Mnweni Circuit Hike (18-21 April 2020)Ian Shooter2019-03-29T07:12:24+02:00
Mnweni Circuit Hike (18-21 April 2020)
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Mnweni Circuit Hike
Guests posing in front of the Rockeries at Mnweni
The Mnweni Circuit Hike takes place in my favorite part of the Drakensberg and best of all it is on a long weekend.
On this 4 day hike we start at the Mnweni Cultural Center and head out to sleep at the base of Rockeries pass. Walking up the valley in Mnweni in the spring is just amazing.
All of the winter birds are starting to arrive back home and it is getting lovely and green everywhere. Good for the soul. Today is about 11km of walking while, which we will take about 5 hours to complete.
Remember to ensure that you plan properly for your hike, as the weather in the Drakensberg is always unpredictable, so click here to see how to prepare for your hike.
Drakensberg Hikers at Mnweni
The next day we hike up Rockeries Pass to have lunch next to the Orange/Senqu river on it’s way to the Atlantic ocean over 2000km away. This takes up to 3 hours to do starting at 2200m and ending up at 3050m over 4km. Then we pop over to see a huge Cape Vulture colony which overlooking the stunning Mnweni area over 1000m below. I love this camp site and the timing is also great. The vultures have their chicks on the nests so we have amazing views of them flying around on their 2m wings.
Day 3 is a leisurely saunter back down the valley for to a grassy patch near the river.
Heading down Ntonjelana pass we often see locals with their donkeys so the pass is not too difficult. The whole day takes up to 6 hrs descending from just over 3000m down to 1500m. We must finish off with a cup of tea and a swim by the river with the last views of the huge Saddle up above.
This whole area is full of Zulu culture and my porters love to show people their homes and culture.
Mnweni Circuit Hike difficulty: Intermediate
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