Fort Nottingham
Exploratory Hike
25 March 2012

Comments & Photos courtesy of Keith Ashton

As you all know we are keen & have been looking to add new hike venues for the club, so Dave Sclanders decided to investigate & explore the areas around Fort Nottingham as it is many years since we have done hikes in this area.

After Dave's recent contact with Fort Nottingham & investigations, it was decided to do a recce of the area, which we did on Sunday 25 March. We were joined by other keen committee members & leaders so our small group consisted of Dave Sclanders (leader), John Fourie, Christie Exall, Brigitta Simpson & Margaret & Keith Ashton.

After a chat with local resident & owner of Els Amics (Roy Tabenor) we set off to explore the beautiful countryside high above the village. The views from the top ridge were outstanding & we were able to look down into the Kamberg area & beyond as well as aerial views of Fort Nottingham & surrounding country side.

We had a relaxing lunch near the beacon before searching for & finding a different way down to the village following which we visited the very interesting museum (full of history & artefacts from Madagascar) - the museum housed in the old "Fort Nottingham' circa 1856.

Then it was back to see Roy Tabenor & his Els Amics Restaurant (now only open for lunches on Sat & Sun & special occasions) for drinks & a discussion of our hike.

I opted for a very welcome quart of Windoek Draft but others could not resist Roy's cassata which looked & tasted delicious - it should be noted that Roy is dedicated to the village & to conservation of the area.

Included here are some photographs of our hike & to whet your appetite for joining Dave when he leads a hike in the area for the club.

A view towards Kamberg - Kamberg Mountain & The Pimple clearly seen in the middle

Our group striding out towards "The Beacon"

Enjoying a rest & lunch near "The Beacon"

Looking down to the village from a vantage point

On our approach back to the village some cows wanted to join us - Roy has his own herd of cows in the area

Entrance to Fort Nottingham Museum (the Old Fort)

The sign speaks for itself

John says "take that" Christie & behave yourself. - The "Vice" Chairman has spoken

Brigitta (our Newsletter Editor) still manages to pose seductively after the hike (One of our Calendar Girls)

Now this is the way to end a hike - Christie, Dave, Margaret & Brigitta (Keith behind camera & John looking for other "Vices"

Who could resist this cassata after a hike - well done Roy.

Dave's altered decoration of his cassata so it did not get mixed up with the others