So its only been a few days into the new year and I’m already feeling slightly more active and healthier than i was last year. During the heat wave in which Johannesburg is currently experiencing a few friends and i decided that heading off to Hennops for a 10 km hike would be a fantastic idea to get more active and explore.
I’ve only previously run 5 km runs and have done nothing more or less, whether it be a walk a run. I didn’t know what to think – yeah it will be easier because we just going to walk BUT of course it will be harder than what I’m used to because its longer which means more time in the sun and more time spent getting from point A to B (also that’s what the pamphlet said). So bright and early on a Sunday morning, we set off from Johannesburg and to a sneaky trip 30 km to Hennops. We stopped over for some snacks and petrol before finally embarking on the quiet roads.
Andrea and I drove, whilst Keanu, Dino, Bradley and Erin distributed themselves equally into each car. My car enjoyed some good (and weird) tunes and interesting sound effects made by me when I didn’t really know what was going on.
Paying a small fee of R70/pp we journeyed off to the Krokodilberg Route trail which was a walk which I had not expected. The average amplitude gain was 400 m. Our thighs cramped when we were climbing up and were relieved when we stopped at little pit stops in the shade. Many ankles rolled on rocks and only one human (Brad) almost rolled down the hill. Most of us hit our head on branches as we were too focused looking down to make sure we didnt slide down the mountain. It was majestically laid out and we made an effort to look at all the lookout areas in order to truly enjoy this hike. Lots of chatter made on the plateaus of the hike and quick silences was brought when the steepness increased.
There were signs with footprints in trees and on rocks, just to make sure we dont go wondering off somewhere. Some beautiful flowers were spotted and ah yes they just get me excited. We spotted the Hartebesstpoort dam and were warned about the snakes that we might see on the hike. We unfortunately didnt get to see a kudu or eland – but hey looks like we will have to come again to experience that but did add our stones and rocks to all the rock piles we walked past.
After an intense +- 3 hours hike, we ended it off with a cable car over a lake and I think that was the best part of it all. Don’t get me wrong I thoroughly enjoyed the hike but the sounds of water, gliding over it and just watching nature and friends around you kinda puts a smile on your face. With this kind of weather it was important that you keep hydrated and take breaks when you need to.
Hopefully this marks the 1/12 hikes for the year.