Out and About…

On Saturday, 6 March 2021 our Conservation Leaders enjoyed their first hike of the year at Suikerbossie.

The Conservation Leaders loved the view and reconnecting with each other and with nature. However, being the first hike in a long time, Programme Coordinator, Justine Swartz, says it was evident what the effects of being at home and having limited time being out and about has had on our group. This led to a very informative and indepth discussion on fitness and the benefits of being consistent. “We also chatted about soil erosion and fire breaks, as the group noticed that the lack of vegetation left many areas loose and bare, causing erosion and making the hike more challenging. We all had to be a lot more careful and aware of unstable rocks. Chatting about the houses built on the mountain slopes, the learners also noted the fire breaks and discussed the dangers of fire outbreaks, especially in the hotter seasons”.

Justine also tells us, “It was a cool and cloudy day after the hot week, which made the hike very pleasant. When we got to the top of the mountain and stopped for lunch it started raining a bit. On our way down the sun was shining and it was so hot that we ended up going to the beach to cool down. For a first outdoor experience for the year it was a great hike, and very welcome beach visit”.