At the border post in Caledonspoort, LS, I stopped with the injunction of official who required my passport on which he applied the seal of exit of Lesotho; I was not gotten out of my car.
After the bridge over the river, natural border between the two countries, I left the car on the road to go to the counter to present my passport to obtain the stamp of entry South Africa, neither customs control nor of the carnet de passage en douane.
Approximately 40 kilometers further on I stopped in Clarens to fill the tank with diesel fuel and food as well to publishing the pages of my website. I carried on my way to Glen Reenen Rest Camp in the Golden Gate NP to bivouac.
Back to South Africa I was again confronted with the problem of the blue socket which replaces in the camp-sites the traditional socket of South Africa. Information taken with the staff of the camp-site I went to Bethlehem bought a compatible extension taken blue socket, traditional socket, with the French socket. One to employ of Solomons Mica made with kindness this extension. Admittedly some camp-sites, seldom, have the two types of sockets. I had made 110 km return from the camp-site to Bethlehem.
The GPS road tracklog
from Glen Reenen Rest Camp to Wagendrift Campsite
from 2018/10/23 to 2018/10/27
Tuesday, October 23 was the first of the seven incursions into Drakensberg. The path of discovery is considered difficult, I abstained from practicing it though altitude at the beginning of the camp-site is only of 1421 meters.
Wednesday, October 24 on the way to Cathedral Peak I stopped lengthily in Bergville to consult my e-mail box, to publish the already written pages of my website and to make a French press review. While arriving at the entrance of park of Cathedral Peak I learned that the camp-site was closed! I decided to carry on my way up to the next stage: Monk's Cowl where I arrived around 13:00. The receptionist presented me the day walks in the park. I decided to remain two nights to do one of them. The bivouac is at 1482 meters of altitude.
|Bivouac at Monk's Cowl|
The day walk of the Sphinx is announced as 4 km return in +/- 3 Hours. The GPS Garmin etrex Legend HCx gives 5.10 km which I carried out in nearly 4 hours, stops photographs and snack understood. The rise was painful and the very painful return. I can say that it is my last hiking.
Friday, October 26 I left Monk's Cowl to go to Injisuthi Campsite. Around 5:45 a.m. I photographed the Sphinx lit by the low-angled light of the rising sun.On the way I stopped at the Loskop village to use the Wi-Fi connection which proved of good quality. The road up to Injisuthi is partially a gravel road or a tarred road with many pot-holes. It traverses a sumptuous valley with for horizon the wall of Drakenberg.
Saturday, October 27 I traversed the road up to Giant's Castle, subjugated by the comments of Lonely-Planet. I knew that there was no camp-ground on the site, but finally I went there! The landscape does not have anything of bluffing. The site is known for its hiking and,… its country cottages for white South-Africans. I went my way to approach Jo' burg. I stopped shortly after Estcourt in Wagendrift Camping at the edge of the artificial lake.
Sunday, October 28 was a long driving day to approach Jo' burg in the North-East of Drakensberg between 1500 and 1760 meters of altitude to finish in Parys with 1383 meters of altitude, given by GPS. After Drakensberg the plateau around the 1400 meters is a whole either of pasture or of food crop using as in Australia a watering by long automobile gantries around a fixed point of water supply. In Parys neither camp-ground nor wild camp prohibited by decree by the municipality. I spent the night in Egweni River Lodge.