We met up with our fellow hikers – three couples from Germany who fortunately all spoke very good English. We set off on the day’s hike and saw a pod of dolphins almost as soon as we started (video to follow!). We walked across three suspension bridges (for once, I took my eyes off the beautiful ocean and concentrated on putting one wobbly foot in front of the other). Once we had made the crossing, a long, steep ascent followed. It was hot and this part of the hike was the most challenging. We were rewarded by “high tea` which was served in china cups! These had been drive up to the top – our two African guides had carried water etc. For the trip – but obviously not all the tea cups!

The walk meandered through forests, where we were warned about deadly venomous snakes and ticks 

​Our guide removed all the visible ticks for us at the end of the forest stretch – for which I was very grateful. We also saw locusts, cockroaches, a millipede and a slug eating snake (not venomous!)

After a picnic lunch by the stunning coast line, we made another steep ascent through beautiful fynbos of pinchsuions, king protea (the SA national flower) and many varieties of ericas – as well as arum lilies. Very refreshing rose syrup and sparkling water mocktails awaited us on arrival at Misty Mountain Reserve. We were warned about closing all our windows and door tightly when we left the room in case of baboon invasion. Their beautiful peacock gave a stunning display to complete our evening.

Glad I packed … insect repellant!
Today’s highlight – tough competition between the dolphins and high tea

If you are looking for luxury guided hiking in South Africa, with your bags transported for you – look no further!

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