Drakensberg Northern Traverse) Hike (7-12 Aug 2021)Ian Shooter2021-06-10T08:20:59+02:00
Drakensberg Northern Traverse) Hike (7-12 Aug 2021)
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Sentinel to Cathedral Peak (Drakensberg Northern Traverse Hike)
This incredible hike is known to be one of the top 10 hikes in the world. You should do it!
Also known as the Mini Traverse the hike starts at the Amphitheatre and finishes at Cathedral Peak.
We are leaving the Rockeries behind on the Northern Traverse while hiking with Drakensberghiker
There is a reason why it is well known as one of the top 10 hikes in the world.
We certainly get to see some of the best mountain scenery South Africa has to offer.
The first night is spent camping on top of the Amphitheatre next to the 2nd highest waterfall in the world, the Tugela Falls. Here we are at 2950m above sea level. The Tugela Falls tumble down the huge Amphitheatre wall so you can imagine the views. This day is only 8km but takes up to 4 hours of walking because we are here to look at views and not rush.
Over the next few days, we wander along the escarpment edge where the views are best.
We get to see the sun rise over the Tugela falls on top of the Ampitheater
The next 2 days are similar in distance and time with 14km covered each day and taking up to 7 hours of walking through stunning mountain scenery. By day 3 we arrive at one of my favorite places above Rockeries Pass in the Mnweni area where all my porters live.
They love to show off their home to visitors.
Here we camp near a huge Cape Vulture colony. This is really an amazing place. After checking out the graceful vultures we walk behind the huge Saddle and a swim in a clear mountain stream. Lunch today is great. We have one of the best views while recharging our batteries.
Day 4 is slightly shorter with 11km done and arriving at our camp by 2pm.
Once here we can relax with a cup of tea and enjoy the Kwakwatsi river flowing past our camp. After a breakfast in the mug and bowl restaurant we head down Mlambonja pass for lunch at the contour path. So from 3000m we end up at 2000m and you can certainly notice how much oxygen there is now. Makes you feel strong. After lunch we walk along the contour path with the mighty cliffs way above us now.
Crazy to think we were just up there.
After 2km we arrive at our camp site below the Column and Pyramid. This day is around 7km but still takes up to 6 hours to do. We descend over 1000m so it is good to take our time. No rush in Africa you know.