Ntonjelana Pass

07 May 2010 14:30 #74721 by Stijn
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This is the easiest pass in the entire Mnweni area. It has probably got some great views of the Cathedral Range as it ascends to the escarpment just on the other side of the range. When we did this pass, however, it was very misty and we couldn’t see a thing. The path is very clear due to the use of this pass as a dagga-smuggling route between Lesotho and South Africa.

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09 May 2011 21:34 #2821 by Simon Waterkeyn
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Hoping someone out there might either email me or upload the gpx file for Ntonjelana Pass on the VE site ?

Any comments re decending this pass would be helpful too

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10 May 2011 08:40 #2824 by Magan
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Hi Simon

Can help u out with a short descrition : The Pass leaves at the low point in the Ecarp North of Mlambonja Pass. Its a few 100mtrs of descent of a rocky gulley, then it contours left into the next valley. 2 Options presents itself : the longer contour, or a direct descent down a ridge that requires a sandy abt 5mtr scramble. It joins the other further down. The path is badly eroded. You see the exit of the valley way down to the left towards Waterfall Cave but when I was there last local herders had brought their cattle as far up as the cave. Then its a long gentle walk to the locals huts where it joins up to the path from Rockeries Pass. Find your way to the 'main' road and head right to the Cultural Centre.
The view from Ntonjelane Pass is absolutely stunning across to the Northern section of the Cathedral Range

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10 May 2011 16:38 #2828 by anthony
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HI Simon hope this helps it is a very easy but long pass

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10 May 2011 19:10 #2832 by Simon Waterkeyn
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Mangan and Anthony thank you both

All sorted and planned track now complete

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11 May 2011 14:16 #2840 by intrepid
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Read this write-up too:
www.vertical-endeavour.com/blog/38-drakensberg/passes/146-ntonjelana-pass.html

Remember that the donkeys have right of way. ;)

Take nothing but litter, leave nothing but a cleaner Drakensberg.

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17 Oct 2011 10:00 #4387 by Geordie
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Can anyone please supply me with a GPS track for Ntonjelana pass .

If possible the Waypoint for the cultural Centre as well please.

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17 Oct 2011 10:38 #4388 by tiska
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If possible the Waypoint for the cultural Centre as well please.

Regards


28 deg 49.166S
29 deg 6.100E
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17 Oct 2011 13:39 #4390 by tonymarshall
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I see there isn't a track for iNtonyelana Pass, but there are co ordinates for the top of the pass on the GPS co orinates of passes list.

We did iNtonyelana Pass two weeks ago and it is an easy route with a very clear path throughout, from the end of the road from the Cultural Centre to the top of the pass.



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17 Oct 2011 14:04 #4391 by tiska
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In the early to mid 1990s, Rockeries pass started to be much more heavily used by smugglers and general traffic to and from Lesotho. The pass was tricky in places, especially for horses and donkeys and so it is suprising that Rockeries was used so heavily when Ntonjelane had until then been the traditional pass for local traffic.

Tony, is Ntonjelane still heavily used and is it used by pack animals? Has it replaced Rockeries or is there traffic on both?

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