Report by Libby Deysel, photos supplied by Libby
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On joining the group we carried on along the ridge path to the picnic site and view point where we stopped for lunch. We could not see any animals in the valley, but had a clear view of Albert Falls Dam. After lunch the group split again as some members preferred to walk along the road, while the rest of the group returned along the ridge path and continued back along the Black Eagle Trail, stopping for a brief chat and water break at the cottage. We only had a glimpse of Blesbok as we returned to the cars as they had been grazing near the road.
Unfortunately I had no time to recce the route when I took over as leader of the hike in Umgeni Valley and was unsure of whether the times and distances given on the map were one way or not. Consequently, the hike was quite short. However, the group appeared to be satisfied with the distance covered and the fact that it was quite casual and not rushed.