Submitted by Kobus Liebenberg
"We decided to simplify our lives a bit by spending a night in the mountains. A few people compared Thomas Hut to the one on Table Mountain, so we decided to check it out.
The hut is well kitted out with essentials - cutlery, crockery, mattresses, etc. - so you don't have to do all of the heavy lifting/carrying. There is a cold-water shower and a long drop, and a stream close by (rumours that it could be dry in the warm summer months). The hut has LED lights which are charged by solar panels. The ideal number of people would be between 4 and 8. More than 8 would be a bit of a squeeze.
The hike on day 1 was uphill all the way, but there were enough scenic stops. It took us 3.5 hours. Upon reaching the hut, we unpacked, ate lunch, and had some tea. There was quite a chilly wind, so we played cards and enjoyed each other's company. We made burgers the evening before snuggling in for a good night's sleep. We hiked back the next morning, in very cold weather. All worth it.
MicroAdventure time in total, out and back:
Getting to the start:
You follow the N1 to Worcester. You first have to stop in Worcester to collect the key for the hut (details provided when booking) and then make your way to the Fairy Glen Nature Reserve. You will be directed to your overnight parking spot from there.
Best time to go:
Anytime - winter to see snow, of summer to enjoy the mountain stream!
Cost (per person):
R0 - R250
Special permissions / permits:
Yes. At least 1 person needs to be a mountain club member. Each member can invite 2 guests along. You have to book through the mountain club.
A quick note about safety:
It is relatively safe to do in a small group.
Start early so that you can make the most of you time when up at the hut. Prepare mentally for the long drop experience. Bring games along if the weather isn't going to look great.