Mafadi, the Highest Peak in South Africa (4 Days)Ian Shooter2019-07-24T21:35:01+02:00
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Mafadi, Highest Peak in South Africa, 4 Days
Mafadi the Highest Peak in South Africa
This 4-day hike to Mafadi, the highest peak in South Africa starts from Injasuthi camp in the central Drakensberg Mountains. As Mafadi is the highest peak in South Africa and the Drakensberg this is a popular hike.
Mafadi certainly doesn’t give itself up easily!
Click here to see how to prepare for this hike. Injasuthi is a beautiful and remote part of the Drakensberg. We start off camping at Injasuthi camp and when we wake up we are off to the mountains. We spend day 1 walking up a stunning valley and crossing the Injasuthi river a few times with a quick visit to see some Bushman Paintings. Then we enjoy a lunch at the river while looking up at the huge Trojan Wall.
After digesting we head up a grassy slope to camp near Centenary Hut. On day 2 we walk along the contour path to Judges Pass. Well used by the locals, this is an “easier” Drakensberg pass.
If people are up for a challenge we can climb up Corner pass.
We camp near Leslies pass on our way to summit Mafadi on the 3 highest peaks in South Africa hike
Either way, wehope to be on top in time for lunch. Once on top of the escarpment we camp near a clear stream or walk a bit further to sleep in the highest cave in the Drakensberg. The Upper Injasuthi Cave is at 3300m and overlooks the triplets and on to watch the sun rise shine on Cathkin Peak. Mafadi Peak is about a 1-hour walk from the stream.
After being the highest people in South Africa for a while, we stroll along the escarpment edge to lunch above Leslie’s Pass. After lunch, it is a rather steep decent to camp at the base of Leslie’s Pass. The shorter option is to go back down Judges Pass to camp at Centenary hut again.
On the last day, we either hike
back down the valley from Centenary Hut to our cars, or go bolder hopping past Marble Baths from our camp below Leslie’s Pass. And there you go, you have just walked up Mafadi, the highest peak in South Africa.
Mafadi, the Highst Peak in South Africa Hike Difficulty: Easy
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