The beauty of camping at Glen Reenen is that there is a general dealer store run by the friendly Sanparks staff so we buy our foodstuffs as we need it. We also enjoy hiking in the mountains.
On Sunday at 8.30am, we started out on a climb to Wodehouse Peak (2438 meters/7998 feet). First you continue along a short 45 minute walk to the bottom of Brandwag (Sentinal) Buttress. (See photo below) Then with the help of a chain, you clamber up the side of the buttress to the top. Once you're up there, you walk as close to the edge as you dare and photograph the camp below (Well, that's what I do, anyway!)
The imposing Brandwag (Sentinel) Buttress which guards the entrance to Glen Reenen Rest Camp
Grant standing on the edge of Brandwag Buttresss overlooking Glen Reenen Rest Camp
The campsite, Sanparks offices, accommodation and general dealer photogtaphed from Brandwag Buttress
The round rocky outcrop visible just above Grant's arm, is called Mushroom Rock (for obvious reasons). Once we reached the top of Wodehouse, we would carry on and down over this rock eventually meeting up with the road below. The entire route is semi-circular.
Grant waits up at the top while I take the photo...
Wodehouse Peak (2438m/7998ft)
We gingerly slid across and down the large, flat expanses of wet rock, clutching onto grass tuffts and tough mountain shrubs for safety. The above photo doesn't do justice to the steep downhill traverse we made but muddy moss stains on the seats of our shorts shows how difficult the route was... Eventually we were down and crossing the river. We had to walk back to the campsite, which lay one kilometer ahead, along the main road. It was with no small relief that we stepped onto the tarmac.
Grant strides ahead to the campsite. (Brandwag Buttress, where we started the climb, is visible in the photo). Being Easter Sunday, there was plenty of traffic on the road. My husband was not impressed when I suggested we hitch a ride back to camp with one of the vehicles (lol!)
A welcome cup of tea in the campsite
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