The Mnweni Circuit Hike takes place in my favourite part of the Drakensberg.
On this 3-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 summer 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.
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Drakensberg Hikers at Mnweni
The next day we hike up Rockeries Pass to have lunch next to the Orange/Senqu river on it’s the 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. We are lucky because we only carry a day pack while the porters carry our lunch. Then we pop over to see a huge Cape Vulture colony which overlooking the stunning Mnweni area over 1000m below. After spending a few hours way up in the Drakensberg we wander back down to our campsite.
Day 3 is a leisurely saunter back down the valley for 3 hours back to our cars.
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. Of course, there is dancing and singing at the end of the hike.
Mnweni Circuit Hike difficulty: Intermediate