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One of the caches we have placed making up the Bezuidenhout Park Series, and hopefully you will enjoy finding it as much as we enjoyed finding this spot for it.
Bezuidenhout Park lies below Observatory Ridge, which, at 1 808 metres above sea level, is the city's highest ridge. On its eastern side it is bordered by the Bruma Lake area, with its waterways and well-known flea market, and the bustle of the Eastgate Shopping Centre.
The park is steeped in the early history of Johannesburg and is home to a Johannesburg heritage site, the Bezuidenhout farmhouse in Dewetshof. Frederick Bezuidenhout and his family were some of the first white settlers in the area, then known as Doornfontein Farm. Today the original homestead, the family burial grounds and some ancient oak trees can still be seen.
During the South African War, the British used the farmhouse as a base and the grounds housed some 4 000 horses, maintained by a 7 000-strong non-combatant Indian contingent. A sandstone monument, installed in 1902, stands atop the highest point of Observatory Ridge to honour the Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, Muslims and Zoroastrians who died during this war.
Source: joburg.org.za (visit link)
The park has several fields which always seem to be action filled on the weekends. It is often used as a park and ride facility for big sporting events. We were quite surprised to find no caches here already, and decided to rectify that.
We are not sure what the park is like at night, so exercise caution if doing this after dark.
This cache is placed near the entrance at some signs that show no dogs allowed, dogs are allowed, and please clean up after your dogs. The kids were quite amused by the inconsistency of the "confused signs".
Update January 2016: The other signs have grown legs and disappeared, but the one with the cache on is still there.
Cache is a magnetic nano, so remember your pen
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