.
If you decide to pair the hike with a wine tasting after the hike, Lanzerac is a great place for this. They accommodate small and big groups. A plus is that you can have a meal with the wine tasting. The service is lovely especially if you are assisted by Lucrecia and guided through the wine by a charismatic and informed expert like Lukhanyo from PYDA, he was superb. Ask for his assistance next time you are there, you won’t be disappointed.
Image credits: Tiisetso Morobi, Sizo Sibanda and Mpho Sekwele