MHC - Roman Baths, Kamberg Nature Reserve, Central uKhahlamba Drakensberg, 2 August 2002

Report and photos by Dave Sclanders

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It was time to get back into the mountains after a long stay away. A trip to Roman Baths at Kamberg was quickly arranged, and on the due date and time the hikers met at Kamberg to do the required paper work, take temperatures etc, etc before heading to the start point of our walk.

The walk is an easy to the very lovely Roman Baths, and it was clear that a number of other folk had the same idea, as there were 2 separate parties well ahead of us. This area used to be farmlands many years ago, and the old farm track lead us all the way to the river crossing. Time was taken to enjoy the beautiful blue sky, a fresh breeze the scenery and hear some tales about this part of the berg. The river crossing was easily done - in summer this river can become a very treacherous, fast running dangerous place and crossing should not be attempted. One of the drawbacks of getting to Roman Baths is that unless one knows the area very well, the only way to get to the baths is to cross the river and get to the waterfall from the left bank ( NB - face down stream and the left and right banks are as you face down stream . Getting to the baths from the right bank is very difficult unless you know the way. There is no path from the road through the rolling foothills and valleys to the path that drops you into the river)



Once across the river, a little pull up and around a nearby high place leaves the heart a bit racy but one can soon see the waterfall and swimming baths below. It is a short walk down to the rock surface at the pools.



The rocks give plenty of room for a good day at the pool, to sunbathe rest and take a cool dip or a refereshing foot and ankle hill. With a lazy lunch over, it was time to head back to the cars.



There is a good animal path up the steep right hand bank that leads out of the steep river bank to the flat lands. Then the path disappears and one has to make ones own way back to the road through some rough country. Once on the road it is an easy walk home. A bit later, rounding a corner one can see the famous Kamberg Mountain in the distance, and as one nears the cars Kamberg's well known form stands out very sharply.



A very pleasant day, spent at a very pleasant spot.

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FOR THOSE VENTURING INTO THE BERG, OR FARMING AREAS BEWARE OF GRASS FIRES. KEEP A VIGIL ALL AROUND AND IF SMOKE IS SEEN, HAVE SOME PLAN TO STAY SAFE.
Don't play with matches or fires in any grassy situation.
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