#3 WALKER BAY VISTA (GCNOPP) Rotary Way, Fernkloof Nature Reserve in Hermanus, South Africa
After spending most of our afternoon in scorching heat, searching for Harbour Charm (GCVB9Q), a multi-cache located at the new Hermanus harbour, just to realise it has been muggled, we decided to attempt this one located on top of Rotary Way.
Following the contour path, we found the cache quickly, but also managed to attract the attention of a nearby swarm of flies. Unfortunately, not one of our favourite caches, and it has since been archived.
#2 WINE4GOOD (GC3327B) Sandbaai in the Overberg, South Africa
Our first own find, and nothing better than a cache in your home town! This was quite an easy one along the Sandbaai coastal path. We also did our first trade – in a bouncy ball; out a Holland porcelain shoe.
#1 REBIRTH OF A RIVER (GCV8BB) Simonskloof in the Nuy River Gorge, Montagu, South Africa
On the 11th of the 11th month of 2011, we set course for Simonskloof, near Montagu to embark on our second trip through the Nuy River Gorge – an adventure consisting of a short hike, then three separate abseils into the gorge, some boulder-hopping and then a breath-taking 80m swim through icy cold water to the overnight spot. The evening is spent laughing and bantering around a campfire, eating a delicious meal while sipping on a tin cup of much-deserved Robertson Red, before calling it a night and drifting off under open starlit skies. The next morning, you jump back in for a refreshing 80m return swim, followed by a day of hop, skip and jump over boulders galore, until you finally exit the gorge by climbing the 10 million stairs up the Keerom Dam wall.
Our second trip, rather unfortunately, happened to coincide with an unprecedented early summer return of winter. Snow on the surrounding mountains, freezing temperatures and pouring rain combined into a slippery wet, shivering cold near-death experience.
Luckily, every dark cloud has a silver lining and our bright and shiny moment happened when our guide, Jurgen, introduced us to a small container, neatly hidden under one of the 10 million steps leading up the dam wall. And the rest, as they say, is history…Visit Rebirth of a River at www.geocaching.com