On Saturday the 10th of February 2018, the First Sidwashini Scout Troop, based at Waterford Kamhlaba UWCSA, hiked up Sibebe Rock.
Elinor Lowry, who was leading the troops, says they set off early, and ate breakfast on the slopes, aft6er which they decided to take it slow, stopping frequently to enjoy the breathtaking views and to chat about what they saw. “There is so much to learn on an outing like this. We learnt a great deal about each other, appreciating the support given by some members, the jokes made by others, and the general knowledge shared by all twenty-three hikers. We got to know the new members who have just joined the troop this term, and they feel like part of the big happy family, now,” she says.
She said that the surroundings taught them a lot, as well. “We were accompanied by striking birds all along the route - the Paradise Wydah bird with his long tail and the tiny cisticolas with their sharp cheerful calls. We kept seeing rocks precariously balanced on each other - we felt we could just push them over, but they didn't budge! The new road made us aware of the problem of erosion on steep slopes, which was a useful lesson, and we also noticed quite a bit of litter, and filled several black plastic bags on our way down,” says Elinor.
N.B. Article courtesy of Mrs. Elinor Lowry