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Three Rondavels

A cache by CrystalFairy Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 02/28/2008
Difficulty:
2 out of 5
Terrain:
2 out of 5

Size: Size:   small (small)

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Geocache Description:

Located at the Three Rondavels.

This cache is situated at the Three Rondavels (Drie Rondawels). If you look in the distance you can see the three large "hills", known as the Three Rondavels. There is no entry fee to go here and the cache is located about 100m away from the lookout points and not visible from them either. History: The northern section of the Canyon was home to the Bapedi people. They were a relatively small and tribe and called the Mapulana Tribe (under Chief Maripi Mashile) to help take on the Swazis who took over their dwellings. This war, which was to be the areas last tribal war, became known as Moholoholo which means "the great, great battle" and took place in 1864. The Bapedi people decided to show their gratitude to the Mapulana Chief by naming the mountains in his honour. Obviously named Marieskop, the mountain to the south of the Three Rondavels was named "Majaneng" meaning the "the cheif". The chief decided they should be feminine and wanted to name them after his wives. Because he had so many wives and there are only three Rondavels, he named them after the three who allegedly gave him the most trouble: Mogabolle, Mogoladikwe and Maseroto The regal beauty of the Three Rondavels is best viewed from the Upper Viewpoint. For best photo opportunities is late afternoon, when the sun is setting Morning light lends unparallelled clarity. In the morning the Canyon is misty and the Rondavels may be partially obscured, just like the day when the Bapedi defeated the Swazi's in the Battle of Moholoholo. From here you can get stunning views of the Lowveld and the Blyderivierpoort Dam. PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS CACHE IN THE DARK OR RAIN. Even though the cache is a good 10m from the edge and you can walk to it staying at least 10m from the edge, in the dark it is very easy to take a wrong step and in the rain the rocks can be very slippery. There are two lookout points and we suggest you visit both of them before or after the cache.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Vs lbh ner fvggvat urer, lbh ner cebonoyl fvggvat ba vg..

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
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N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)