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MCNR #01 - Knysna Turaco Mystery Cache

Hidden : 05/26/2018
2 out of 5
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size:   micro (micro)

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Geocache Description:

The cache is not at the published coordinates



The Maitland Coastal Nature Reserve (MCNR) covers about 250ha and was established in 1975. It contains three trails: Sir Peregrine Maitland (3km), Igolomi (4km) and De Stades (9km).

An old wagon trail meanders through the reserve and is the starting point of all three trails. The track was used to access lead mines situated on nearby properties. The mining did not prove viable but was of historic significance as it was one of the earliest attempts at mining in the Cape Colony. There are records of analyses of the ore of these deposits dating as far back as 1792.

Flora is represented by Coastal dune forest and is conserved in the reserve. Numerous common plants are also widely represented: Wild Olive (Olea Europa), White Milkwood (Sideroxlon Inerme), Cape Cranberry (Dovyalis Rhamnoides), Outeniqua Yellowwood (Podocarpus Falcatus) and Spike Thorn (Maytenus Heterophylla).

Fauna is represented by small buck species such as Blue Duiker, Bush Buck and Bushpigs. Reptiles, arachnids and birds are also plentiful.

The abundant bird life in the area is worth mentioning as you may have the opportunity of seeing Knysan Loerie, Speckled Mousebird, Southern Boubou, Cape Robin, Cape White Eye, Double Collared Sunbirds and the possibility of seeing a Fish Eagle near the sea.

N88 03.145 Z70 63.363 ROT5

The Puzzle

The cache can be found at N88 03.145 Z70 63.363

Tree cover will affect your GPS so it might be difficult to obtain accurate coordinates. See the hint for help. The cache can be retrieved without leaving the path. Please stay on the path to prevent a geotrail developing.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)