13-14th November 2010
Photos & Report courtesy of Brian Henwood
(Additional pics which follow the first set courtesy of Irene Wisdom)
What I like about the Didima camp site is not only the quality of the camp site facilities but also the variety of hiking options available.
Eleven of us camped at Didima over the 13/14 November weekend. It was a ‘bring-a-buddy’ weekend so Mark and Irene Wisdom, Sandy Miles, Christie Exall, Linda Bruss, John Fourie and I welcomed our new buddies Nelly and Rob Melis, Dave Hardman and Lisa Walls.
On Saturday Mark, Irene and I chose to ride up Mike’s Pass on our mountain bikes while the other 8 hikers chose to hitch a lift in a 4X4 vehicle. After a 7km scenic ascent to the car park the party re-grouped on the jeep track heading along the contour in the direction of the Cathedral Peak Hotel. The lunch break was at a picturesque spot at the upper reaches of the Ndumeni River before it tumbles into Rainbow Gorge. Looking up to the escarpment we could see Castle Buttress just north of Organ Pipes Pass.
The 14 km hike was not too strenuous but after the steep descent into the indigenous forest near Ribbon Falls the aching knees and sore toes were soon forgotten when ice cold refreshments were served on the lawns of the hotel.
In the meantime the mountain bikers had turned around and headed off back to the car park. I loaded my bike and drove down the pass while Mark and Irene rewarded themselves with a speedy descent to the camp site.
The Sunday morning hike was via the Didima Resort to Rainbow Gorge where we enjoyed a short rest and a swim in the river before returning to camp. All in all a rain-free, hassle-free and calmly energetic weekend.
NOTE THE NEW MIDLANDS HIKING CLUB BANNER PROUDLY DISPLAYED IN THE GROUP SHOT AT THE CAMPSITE!