Before continuing with this post, I wish to apologise to non-South Africans and South Africans who do not know the places that I mention, and perhaps do not know how to pronounce the names. If anyone out there is interested, please let me know. I’ll send you coordinates as well as MP3s with the Afrikaans pronunciations.

I have now made a final decision on the route that I plan to follow on my planned hike in December. The idea had been that my wife, Lana would drop me off at the Gifberg Holiday Farm. However, she is not a very confident driver, and she has qualms about negotiating the Ouberg Pass, let alone the Gifberg Pass. So, to make it easier for her and to eliminate concern for her safety on my part, I decided that she would drop me off at the waterfall. There is a footpath leading to the top of the fall, from where I would make my way down to the Doring River via Gifberg.

The first part of this proposed route, from the top of the waterfall, is unknown territory for me, so I have no idea of the actual distance involved. The best I can do is to plot a route on the map, based on minimum gradient, and to examine satellite images, which show that there are several ravines in the way of a straight-line route from the waterfall to the Gifberg. This means that I may be forced to make several detours if the ravines cannot be crossed easily. If necessary, I may have to camp somewhere on the first night before reaching the Doring River, if the distance turns out to be more than expected. The idea is to try and limit my daily distance to 15 km or 20 km maximum.

The total distance of the hike is about 100 km.