At the beginning of the trail the soils are derived from the sandstones which underlie the basalt cap of the Drakensberg. The first plant of interest was Brownleea galpinii, an orchid species which mimics Scabiosa columbaria in order to attract pollinators.
|Scabiosa columbaria - the species being mimicked by the Brownleea|
It was not long before we came across the rare Drakensberg endemic species Crocosmia pearsii with its bright orange trumpet-shaped flowers.
|Nerine bowdenii subsp. wellsii|
|Kniphofia cf. breviflora|
The sunrise on the Amphitheatre mountains the next morning was spectacular! It is almost worth staying at the lodge just to see these sunrises.
|Sunrise on the Eastern Butress|
Participants: 4x Pondoland CREW plus Elsa Pooley and a small remnant of the CREW Workshop delegates.