The Bell Traverse

03 Feb 2020 17:04 #75671 by Andreas
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Hi guys.

Also planning on potentially doing the Bell traverse in the March school holidays and just want to find out where can we sleep over before the hike these days?

The last time we did it we camped at Didima the night before. Is that still an option or is that door closed now?

Was hoping to camp Didima and start CP hotel->up Camel-> Roland's first night. Over Cleft Peak, Twins Annex Second night. Bell Traverse->Orange Peel Gap-> CP hotel -> camp Didima again. 

Thanks.

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11 Feb 2020 11:00 #75688 by Sabine
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Hi Andreas,

Unfortunately Didima campsite has been closed for quite some time with no plans to open it again.

The closest to camp is Bergville caravan park.  Depending when you arrive at Cathedral, you could start the hike and camp in the lower berg before you ascend the Camel.

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11 Feb 2020 14:33 #75689 by Andreas
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Hi Sabine.

Thank you for the feedback, appreciate it.

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11 Feb 2020 21:01 #75690 by Drakie1
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Also look at ATKV Resort at Drakensville........ about 76 km from Cathedral Peak Hotel.
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14 Feb 2020 10:07 #75698 by Riaang
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Andreas,

Why not spend your first night in the mountains? We also used to camp at Didima, but since the campsite's closure, we always hike up and sleep somewhere on the lower berg. If you don't want to tent, why not consider Ribbon falls cave? We've often done the stretch from CPH to Ribbon falls in the dark, the path is clear and easy to follow and adds a bit of excitement to the hike. It definitely makes for an easier day 2 :-)

For doing the Bell traverse, we sleep over in Sherman's cave. Same reason as above. Yes, you might arrive a bit later at your sleep over location (say max 2 hours later), but then the next day is easier.

Enjoy!!!
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