KwaDuma

25 Aug 2011 10:32 #3798 by plouw
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Very interesting topic!
Another area just added to my to-do-list.

Rinus, you can download them here www.madmappers.com/mapset.php?MS=12

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25 Aug 2011 11:19 #3799 by rinus
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Thank you so much, this is very helpfull stuff! :thumbsup:

Ps 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.

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25 Aug 2011 11:56 #3802 by intrepid
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Thanks for sharing that link plouw, I'm glad someone has hosted these maps finally! rinus I was going to upload the two sheets for you on this site temporarily - I have the TIFF images in addition to the paper copies, but they are around 25MB each and thus not great for email.

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25 Aug 2011 12:27 #3803 by diverian
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:laugh: Congrats on your 1000th post on the site !!!!

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25 Aug 2011 12:39 #3804 by intrepid
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Thanks! You are more observant than I am. :silly:

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26 Aug 2011 12:22 #3813 by rinus
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Hi

Got another question, where would we sign a mountain register to climb this, or can you just go as you please? No costs?

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27 Aug 2011 05:51 #3816 by thomas
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Thank god there are places in the world where one does not have to register, and this is certainly one of them. Outside the controlled, monitored, commercialized and commodified realms of parks, fines and fences are wide open spaces and free ranging hills that make up most of Lesotho. You are on your own, unregistered, and very lucky at that. Enjoy it before the avalanche of webcams and "hiking fees" make the Drakensberg an amusement park. Cheers.

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30 Aug 2011 10:31 #3861 by intrepid
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Fees may be applicable, check with management of the reserve. Even if no register, it is recommended to leave all the details you would normally fill in on a register with someone you know, and sign off with them telephonically afterwards - don't pull another Aron Ralston. Though this is the Eastern Cape Drakensberg, I think the Natal section of the MCSA would probably still be the ones involved in any rescue. Make sure you have all relevant contact details (see General category in Downloads section) and a cell phone.

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13 Sep 2011 12:11 #3993 by rinus
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I saw now that the ongeluks pass is a 4x4 route, we only have a diff lock bakkie :unsure:
Does anyone know if it is possible with just a diff lock bakkie, and if not, are there any other ways to get to kwaduma? Cant you climb up a pass in the escarpment as Thomas suggested one can go down?

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14 Sep 2011 07:05 #4008 by intrepid
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Phone Ongeluksnek Nature Reserve and ask them. You could also check with the management of the Mehloding Trail who are based in Matatiele - they shuttle hikers from there to the start of the trail which is near the Mariazell mission station. They may be able to take you up the pass.

Yes, based on the survey maps there are two passes near KwaDuma, Dikaebaneng and a nameless one coming up the Binari valley. Using these will require more navigational strategy obviously than simply following the escarpment. Don't have more info on these, but its a matter of finding them on the map and working out the best route from the road. There is likely to be a network of trails that the locals use.

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