Thursday, June 14, 2012

May 11, 2012: Barrier of Spears

Greetings All,
We are in Hulhluwe, South Africa after completing our 6 day trek in the Central Drakensberg Mountains. In Zulu they are referred as uKhahlamba ("barrier of spears"). We covered 90km during the course of our trek. We started at Injisuthi trailhead (photo 1)

and on our second day reached what's known as the high berg via Leslie Pass (photo 2).

The approach to the top of the escarpment was quite steep as seen in the photo. The actual pass is the grassy slope in the left of the photo. Once on top of the plateau a vast landscape of valleys, ridges and peaks unfolded before us. Our campsite was near the top of the pass (photo 3)

a good starting point for the hike up Mafadi Peak, the highest point in South Africa the next day. The summit of Mafadi Peak at 3450 meters is a broad, rocky one (photo 4).

Two of the many prominent rock formations we encountered along our route was Giant's Castle (photo 5) and The Hook (photo 6).

We didn't encounter many other trekkers on our route, just a few Lesotho sheppard's tending their flocks of sheep. They spend the summer in stone huts with grass roofs (photo 7)

but this one has been abandoned for the winter. Our trek culminated with an accent of Thabana Ntlenyana at 3482 meters it is the highest peak in Lesotho and Southern African for that matter. That's Marc, Carlos our guide and me on the summit (photo 8).

As the clouds were gathering, we made a hasty retreat to Sani Pass. At the pass we were rewarded with a warm chalet and a bottle of good South African wine at the highest pub in Africa (photo 9)!

It's hard to believe we'll be home in less than 3 weeks. We hope all is well back home.
Peggy and Marc

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