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Home / #RightNow / Season 2021 / EP08 - #RightNow Cradle of Humankind: Hiking 25

We are hiking around the Cradle Moon Lake which is part of the Crocodile River. The Crocodile River has its source in the Witwatersrand mountain range, originating in Constantia Kloof, Roodepoort, Gauteng province. The first dam it fills is the Lake Heritage Dam just west of the Lanseria Airport. The Crocodile River is one of the most pressured river systems in South Africa. The effects of pollution from two of South Africa’s metropolitan areas, Johannesburg and Tshwane, has been detrimental to the ecology of the system. Untreated industrial, mining, agricultural and household waste has deteriorated the water quality throughout most of its course and led to massive algal blooms in the Hartbeespoort Dam and Roodekoppies Dam. Invasive plant species have negatively affected the integrity of the system. Unsustainable farming practices have led to sediment overloads and erosion further harming the river. Text: Wikipedia. The hiking trail is shared with a mountain bike trail. Three hiking trails on different length exists - a 5km, 16km and 25km trail. We are on the 5km trail but will see the longest 25km trail in one of the coming episodes of #RightNow as well. Apes are crossing our way as well as cattle. At the end of our hike we meet a baby snake that crosses almost unnoticed the trail, which has been softened by the rain.