Mafadi, the Highest Peak in South Africa (5 Days)Ian Shooter2021-01-05T14:40:20+02:00
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Mafadi, Highest Peak in South Africa, 5 Days
Mafadi the Highest Peak in South Africa
This 5 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 but she certainly doesn’t give herself up easily!
Click here to see how to prepare for this hike. Injasuthi is a beautiful and remote part of the Central 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 head straight up. Short and steep. Corner pass is just that but certainly worth it.
If people are up for a challenge we can climb up Corner pass.
We camp near Leslie’s pass on our way to summit Mafadi on the 3 highest peaks in South Africa hike
Another option is the longer but easier Judges pass. Either way, we hope 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 which makes it the highest cave in the Drakensberg.
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 with ridiculous views overlooking the foothills way below. After lunch, it is a gentle saunter to camp at the top of Leslie’s Pass. Waking up here is the absolute best. Still in your sleeping bag you can see the most amazing view.
The last day is a steep decent down Leslie’s pass to a spot for lunch right at the river and then a bolder hop to Marble Baths.
This has got to be the best place for a swim. There is even a slide. What a special place to relax and finish off a spectacular hike. Day 5 is a stroll for 3 hrs back to our cars at the Injasuthi camp. And there you go, you have just walked up Mafadi, the highest peak in South Africa.
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