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Mnweni-Rockeries Circuit

N3 Gateway / Mnweni-Rockeries Circuit
Mnweni Cultural & Hiking Centre, Mabhulesini, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
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Core Activity:Hiking Type:Facilitated Duration:4-5 days Budget:R2000-R3000 per person, depending on length of hike, catering arrangements and the availability of equipment (e.g. you may need to hire extra tents, stoves or sleeping mats). When to Go:All year- round. Best from March to May. Itinerary Rating:Moderate to extreme. Not suitable for children and individuals with very low fitness levels. Other:No experience is required, although moderate fitness levels are recommended. All the relevant information will be provided once an enquiry has been made. Note that certain pieces of equipment are a must for this outing. With its rugged, isolated terrain and spectacular scenery, this is the Drakensberg at its best. Other Activities:White Water Paddling, Rock Climbing, Mountain Biking, facilitated field and Historic Walks, Horse Riding, Canopy Tours. Points Of Interest:Mnweni Cultural Centre, Bingelela overnight spot and restaurant, Tugela Rapids Lodge, Three Tree Hill Lodge, Spioenkop Nature Reserve.

This hiking outing takes between  four to five days in the  spectacular Mnweni area of the Drakensberg.

A four to five day hiking outing in the Drakensberg’s beautiful Mnweni area. Even though the whole length of the Drakensberg is superb for mountain walking (hiking), Mnweni is widely regarded as one of the region’s top destinations. As the section of the escarpment makes a large cutback (called the Mnweni Cutback), this isolated ambience provides hikers with a wonderful sensation of having outdoor nature all to themselves.

Expect to work hard as you encounter two steep mountain passes, the Mnweni and Rockeries Passes. Your efforts will be rewarded when you see major peaks such as Pinnacles as well as the Inner and Outer Mnweni Needles. The highlight of this hike is undoubtedly a full view of the loose-standing Mponjwane, or Rockeries Tower, one of the legendary peaks in the Drakensberg. Enhance your experience by camping overnight in the two caves nearby.

DAY 1 – Mnweni Cultural Centre to the Mnweni Pass

Arrive the day before the hike starts to finalise your packing and other pre-trip arrangements. On Day 1, you will meet at the Mnweni Cultural Centre where you can enjoy some authentic Zulu culture and hospitality. Once the hike starts, the goal is to reach the foot of the Mnweni Mountain Pass, so you can prepare for the ascent the following day.

DAY 2 – Ascend the Mnweni Pass and reach the summit of the escarpment

Once you have packed up, it is a one-way traffic hike straight up a 1000m ascent. Once you see the breathtaking views from up there, you will know the effort was well worth the reward! The Ledgers and Mponjwane Caves nearby offer comfortable camping on the edge of the escarpment. If you thirst for adventure is not yet quenched, you can easily add an extra day to explore further.

DAY 3 – Descend the Rockeries Pass and into the valley below

Take it easy down the very steep slopes of the Rockeries Pass, where you have a chance to see the Rockeries and North Peak of the Saddle. . Once you reach the valley floor, it’s time to unwind and enjoy your camping in nature.

DAY 4 – Walk back to the Mnweni Cultural Centre

Pack up and head back to the Mnweni Cultural Centre. You can opt to spend another night year, which includes dinner.

Mnweni Cultural & Hiking Centre, Mabhulesini, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

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