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The Triplets in Jonkeshoek

beautiful view of Stellenbosch

It was one of the best hike I have ever done and my husband came with, which made it even more special!

We went with a group of experienced hikers and we met at 7.30 am at the gate. A permit must be paid to gain access to the Nature Reserve, which cost R40, not much considering the conservation efforts put on by the team of Cape Nature.

We had to drive for about 3 km on gravel rd to reach the first parking, where we left 2 cars for the return and we proceeded to the second parking where we started the hike from.

The weather was cloudy and the sun, hided behind the clouds, was coming out at various intervals. It was a perfect day for a long day hike!

It took us 9 hours to complete about 16km, walking on and off trail.

We were well equipped with map and compass, raincoat and enough tea and food for the day.

The first tea stop was at around 10.30am, where we found a wind free spot before taking the right direction and carry on with the path..

Tea stop

A field of Conebush from the Protea Family

It was so beautiful hiking in between colourful hills, smelling the delicate scent of daisies, proteas, ericas and much more.

Gladiolus angustus

The Gladiolus angustus belongs to the Iris family

The four sisters

I discovered that the Four sisters is an ericoid. The leaves are whorled in 3-4, often small needle-like.

Our Lunch break was at around 1.30pm, when we reached the second peak (1515m) of the Triplets and the view from the top of the mountain is unbelievable!

(The Hottentots-Holland mountains below)

Hottentots-Holland Mountains

Dramatic view of False Bay

False Bay

On the way back to the car we took another road, a circular route which is a bit longer but with different type of vegetation...

Moraea unguiculata, Wituintjie from the Iris family

...and amazing waterfalls

Waterfall

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