ALBERT FALLS DAM HIKE
27 January 2002
Despite some confusion as to where this hike should commence, all walkers finally arrived at the main gate to Msinsi Reserves, Albert Falls Dam. Having completed the formalities the vehicles trundled down to a shady spot alongside the water suitable for parking and braaing. It should be drawn to the attention of our members that should they qualify for Pensioner rates, please take your pensioner card with you when going to this reserve, it will save some argument at the gate. Pensioners receive a 50% discount on the entrance fee.
Socks and boots on, vehicles locked and all set, Warwick and Brenda, Keith and Margaret, Morris and Noel, Des and Jenny lead by Graham and Grethe set off along the road for approximately 500 metres before turning right through the bush on to the Nyoni Trail. The initial part of the trail is extremely overgrown and a panga would have been a useful implement to assist in beating our way through the undergrowth.
Hikers were treated to sightings of herds of Impala and Wildebeest and once out on the grasslands an even bigger treat was in company of a herd of Impala the sighting of a Springbok which gave a display of pronking much to the delight of all. Over on the side of a hill under the shade of trees stood a Blesbok and several Inyala.
A short water break was taken at the Hide but the game obviously found the grass elsewhere sweeter while the birds were kipping through the heat of the day, because not too much activity was seen from there. It was nonetheless a pleasant break.
Having traversed the grassland the route back to the vehicles was mainly along the road due to the thick undergrowth on the final stretch.
Once back boots removed, chairs out and everyone settled with a welcome cold drink, Graham and Keith busied themselves setting up the braais. The weather although overcast was warm and humid and lunching under the shade of the trees was ideal. On the water rookie skiers and tube riders caused the bank audience much amusement with their antics, while in the reeds along the water’s edge the Red Bishops flashed their beautiful colours.
Graham and Grethe ended the day with a cycle ride of approximately 17 km from the Main Gate to the end of the road and back during which they saw a herd of ten Giraffe. What a treat!
Thank you Graham for a most enjoyable day’s outing.