The Birder Walk
Entering this hairpin bend notice the unique array of plants, compare this with the surrounding vegetation. The larger and greener growth form is evidence that water in these water-scarce surrounds, is essential to its survival. Looking at the little pool one realize just how important the mountain catchment areas are to Clarens and the rest of the Eastern Free State, especially during winter!
We planted many indigenous trees, bushes, and saplings last season to mitigate erosion. We also sowed some grass seed, cleared alien invaders to ensure that our conservation area remains ecologically stable.
Then there is the overhang. At closer inspection of the sandstone, you will see iron mottles of variable size.These indicate the presence of seasonal wetland conditions that existed under an ancient climate where water fluctuation caused the drying and leaching of soils respectively. It is a testament to the prehistoric remains of a forgotten era. Look at the sandstone underfoot. See the scars in the rock-face? These are not freak erosion patterns. It was formed by lichens which secrete biological acids into the substrate which then dissolves, hence the nickname, rock-eating plants!
MALUTI VIEW TRAIL
(700 M/15 MIN)
This trail is perfect for a late afternoon stroll and overlooks the Maluti Mountain Range. It is the ideal vantage point to watch the sunset and offers a great view of Phahameng and Kanana. Turn right into Scilla Walk following the green marker or continue straight on the upper branch of Scilla Walk.
(2.2 km/2 hours)
This trail connects the Scilla Walk with the lovely Kloof Dam and hosts a myriad of flowering plants in the warmer months.
Follow directions as for the Kloof Dam Trail. Continue straight past the
From the square follow the directions as for the Kloof Dam Trail. Turn right at the
“Take nothing but memories, leave nothing but footprints.” Chief Seattle