Seru Sami

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Seru Sami 20150625 039 smallIn November 2012 we went looking for Indian sites in the niches of the Seru Sami. From the road to Bullenbaai several niches can be seen under the top of this mountain. But last time we were unable to continue our search because of aggressive bees in the first niche that we visited from the West side. So this time we decided to attack the mountain from the North. A steeper slope on this side but still rather easy to climb. Soon we reached the first niche on this side. It was a rather deep niche and inside we found the remains of a large old goat with large horns. I brought the skull outside for the others to see.

François, Fred and I went in the direction of the niche where we encountered the bees during our previous visit. I had a waypoint of the area where we were attacked. When we were reasonably close François took a peek around the corner and saw that there were still bees there so we decided to return to the others who were taking a break. In the meantime François decided to go to the top of the Seru Sami.Fred and I checked the route but were not sure if we would be able to descend along the same route so we decided to stay with the others. After a while François returned. He had found a Kadaster measuring point on the top.

We continued our search for more niches along the side of the mountain. And the next one was a hit. In front of it we found a large amount of sea shells, Oyster, Karko and even a Melongena melongena. So definitely a former Indian site. We searched for other artifacts like ceramic and flint stone but found only 1 piece of earthenware of which we couldn't conclude if it was from the same period as the shells.

We went on along the slope. Fred, Eddy and I went more uphill while François, Carel and Hetty stayed a bit lower on the same slope. We found several other small niches but no traces of Indians there.

Fred and I still wanted to go to the top. A Kadaster measuring point there without us being able to get the coordinates is unthinkable. So we kept looking for a possibility to safely reach the top plateau. At a certain point we decided that it was feasible. Fred, François and I decided to continue to the top while the others wanted to visit the area beneath where we found the Indian site. So we split up.
We reached the top safely. The plateau was reasonably flat but the Werbata map in our GPS showed where the highest point would be. We found on our way to that point a nice dry-stone wall which was not indicated on the Werbata map.
The Kadaster measuring point was located exactly at the position where Werbata had marked the top of this mountain. After taking the coördinates with our GPS and waving to the others who were already back in the dry saliña we decided to call it a day. We went back to our cars. A very nice hike with a nice result.