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By Madelein Kriegler, a working mom of two, always on the run, always looking to do new interesting things. You can visit her blog or  find her on twitter @Madelein

 

So we returned to Chrissiesmeer for more countryside fun and this time chose to go look for Goliath’s footprint close to Amsterdam.

Chrissiesmeer is a small little town about 2 and a half hours drive from Joburg, situated in Mpumulanga. Just before Belfast you turn off to Carolina, follow the road and just when the road meets the N17 to Swaziland -there is Chrissiesmeer.

Anè at Florence guest farm is a wealth of information about things to do and see in the area and the giant’s footprint seemed like a good pick as the kids are all about giants and fairies and the like right now.

On our way we stopped at Warburton at the Working on Fire station to have a look at the cool equipment, planes and “huey” helicopters.

All these things got the males in the family very excited- but I must admit it’s hugely interesting what they get up to, how they use their equipment and the prevention measures they have in place. The team had just come back from fighting the bush fire in Kuruman, so when we went to see them it was a day for cleaning equipment and making sure everything was still working. This fire brigade is privately sponsored by the huge private forest plantations in the area and has some of the most sophisticated fire spotting equipment in the world.

From there off the N17 you take the R33 turnoff to Amsterdam and about 16km from the turnoff you turn off onto a dirt track. The signboard says Emzulwini.

You take the first left fork then the first right fork an about 1.1 km from here you will find the giant’s footprint.

*Local legend tells the story that when Shaka chased the Swazi’s out of this area there was a woman who was a giant. She was known as a goddess amongst the people. She ran towards her lover and left a footprint in the rock. The lovers skull can be seen right in front of her footprint .

This is the left footprint, the right footprint apparently in Sri Lanka on Adams Peak.  In Sri Lanka as in South Africa the site is holy. On the Sri Lankan side the footprint gets visited by thousands of visitors every year.

*This is taken from  an info sheet Ane has at the guesthouse. I cant vouch for it’s accuracy.

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