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Cedric’s Pool from the Bushman’s Neck Reserve Office.

Distance: 9 kms return. A comfortable walk to do with the family.

Altitude: 1,866

A popular pool only 4.5 km from Bushman’s Nek camp.

The pool is apparently named after Cedric Biggs, a leader of the Mountain Backpackers Club some years ago, who was known for plunging through the ice into the freezing pool. It’s also referred to as “Three pools” on some of the Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife maps and literature.

Purchase a day-hiker’s permit from the Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife office and fill in the mountain register. Walk west up the road to the border post. If you are just going for a day walk, you don’t need to carry a passport or to report to border control. Go through the boom gate and then along a short section of concrete driveway. Cross the river and walk a short distance to another river crossing point. Once on the other side, the trail follows the south side of the Ngwangwane River. The path is obvious but is not marked with sign boards.

Follow the path with the Ngwangwane River on your right. At 4 km’s you cross the river and turn to your right, after 500m walking towards the river (on your right) you will find Cedric’s Pool. The pool is a couple meters below the path level, walk down the path to the pool.

The pool has a spectacular setting at the base of a waterfall beneath the steep escarpment. Although inviting, the pool is deep and usually cold. The flowers in the area are very pretty and the valley is particularly beautiful in spring, so even if you can’t face a dip, it’s a lovely day out.

Return the same way