Im most certainly going to push for an overnight at the Arch on our next visit in the flower season. You have inspired us with your images too. Hopefully next time we go, there will be less clouds for us to do some night photopraphy of the stars too.
Herewith their version of this hiking trail...
Hi there once again.
Well, I don't know where to begin!
We arrived at Cederberg Oasis on Friday afternoon after a stop at Sanddrif to collect our permits for the Wolfberg and Stadsaal.
Stadsaal is amazing and a great into into weathered rock formations but the best was yet to come!
The hike to the Cracks and Arch went well though our backpacks presented a bit of a problem getting through narrow spaces but we made it. What an adventure! At the top of the cracks we debated whether to camp there in the soft sand and hike to the arch in the morning but eventually headed off to the arch arriving at around 3 pm when all the day hikers had long gone.
Our evening at the Arch was amazing - there had been quite a lot of rain and the night was cool. Both the sunset and sunrise was unlike anything ever experienced, the plateau below the arch was grey in the early light and both Gareth and I agreed it had a sort of Martian vibe - almost sci fi and alien.
I think of all the places on earth that have had an impact on me, this must be one of the top 3.
At sunrise Gareth scampered below to take pics and I wrapped myself in my sleeping bag and watched the dawn. The memories will never fade. I almost backed out of number 3 crack and I would have missed out on so much! Thanks for all your help and advice !!
Thank you so so much
Well done to Ingrid and Gareth for surviving a night out in the cold on the alient planet called Earth :)