A small group of ten hikers arrived at the starting point just after 9AM. After early morning coffee at the restaurant …
…we took off over the hill and down the valley, passing unfortunately increasing signs of development along the way. Anders directed the group past a rose garden to a well hidden cave in which we discovered a small underground stream and saw several bats, while enduring an almost overpowering smell of guano.
A short distance from the cave we were treated to an unexpected bonus of a magnificent two metre cobra stretched out on a dry earth bank, presumably warming itself in the early morning sun. Surprisingly the beast did not seem perturbed by the presence of hikers but, unfortunately, proved camera shy; slithering off as the group official photographer arrived and started clicking.
At the small hamlet in the valley the inevitable solitary low growling dog cast a wary eye over our hiking group, refusing all food enticements and remaining unimpressed with our cobra story. From the village we meandered up through the fields and to the top of the ridge, where the vistas were somewhat haze restricted. Coming down a loop road we discovered a new dirt road leading down to the valley on the far side of the ridge, which will be investigated at a later date. We arrived back at the restaurant just before 1PM, giving a relatively short distance travelled of 7.6 kms in 3 hours and 14 minutes, and had an enjoyable lunch.
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