Waiting for the last walkers to arrive
The first view we had of Cathkin Peak and Champagne Castle as we walked up to the house
Walking up the rough track to Paul and Ricky's home
Gathering at the house before Paul takes us on a hike...
...through indigenous forests...
...past many beautiful waterfalls...
...under cool cliff overhangs...
...and up steep mountain paths
Lynette and I always take photos. Because we're behind our cameras, I take photos of her and she takes photos of me - normally taking photos!
Some places we had to negotiate ladders to get to the next level
At a point near our tea spot, Paul's Great Dane, Hector came back to see where we, the second and slower group, were
Tea in a clearing ...
...under another magnificent waterfall
Making our way down the mountain through another indigenous forest
A wooden mushroom growing out of a tree trunk
Above us was the Sphinx, a landmark on another trail up this mountain
My friend, Jenny loves it when we get out onto open paths - she can then admire the view, she says
Natal bottlebrush already showing early blooms
Then it was the steep descent back to our hosts' home (just visible in the valley)
Back at the house, Ricky had laid on tea, coffee and her trademark milk tart. What a wonderful treat for hungry hikers.
Ricky and Paul with Hector
Some of the ladies resting on the patio
Alan (88) - closest and Anthony (77) with braces - our two oldest hikers - always an inspiration to us
Hector enjoys the rest with Dave
Hector and Sheba (the female Great Dane) accompanied us on the hike. More about these two dogs later
We enjoyed a 6km round hike which took us just under four hours with a tea stop and the delicious fare Ricky provided at the end.
** Meaning of Ikhayalamafu is House in the clouds