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.