27 August 2012 – De Bos Dam

#14 OH DAM (GC353PK)
De Bos Dam outflow in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley near Hermanus, South Africa

S34°22.316 E19°13.943

The Onrust River flows from its upper catchment area along the southern slopes of the Babilonstoring Mountains and northern slopes of the Kleinriver Mountains, through two valleys – the upper Attacquas Valley separated from the lower Hemel-en-Aarde Valley by the narrow Attacquas Kloof wherein which the De Bos Dam was constructed in 1976.  The river exits the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley between the Onrust Mountains and Olifantsberg, from where it enters the narrow coastal plain, before finally flowing into the Onrus Lagoon which opens into the Atlantic Ocean.

The De Bos Dam functions as Hermanus’s main water supply, its levels dipping to near empty in 2011 following consecutive low-rainfall winters, but reaching capacity again after an long-overdue, wet rainfall season in 2012.

Brunette Suikerbos decided to kidnap over-worked Blonde Suikerbos for a cup-a-java on the dam wall, before setting course into the kloof and along the contour path following the outflow of the Onrust River – a short, but beautiful hike and well deserving of a favourite point.

Visit Oh Dam at www.geocaching.com

This was Day 2 of 30 consecutive caching days.

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