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2016-03-15 06:00
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IN these reports we will feature an item of interest in Krantzkloof Nature Reserve to show residents what an amazing place this is and how accessible it is for young and old.

This month we feature the Mpithi Falls trail which is the most popular short walk in the reserve. The trail does involve a climb to the top of the falls and a steep descent on an uneven/rocky ground.

Starting at the Kloof Falls picnic site cross Kloof Falls Road and head towards the conference centre. Once in the grounds of the Conference Centre walk straight ahead and look for the trail signs. The trail is fairly level at this stage as it enters the forest where it will be much cooler! Look out for Narina Trogons on this section. After about 400m you cross a bridge over the Molweni River and the trail starts climbing on a rocky path.

In this section look out for bushbuck which can often be seen in the early morning. Continue for another 300m until you reach a level grassland area. Here you get a good view of the surrounding area and the grassland is often full of beautiful flowers such as Watsonias (March and April). Continue on the path to a bridge at the very top of the Mpithi Falls – this is a spectacular view spot particularly when the river is flowing strongly.

After crossing the bridge the trail winds its way back into the forest where you arrive at a cliff which is often frequented by Rock Hyrax (dassies). The trail then winds down through the forest until you reach the bottom of the falls – again this is quite spectacular. From here follow the trail back to the picnic site keeping an eye out for possible sightings of Blue Duiker.

Total time: approximately one hour.

Level of fitness: modest. - Supplied.

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