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Sentinel Car Park to Cathedral Peak - Northern Berg Escarpment Traverse
Sabine wrote: We hiked up Rwanqa last weekend and went down Ntonjelana and there were so many sheep, it was incredible. I didn't take note of the number of groups though, or the number of sheep for that matter.
We are doing Sentinel to Cathedral Peak over Easter. Will count the number of groups and guess the number of sheep.
Thanks Sabine. Is this sheep presence a new thing? It has been a while since I was in Ifidi. I was very surprised but perhaps the numbers have crept up over the years. Sheep are good at cold temperatures which means they probably stick around in the winter months too. Unless the shepherds can't take the cold. I'm hoping the first snow fall means they clear off.
No, the sheep are not a new thing. However, I have noticed a lot more sheep on the hike in February and in March. The shepherds stay until the first snow and then they disappear together with their sheep. You will hardly find anyone herding sheep up there in midwinter.
Will let you know what I see over the Easter weekend
we are a group of 8 doing the mini traverse at end of April. I have not hiked that region before, just want to get info on the safest spot to camp on the first night. starting out from sentinel car park in the morning. seems like near Ifidi pass would be OK? we do have tents.
Here we are above the clouds with Cathedral Peak and the Bell sticking out in the background
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I use Odendal Bus tours from Harrismith. I have used them extensively and am doing the mini traverse next month with them again. I leave my car at their premises and they take us to the Sentinel and pick us up again at Cathedral Peak afterwards.
PM me if you want more detail