18 December 2017
On Monday 18 December 2017, we woke up at 5am to leave for our first early morning hike. On the way to our destination, we saw the spectacular sunrise coming through the clouds far behind the mountains. We haven’t seen a sunrise for a while as we are usually late sleepers. To be on the road so early was tiring yet very exciting. We saw men in suits driving to work and lots of elderly men and women cycling and jogging. Max only spotted about 5 motorbikes.
We were on the road for about 40 minutes and we first decided to go to the Elephant’s Eye cave but when we got there, the gate was unfortunately closed so we changed our minds and ended up heading towards Echo Valley. As we turned around, Max saw a Jackal Buzzard and we tried to get up close for some photos but the buzzard flew away each time so we ended up taking a video.
A man and his camera was in sight and we politely asked if he could send us the pictures he took so that we could add it to our blog. Thank you sir!
When we arrived at Echo Valley, we let the dogs out of the car and offered them something to eat and drink but they were too excited and were pulling us towards the mountains.
We hiked a short while up and let them go.
We followed the Echo Caves trail and whenever the dogs came close to the little stream coming down the mountain, they went straight into it for some licks and a dip.
I was really happy that Max brought us to this beautiful valley as every corner was just breath taking.
We decided to rest at what we thought was a small cave at the top of one of the hills and the climb up was quite something. Octavia fell into a bush on her way up and Luna was scared to come back down. She doesn’t really like downhills. But when we got to the little mouth of the rocks, we were amazed at our view and we were comfy enough to stay for about 20 minutes.
Octavia was very pleased with herself when she got to the top and she sat on a little rock looking at her surrounds. We had something to drink and relaxed for a while until we decided it was time to head back down.
On the way down the mountains, Luna lay in the sand and water as much as she could. When we got back to the car she was sandy enough for us to make a sandbox at home.
We had a really good time at Echo Valley and when we got home, all 4 of us had a long afternoon nap. We would definitely recommend Echo Valley to anyone that comes to Cape Town and we will definitely be going there again!