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CATA - a Slice of Heaven on Earth
« on: February 10, 2014, 07:04:05 pm »
Let me preface this report by saying that - NONE of the photo's you will see posted can do this beautiful little Village and it's surrounds any justice!

Drazil posted a few weeks back about a little village hidden in the mountians of the old Ciskei, this captured my, and others Dogs' imagination and we wanted to see for ourselves, this jewel in the EC. You will see many pics of this weekend and in none will you find an unhappy face, pensive, contemplative and with this bunch of cards, smiling and laughing (lots of) but not one unhappy.

John, thank you for an amazing find and organising a great weekend and Melinda, how you put up with him is a miracle  :lol8:  thanks you two  :thumleft:

Each will have something to say and add to the tale, of which there were a few interesting ones - Crab? We should have had a prize for the longest ride to the village  8) I will leave them to tell their stories.


Ant, TigersM8 (Des) and I could only get away on Saturday morning, due to Ant and Des having work commitments on Friday. We had typical PE windy Friday night and the thought of having to ride in gusting galeforce winds in the morning kept me sleeping lightly, but Saturday morning a bit of overcast and no real wind and all was right with the world. We slabbed it through to Grahamstown for breakfast and then on to Fort Beaufort for fuel, hoping to get to the campsite in time for the proposed hike to the Waterfalls - But our road was to be a wandering and sight seeing ride once we turned onto the dirt.

It is amazing  how from the main road that the countryside can seem so mundane, but turn onto a dirt road and life unfolds in a way that takes your breath away.
Turning off to Sandile Dam was like a Hobbits tale of travel - it started with the first step..........................and just got better the more we rode. We met snorting Ogre's on the one stop on the way to the dam, turned out to be a herd of inquisitive goats in the bush, but in my mind still, an image of an Ogre sounded better, more adventurous, more Tolkien  ;)

At the Sandile Dam we met a few guy's from East London on their way to Cathcart for a Festival, one of the Guy's Isaak, had a  red, White and Blue Africa Twin with a camoflaged Fuel Tank, looked like a boulder in the grass, he had found some Camo coloured Duct Tape and decided to do his own version of a wrap - which looked quite cool actually, he was afraid he might lose his bike in the long grass so added a 50mm band of red Duct Tape to the bottom edge of the Tank  ;D

Our Adventure was to begin after leaving the Dam, as Mr Garmin, on which Ant had meticulously plotted the Route to Cata on, decided to take us on a (walk)-rideabout, going into the alleys and back gardens of local villages, after I asked one of the locals - still recovering from Friday nights party - which way to Cata, I had to turn back to call Ant. Ant wanted to see what was at the end of Mr G's rainbow, which lead us into..........you guested it NOWHERE, we turned around and as we left this path, I think it was named by Chris Rea, this Local gentleman proceeded to Kak me out "but I told you straight up the road to when you come to the bridge, over the bridge turn right, then follow that road around through the next village - Eish!"  :lol8: Des and I had a good laugh, what a character.

I could try and describe the area, but words would fail, I could try photo's but they would not impress, this is a must see in person kind off place. Green beyond what we in the Eastern Cape are used to, Lush like only the guy's in KZN would understand and an innocence which give you hope for our land. People make the trip worth it for me and Des and here there are gentle folk in abundance. The tranquility seeps into your soul and the thumping of a big twin seems like an unnecesary violence to nature and we try to ride in idle mode in respect to the people, animals, and nature. I think this is partly the reason for the travel time we endured.
If you are in a hurry or want to tear through the hillside because that is what yor machine is made for, please DON'T visit here, because you will miss the true experience of This Little Slice of Heaven on Earth.

All along this emerald highway are little villages spaced a few km's apart, but very similair, the houses are wattle and daub styled rondavels, some were of brick and mortar, but mostly Traditioanl styled homes. The homes are all painted brightly and some creatively patterned, modern windows and doors are fashioned into the traditional openings, animals are a fixture in the gardens, Pigs, horses, mules chickes and of course cattle. Some of the most beautifuly coloured hides on the cattle from striking red to monochromed Black/Grey and all these animals are appear in excellent condition. People and animals co-exist in a manner not often seen. Riding through each village the children are entranced by these folk on big machines and you virtually ride one-handed as Children and adults wave and greet.

You know you are in Cata, when the road turns to a tarred surface and when you reach the end of the road, literaly, you turn up the hill to the B&B, if you continue straight after you should have turned off the road turns into a "Twee-spoor" leading into the Enchanted Forest..............

We arrived mid afternoon and most of the guy's and ladies were hiking to the 2 farthest waterfalls, glad we missed the hike actually as most, no strike that, ALL the hikers wanted Drazils hed on a plate  :imaposer:    Apparently only 500m, meant to the forest edge and NOT the waterfalls - 4hr's later and very weary they returned........................after the folk had recovered it was agreed to have a stay of execution, Drazil may keep his head, because they views and the waterfalls were rewarding in itself - so be warned if you venture into the forest - tome doesn't stand still, and distance is not halved ands Turds Boots do not cover 7 Leagues in one leap - it is NOT that kind of Enchanted............apparently 8)

Ant you can add our ride into the forest.

(Side Note - this is one area that allows adventure bikes into the forest, please don't let guy's abuse this priviledge, lest we all loose out - govern ourselves before it gets done for us and bikes are Banned  >:(  )

1 - Road to Sandile Dam
2 - Road to Sandile Dam
3 - A river runs through
4 - Des and Ant
5 - Ant and I appreciating the landscape - and this you can do for ages without tiring
6 - A river crossing - (after our experience in the Baviaans last year Des and I are carefull of concrete bridges)
7 - A few of the EL Guy's
8 - Isaak's AT and the Camo Tank
9 - Sandile Dam
10 - Des at the Signage
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Re: CATA - a Slice of Heaven on Earth
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2014, 07:10:39 pm »
A Few more Pic's, cause we all know Dogs love pic's  :thumleft:

1 - Ant reckons we need to go down the Sluices of the Sandile Dam on a Boogie Board
2 - Scenery on the way
3 - Scenery on the way
4 - Kids when we stopped at the community hall
5 - Des with the Kids when we stopped at the community hall - they loved seeing pic's of themselves  ;D
6 - Part of our Mountain Top Retreats view
7 - Crab, Des and Turdie in front of the Dining Hall
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Re: CATA - a Slice of Heaven on Earth
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2014, 09:14:15 pm »
Nice pics T8, keep them coming!
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Re: CATA - a Slice of Heaven on Earth
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2014, 09:20:22 pm »
Lekka sorry to hav missed this
 

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Re: CATA - a Slice of Heaven on Earth
« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2014, 09:20:23 pm »
Lekka sorry to hav missed this
 

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Re: CATA - a Slice of Heaven on Earth
« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2014, 09:22:14 pm »
Hours drag and then due to lack of interest we close shop and head for the hills and as Shaun ( Tiger8 ) describes we arrive in Middle Earth. One can feel the difference in the area, it is one of utmost peace and tranquility.
Driving into the Cata village ( with a cage ) with Hazzard behind us on his GS800 the children ignored the cage and all eyes and waves directed to Hazzard on his bike.
Then came the evening braai with Casting from Turd,Lakey,Hazzard and myself when
Mrs Lakey asked who else was to arrive on Friday .....OH Shit Crab is not here, so I phone him ( 09:30 )and as to be expected Mr Garmin has taken him to Thomas river which as a crow flies is about 2-3 mountains away. Everyone thought he was going to stay there but I knew Crab would arrive around midnight and sure as there are Hobbits / Elves he pitches in exactly 12:00.
Crabs buddy Tanja has never seen or swum in a waterfall  but here her dream is fulfilled in Hobbit / Elvin land
As for the hike well lets just say that I came out of the forests.

Thanks to all and I am chuffed that everyone left with some precious memories of a very special village called Cata which give more than it receives.

All this for a R130 per person
R100 per tent and if you do not have a tent they shall put one up for you.
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My fuel cost more than our food and accommodation for two days  :o

Time for some photos
1= Hazzard and some middle earth women and a troll (lakey)
2= Forest Turd sending greetings to Carrots  >:D
3= Happy hikers so far ( only walked about 100m )
4= are we there yet, NO, that's not the waterfall
5= THAT'S the waterfall and it's just over the little hill around the bend  :lol8:
6=MrT exploring a stream
7=dagger looks of Mordor  :o
8=Mr T chilling
9+10=Finally the waterfall, I got tired of walking backward watching all sharpen all manner of things.
« Last Edit: February 12, 2014, 10:32:09 am by DRAZIL »
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Re: CATA - a Slice of Heaven on Earth
« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2014, 09:36:53 pm »
1= Swartbaard having fun
2=Swartbaard discovering the water is freaking cold  :eek7:
3=Tanja's dream come true
4=Hazzard having fun
5=214 (Andre),Tyger (Kelly),Blackie (Blackie)
6=Ant ,we shall do this slide on our blow up mattresses
7=we will worry about stopping when we get there
8=Brand new T-Bone about a day old next to mama
9= Ant's starting line

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Re: CATA - a Slice of Heaven on Earth
« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2014, 09:44:48 pm »
last 3 cell phone pics  :thumleft:

Did I mention how everyone was walking on Monday, like Robots except,Hazzard and myself  :lol8:
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Re: CATA - a Slice of Heaven on Earth
« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2014, 10:02:27 pm »
 :laughing4: :laughing4: :laughing4:
That 2nd to last pic, Turdie looks like he swallowed a Turd..... :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:
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Re: CATA - a Slice of Heaven on Earth
« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2014, 08:23:48 am »
I think Tiger8 has named this RR appropriate...a slice of Heaven on earth it is indeed. I am sure to visit this place again  :thumleft:

I will post some of my snappies a bit later  :ricky:
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Re: CATA - a Slice of Heaven on Earth
« Reply #11 on: February 11, 2014, 08:50:24 am »
:laughing4: :laughing4: :laughing4:
That 2nd to last pic, Turdie looks like he swallowed a Turd..... :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:

Nah, Just lakeys cooking boet. Loo at him pulling hair out of his teeth!!!  :peepwall:
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Re: CATA - a Slice of Heaven on Earth
« Reply #12 on: February 11, 2014, 09:40:58 am »
That looks amazing! And very Tolkien I must add.
 

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Re: CATA - a Slice of Heaven on Earth
« Reply #13 on: February 11, 2014, 10:01:31 am »
Cant do a Ride Report as I went by cge with the Mrs. Really great time was had by all.

Pics from my cel phone so not that great but the fishing was awesome. Thin streams and very nice browns

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Re: CATA - a Slice of Heaven on Earth
« Reply #14 on: February 11, 2014, 06:46:17 pm »
:laughing4: :laughing4: :laughing4:
That 2nd to last pic, Turdie looks like he swallowed a Turd..... :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:

Nah, Just lakeys cooking boet. Loo at him pulling hair out of his teeth!!!  :peepwall:

Bugger you. Do I look like I eat crap food?
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Re: CATA - a Slice of Heaven on Earth
« Reply #15 on: February 11, 2014, 06:47:33 pm »
Good to meet some more WDs this weekend
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Re: CATA - a Slice of Heaven on Earth
« Reply #16 on: February 11, 2014, 07:56:20 pm »
Ant, I know you and Shaun have more awesome pics and I know you guys did not walk on your ride report posting hands & fingers, so.................. :biggrin:
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Re: CATA - a Slice of Heaven on Earth
« Reply #17 on: February 12, 2014, 08:24:32 am »
So me, Mr T and Ashman started very early on the Saterday morning, left Colchester by 05h30 to be at the village in time for the walk. Has a lekker brekkie in King Wiliamstown and then we set course for Cata Village.

I had a lovely time meeting new dogs and seeing some old friends. Here are a few peekchas I took with ceelphone camera.





Wild dog having a sip of water  O0



Read carefully: 500m to waterfall FOREST....we all thought it was only 500m to go....yay right...more like 5km  :dousing:



En route to waterfall











Mr T







By now we were walking ten paces and panting like dogs  :imaposer: Drazil....are we there yet??? Why not  :patch: You sure there is a waterfal  :xxbah:



Ok, Drazil you are forgiven....just for now  :lol8:



Back at the village





Stunning seeting this place.



Lekker braai time  :biggrin:





Thanks to everyone involved with making this weekend a success  :3some:
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Re: CATA - a Slice of Heaven on Earth
« Reply #18 on: February 12, 2014, 02:18:45 pm »
Hi all
just received a email from Boniswa to say thank you all for the support of Cata.
I gave her the money at the hospital in Keiskammahoek and she has sent me the invoice.  :thumleft:
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Re: CATA - a Slice of Heaven on Earth
« Reply #19 on: February 12, 2014, 09:07:54 pm »
OK, so here goes with some pics.
1. On the road
2. Just what I needed after a really heavy week at work
3. Riding partners, Schaun & Des
4. Compulsory stop and photo, Sandile dam. Next time we must fire up the coffee, Des
5. Getting there...
6. Local kids  :) and Schaun
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