Approaching the ‘Rabbits Ears’

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Rabbit Ears

  • Distance 20.12 km
  • Time 5 h 1 min
  • Speed 4.0 km/h
  • Min altitude 249 m
  • Peak 924 m
  • Climb 864 m
  • Descent 865 m
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September 21, 2017
We call this Rabbit ears due to the rock formations at the col. We had seen a zig zag path up to a Coll when walking on the far side of he valley and decided to explore. The day we chose was a perfect early January day – slight cloud to keep the temperature down and light winds.

Had a brisk hike to our first coffee and rusk stop at an old bridge crossing. Perfect for a paddle!

Mike at our first coffee stop

Easy walking on old logging trails to the start of the climb (at the junction of another bridge). The path was overgrown here for a short distance with waist high ferns. Easy to get through but Mike surprised a Cape Cobra which reared at him before slithering into the undergrowth. Path improved and we crossed a river (look for colored ties showing the way) perfect for a dip on our return. This was our last water supply.

The path now started to climb steadily, about half way up we found a large shady rock ledge where we had breakfast. After this point the trail ascended more steeply but was very well maintained. Loved the rock formations when we reached the saddle overlooking the Theewaterskloof Dam (sadly very empty). The trail then went right to a minor summit which we have not yet been able to identify

We retraced our footsteps, me dreaming about having more time up high to bushwhack and explore the ridge line – maybe one day.

Please click on play for a slideshow of our photos from the hike