Compiled by Bart Fokkens (I’ve voted, have you?)
Doug, Sithembiso and I set off from Henley on another ideal cool day for hiking and exploring the Msunduze River. It starts off with a cup of coffee at the impressive old Henley dam wall and a glance at the map to see what lies ahead.
Is this how the water is treated for Pietermaritzburg? A bucket of HTH.
Did we get lost? Is that Nkandla in the background?
Wattle and Eucalyptus are plentiful in this section below Henley Dam.
Pom Pom tree, Dais cotinifolia always found along the midlands rivers in flower during the summer months.
Lots of river crossings today. The three of us: Squelchy (Doug), who waded through everything with his boots on. Wetfoot (Sithembiso) as he followed apprehensively , also with his boots on, and then myself Dryfoot (Bart), as I diligently took my boots off for the river crossings holding up the group every time. At the end of the day, with time pressing I eventually had to wade through the river and the three of us eventually squelched our way through Plessislaer to the DUCT offices at Campsdrift at 5 pm.
Waterfalls were a plenty today.
A concrete weir backed this water up, and an old pipeline ran from here up the hill on the right bank. (right and left bank are always defined by canoeists when facing downstream).
Swartkops mountain in the background with the Duzi cutting its way through the valley.
Erythrina latissima used as hedge plants around the homesteads grow easily from truncheons and provide welcoming shade in the hot summer months.
Homesteads close to the river but above the flood line.
A hole in the trunk of an old burnt out Eucalyptus.
The reality of the condition of the river and its’ banks.
Due to lack of municipal services, the valley population dump their rubbish down the river banks, for the river to carry it away. Where is the respect for our environment and each other, let alone the laws in our country?
A sorry looking Prickly Pear infested with biocontrol. Cochineal, a very effective biocontrol agent on this plant keeps it from spreading out of control.
Lower Edendale abounds with livestock, eating what they can to survive in this semi urban area.