Hike around the lagoon of Jan Thiel
Highlights of this hike
We park the cars along the road close to the plantation house Sorsaka opposite the Botika Sorsaka. From there we walk to the entrance of Parke Sorsaka; we walk through this park towards the area around the lagune of Jan Thiel, which can be muddy at times. We walk counterclockwise around the lagune. Depending on the water level it can be easy (low water level) to challenging to keep your feet dry (high water). There is a kind of bridge built at a place where we have to cross the water. If the water level is hight part of this bridge lies under water. Closer to the entrance of the lagoon we go a bit higher up.
Near the entrance of the lagoon we find an old border wall, an old pier and the remnants of a lime kiln; After a short break with fruit we continue our hike on the other side of the lagune further inland till we once again reach the shore of the lagune. We pass an old saltworkers house and the old saltpans.After leaving the lagoon behind we walk back along the same path as in the beginning to our cars.
Attention: this hike is about 10 km long; if we want to be back in a reasonable time (3.5 to 4 hours) we have to keep a good pace during most of the hike.
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Hike from Kokomo Beach / Vaersenbay to Boka Sami and back over the Seru Sami. Alternative start and endpoint is Boka Sami
Highlights of this hike:
The hike starts at the parking lot of Kokomo Beach / Vaersenbay; from there we go immediately uphill to Fort Vaersenbay. We continue on top of the cliff in the direction of Boka Sami, where we visit the upper fort of St. Michiel. After the descent to sea level we continue along the water of the saliña of St. Michiel in the direction of the Seru Sami. The climb to the top of this hill is the most challenging part of this hike. There is not really a path but we climb from rock to rock to the top. This requires some climbing skills. On our way to the top we have a nice view on the surroundings. We cross a dry-stone wall on the top of the hill and from there we follow a pathback to our starting point at Vaersenbay.An alternative starting point is from the parking lot of the dive operator at the large bay of St. Michiel (Boka Sami). In that case the hike starts along the water of the saliña (see previous text) and in that case the visit of the upper fort of St. Michiel marks the completion of the hike. The route is exactly the same except for a different starting and end point.
ATTENTION: this is a challenging hike. You should have a good physical condition; also you should have some climbing skills and not have fear of heights. The hike is not suitable for kids.
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New version via Boka Uniko and Roi KenepaHike from the parking lot of Kokomo Beach at Vaersenbay; we start out hike by going up the cliff on the Western side of the parking lot. On top of the cliff we walk to Boka Uniko, a tiny beach. From there we take the Roi Kenepa to the Weg naar Bullenbaai (road to Bullenbay); we walk alongside this road for a small distance till we reach the beginning of the Binà trail. We follow the Binà trail till we get to the path towards the Seru Jamanika. From this point on we are on the previous version of this trail. We follow this trail to the Seru Jamanika. Seru is the local word for mountain. The climb is mostly gradually but sometimes a bit steep especially near the highest point that we will reach. We don't go to the top completely because that part is not easily accessible but we will reach a height of about 90 meters from where there is a nice view over the surroundings. There is a good chance that we will have birds of prey overhead. After a rest at the highest point we descend (sometimes steep). Uphill and downhill are challanging parts of this hike.On our way back to the parking lot we walk over the Shell dam where we have a view on the lake that disappeared (Lago Disparsé). We continue over a dirt road and cross the dry saliña to the parking lot.
Highlights of this trip:
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In the coming weeks the following hikes will be held:
All hikes start from the parking place mentioned in the description of the hike.
Each hike costs US$ 10.00 per person to be paid at the start of the hike.
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