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Drakensberg Foothills in the Mnweni Area

Drakensberg Foothills in the Mnweni Area

Amphitheatre to Mnweni 5 Day Hike

The Amphitheatre to Mnweni 5 day Hike traverses the Northern Drakensberg. Starting at the Sentinel Peak to finish at Mnweni via Rockeries Pass.  This hike covers the area linking the Amphitheatre with the Mnweni Valley. This is a slightly shorter version of the famous Drakensberg Northern Traverse.

Perfect if you still want to really enjoy and explore the magnificent Drakensberg mountains but a bit short on time.

We start the hike at the Sentinel Peak car park and walk to the top of the Amphitheatre using the famous Chain Ladders.

At the top of the Amphitheatre we camp near the 2nd highest waterfall in the world. The mighty Tugela River starts near here, and the Tugela Falls plummet almost 1000m down the Amphitheatre cliff face, so you can imagine the views.

Click here to see how to prepare for your Sentinel Peak to Mnweni Hike. For the next 3 days we hike along the Drakensberg Escarpment edge to enjoy stunning views. The foothills way down in South Africa on our left and the mountain kingdom of Lesotho on our right.

Despite the length of this hike, it is relatively easy walking along the Escarpment for most of the time.

The last 2 days are a relaxed descent of Rockeries Pass with a lovely camp near some beautiful Protea trees followed by an easy walk to Mnweni Cultural Center.

Drakensberg Hiker tents near The Sentinel and Cathedral Peak

Drakensberg Hiker tents near The Sentinel and Cathedral Peak

On Day 3 we arrive at an amazing place. Here we camp near a huge Cape Vulture Colony  and you can read more about Cape Vultures here . Waking up here you can see fantastic views over the beautiful Mnweni Valley.

This is where my porters live and they love to show their home off to visitors.

Rockeries Pass is only 3km long but over these 2 days we will descend about 700,:  from 2950m to 2200m above sea level.

The mighty Orange/Senqu river is nearby waiting for a visit, and a dip if it is warm enough, or if you are able to brave the cold in winter.

Intermediate Drakensberg Hike

Despite the length of this hike, it is an Intermediate Hike and a good introduction to multi-day hiking.

Souvenir’s of your Drakensberg Hike with us!

On all of our hikes you have the option to add a Souvenir Bundle to remember your hike by (in addition to the memories that will keep you going for years to come). All these items are available on our shop, but it is so much easier to get them when you do your hike, and benefit from the discounted pricing and not having to wait for us to ship it to you later!

We have different Souvenir Bundles to choose from and they include the following:
Basecamp
 

‘Basecamp’ Drakensberg Hike Souvenir Bundle (R550.00):

  • a stunning double wall stainless steel DrakensbergHiker 400ml Mug;
  • an orange 750ml DrakensbergHiker Water Bottle;
  • a DrakensbergHiker T-Shirt in orange or black;
  • a DrakensbergHiker Beenie, Sun Hat or Gaiters.
Ascent

‘Ascent’ Drakensberg Hike Souvenir Bundle (R955.00):

  • a stunning double wall stainless steel DrakensbergHiker 400ml Mug;
  • an orange 750ml DrakensbergHiker Water Bottle;
  • a DrakensbergHiker T-Shirt in orange or black;
  • a DrakensbergHiker Beenie, Sun Hat or Gaiters;
  • a thin DrakensbergHiker fleece top.
Summit

‘Summit’ Drakensberg Hike Souvenir Bundle (R1400):

  • a stunning double wall stainless steel DrakensbergHiker 400ml Mug;
  • an orange 750ml DrakensbergHiker Water Bottle;
  • a DrakensbergHiker T-Shirt in orange or black;
  • a DrakensbergHiker Beenie, Sun Hat or Gaiters;
  • a thick DrakensbergHiker fleece top.

On all our hike inquiry forms you can select the Souvenir Bundle of your choice, you will also have the option to select the size/s of the T-Shirts and Fleeces in your chosen bundle :-)

Please use the form below to let us know if you are interested in doing the Amphitheatre to Mnweni Hike with us:

+27 33-396 3906
+27 72-947 1174
ian@drakensberghiker.co.za