Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Alexandria Hiking Trail

My first overnight hike! 35km of beautiful though hectic inclines. However gruelling it may have been, it was so resting for the soul.

We started out in the outskirts of Addo Elephant Park (forest), walked to the coast, along the shoreline, and through the thickets to our secluded cabin where we stayed the night. It was such a warm lovely night that we moved all the mattresses out onto the deck so we could sleep below the stars. We were up and gone again the next morning by 6.30 walking through the thicket once more to reach the biggest sand dunes in South Africa (felt like you were walking on a treadmill - one step up, three steps down), after roughly 4kms we entered forest once more and headed back to our starting point. What a stunning journey!

I didn't know many people in our group, only Bridgette, and was the only first year among them: they were all masters students. But wow they were lovely people and couldn't have asked for better company.

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