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Fairlady - - ON THE WILD SIDE -

• Book for a group of 12: it’s a lovely thing to do with a group of friends. • Each hut sleeps 12 and pro­vides warm wa­ter, mat­tresses, fire­wood, can­dles and so­lar-pow­ered lights, but you’ll need to bring your own bed­ding. • We were there in the first week of July and I loved the wild­ness of the weather, but ob­vi­ously high sum­mer would be mag­nif­i­cent too. • It’s a slack­pack­ing hike, so your box of good­ies (clothes, bed­ding, food, wine) is trans­ported to the next cot­tage for you. • All you need to carry is a day­pack. Be warned: they will not take ex­tra stuff; ev­ery­thing has to fit into your box. • The hike may be can­celled at the last minute or you may be pulled off it once you’ve al­ready started be­cause the Denel Over­berg Test Range oc­ca­sion­ally uses a sec­tion of the De Hoop Na­ture Re­serve for mis­sile test­ing. This is not a joke! I know peo­ple it’s hap­pened to.

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