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I have been unforgivably inactive since my hike in December. Although I have been on a few early morning walks, so far, in 2013, I have not been on a Sunday hike. So, last Sunday I decided to look for an old trail here in the mountain which I have been told about. It was easy to find.

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This old track is at least 100 years old and has not been used for many decades. In early days it was used to give access to the top of the mountain where rooibos (red bush) tea is cultivated, but this particularly difficult part was later bypassed with the present-day track.

The old track, overgrown and washed away

The old track, overgrown and washed away

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Where the old track joins the present-day track

Where the old track joins the present-day track

Caracal trap at the end of the old track

Caracal trap at the end of the old track

A pleasant surprise was awaiting me…

On my way back down the mountain, I suddenly heard a light galloping sound. It sounded as if it was coming from the slope of the ridge that I was walking on. But I couldn’t see anything due to the curve of the ridge. I stood still and listened. The galloping came closer and suddenly the head of a Klipspringer (‘rock jumper’) antelope appeared over the ridge; it was heading towards me! Then another appeared, and another!

I froze in an awkward position and switched on my camera as they came closer. The wind was blowing in my direction, so they couldn’t pick up my scent. I suspect that the camouflage clothing I was wearing made it difficult for them to see me clearly. They were obviously aware of my presence, but they came to within about 12 metres of me. I took some photographs, then switched the camera to video and recorded them for several minutes, until they decided to move along. Unfortunately, my little Canon PowerShot A2300 only has a 5 x optical zoom, so I couldn’t bring them closer in the pictures.

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Klipspringers

Needless to say, they made my day! You can watch the video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOJLxmtMTSE

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