19 July 2009

Silvermine: Steenberg Plateau

Date: 19 July 2009

Location: Silvermine Nature Reserve, off Ou Kaapse Weg

Walkers: Claudia, Richard, Michele, Dorothy, Brenda, John, Helen and dogs Daisy and Coco

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Another sunny day! We set off from the parking area at the entrance gate, heading south (same direction as for the Old Wagon Road walk that Claudia and I did recently).

We passed the turn-off for the Silvermine River walk, and a little further on, took a small path to our right. This path headed up to the Steenberg Plateau, a gentle climb through the fynbos.

Up top there were wonderful rocks, and a pretty pink Erica in flower.

We got a great view back to Higher Steenberg Peak. We could also see Bokkop, and the Silvermine East across the valley.

Amongst the restios and leucodendrons we saw several interesting plants.

Once over the rise we could see across to Constantiaberg.

We joined the road and made our way down to the dam, and enjoyed a delicious picnic near the water, in the warm winter sunshine.

To get back we followed the River Walk down. There was so much more water than last time we walked here!

Once we were through the forest, the valley opened up before us. Aaah, I love this view! We made our way back down to our waiting cars.

On the path back we could smell the sweet scent of the Keurboom, just coming into flower.

(Photos by Helen and Michele)

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