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An overnight hike in between cold fronts

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Distance from Cape Town: 1 hour

It was Friday lunch time, no plans for the weekend and the weather looked good. The last couple of weekends were spent in the comfort of home while the winter weather rolled through. No more sitting in front of the fire, listening to the rain. This weekend's weather seemed perfect for a quick overnight hike. No clouds in the forecast, so crisp but great for watching stars from your warm down sleeping bag.

For most, a lastminute decision like this leads to an increased heartrate but the reason for it can fall into 2 categories. Either it leads to stress due to the lack of planning and the unknown of what lies ahead or it leads to excitement knowing that from great risk comes great reward. Ideally it should be a bit of both as not all great adventures are planned to perfection but all great adventures lead to excitement. Our lastminute decision paid off. A fairly cold night was crowned by a beautiful sunrise the next morning. The colours were mesmerizing and after the third coffee it was time to explore. Luckily there was no rush to get back home. The rugby was only in the afternoon. What a trip. What an adventure. We made a note to do this more often.

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Hiking to a Hidden Gem

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Hidden cave in your back garden

Distance from you: go and find out

There is nothing like exploring your own "backyard" and coming across a hidden gem. Be it the most amazing waterfall you only see in movies or a colossal cave you dreamed about as a child. It is out there, waiting to be discovered. The reward is great and the effort, most of the time, very little. You just have to go and explore.

The photos below is of such an adventure. We had heard about this cave but was not sure where exactly it is or how much effort and "head for heights" it would take. We had to go with the little information that was available and find it. And what a find it was. It is a huge cave with lots of space and the most amazing views and it is next to a beautiful waterfall. Best time of the year to go is in winter as the waterfall makes you think you are sleeping next to the ocean (and drowns out any snoring from fellow hikers).

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