The prospect of a pleasant day hike conveniently close to town against the backdrop of a striking blue winter sky is certainly worth considering to those who appreciate nature.
We were a group of 7 hikers who visited this familiar trail last Saturday with enough ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ along the way to indicate everyone’s surprise and satisfaction. The stone table not far from the halfway mark is very useful as a breakfast location; the stopover also allowing time to admire early morning contours and colours of the surrounding hills.
Furthermore, hiking in a game park with a chance to see wild animals remains special. The current drought in the country certainly has its impact but we still saw small herds of zebra and wildebeest as well as a few baboons frolicking in a tree.
Retha van der Schyf: ‘At least in my book, satisfaction is the feeling you have after a long hike where you had the time to reconnect with nature, good friends and with yourself. Stok-en-Hoed makes access to such experiences easy. Marius caters to all levels of hikers with a magic mix of experience, gentle pace-setting, good humour and a top class breakfast. I can highly recommend finding your feet in nature with Stok-en-Hoed! See you in the veld soon.’
Emilie Iyambo: ‘Nothing beats starting your Saturday morning with the most beautiful sunrise, hiking on a trail with the occasional passing by of warthog, ostrich, wildebeest and of course, other avid hikers. The 9 km hiking trail at Daan Viljoen is wonderful, what I would call a walk in the park with a scenic route. Thank you Marius for also taking the time to teach us about the different plant and animal life found in the area.’