Esti Stewart
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One of my favourite campsites to date, alongside the Kouga river. We shared our best moments of the trail around the campfire that night, emotions swelling from the hikers at their sense of achievement in themselves.

The Baviaans Camino is a brand new trail that can be done either on foot or on horseback, and when we heard about it we simply had to go.

Early morning calm on the last morning of the trail. From here we all went our separate ways- until next time.

The Baviaans Camino is a brand new trail that can be done either on foot or on horseback, and when we heard about it we simply had to go.

A last canter on the trail. Riding is generally done at a walking pace on the trail, but we couldn't resist a last surge of speed.

The Baviaans Camino is a brand new trail that can be done either on foot or on horseback, and when we heard about it we simply had to go.

Probably my favourite moment of the trip- reaching the viewpoint over the Kouga River and then swimming with the horses when we reached the sandy riverbanks, after their spontaneous rolling in the deep sand.

The Baviaans Camino is a brand new trail that can be done either on foot or on horseback, and when we heard about it we simply had to go.

The trail took us through mountainside into farmland, passing sheep and a few houses towards the end of day four

The Baviaans Camino is a brand new trail that can be done either on foot or on horseback, and when we heard about it we simply had to go.

Cheerful Eric passing us in the support vehicle as we climbed Moordenaars Pass

The Baviaans Camino is a brand new trail that can be done either on foot or on horseback, and when we heard about it we simply had to go.

Mist and drizzle gave us relief from the clear skies of the previous days.

The Baviaans Camino is a brand new trail that can be done either on foot or on horseback, and when we heard about it we simply had to go.

Ominous clouds and patches of mist on day three lent themselves to silhouette shots

The Baviaans Camino is a brand new trail that can be done either on foot or on horseback, and when we heard about it we simply had to go.

The team behind the trail: Esti and Eric (left) from Chokka Trail fame, handling the support vehicle and walking side. Hercules (right), who organises riding trails in this area and controls the horse component to the Camino.

The Baviaans Camino is a brand new trail that can be done either on foot or on horseback, and when we heard about it we simply had to go.

Downtime of the trail- drinking up and resting for all before hitting the road again.

The Baviaans Camino is a brand new trail that can be done either on foot or on horseback, and when we heard about it we simply had to go.

Another night, another lovely farmhouse to stay in. Here we were surrounded by mountains with a choice between camping and rooms, horses picketed in front overnight. the horses added a unique edge to the trail for hikers and riders alike.

The Baviaans Camino is a brand new trail that can be done either on foot or on horseback, and when we heard about it we simply had to go.

If you look really closely in the image on the left, you'll see riders along the road. The hikers are easier to spot, just ahead of us as they crested the rise.

The Baviaans Camino is a brand new trail that can be done either on foot or on horseback, and when we heard about it we simply had to go.

Linda striking a dramatic pose against the charred mountains of day two

The Baviaans Camino is a brand new trail that can be done either on foot or on horseback, and when we heard about it we simply had to go.

Lunch breaks meant shade, food, and rest - and in Kati's case, note-taking.

The Baviaans Camino is a brand new trail that can be done either on foot or on horseback, and when we heard about it we simply had to go.

The view from between a horse's ears is said to be one of the best. Here you can see the hikers from my horse, Noodle

Here you can see the hikers from my horse, Noodle

The afternoon sun caught the dust kicked up by the support vehicle, turning it gold as Hercules walked through.

The Baviaans Camino is a brand new trail that can be done either on foot or on horseback, and when we heard about it we simply had to go.