Dagga Nek Pass

21 Jul 2015 11:24 #64603 by ghaznavid
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I am sure there is a thread about this pass somewhere on VE, but I can't find it.

I am looking for all the details that I can get on Dagga Nek Pass - how to get there, does it have a trail, what is it like, how long is it, even the name of of the endangered flower that only grows on its north facing banks (if such a flower exists) :laugh:

All info is really helpful and appreciated.

Also - are there any good caves between Dagga Nek and Namahadi?

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21 Jul 2015 23:40 #64618 by intrepid
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The land accessing the pass from below belongs (or perhaps used to belong) to a chap who called the area the "Maluti Caves Trail". There used to be a website for it which seems to have vanished, but you will still come across references and write-ups such as this one (which has a lot info that will help you):
www.footprint.co.za/maluticaves.htm

There were three huts in the area with very nice facilities, but I am not sure what the current status is of this place since I haven't been there for some time. The Tseke hut was the first hut and general parking spot - you get there by driving through Phuthaditjhaba, there is a critical turn-off from the usual road going to Witsieshoek, just after a bridge. There is a 4x4 track leading to the Mkhondo hut, which is near the base of the pass. I haved used that track before with a vehicle but cannot comment on the current status. From Mkhondo hut it is very straightforward and relatively quick to get up the pass. The pass itself is easy and has a trail - it is also easily identified from the Mkhondo hut area (which may or may not be overgrown depending on traffic). Talking about flowers, there is a spot on route where the Watsonias seem to flourish.

There is a small cave near the top of the pass, not the nicest and most cheerful. There are caves on route to Namahadi from there - a good one being just before the rise leading up to the flatish ridge extending from Namahadi summit.

There are two maps, the one as a JPEG attached, also readily found on the web, as well as the PDF version which I have also attached. Note Thaba Putswa hut is Mkhondo hut.


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23 Jul 2015 09:57 #64634 by ghaznavid
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Just managed to get hold of Jacana - the company through whom the Maluti Caves Trail used to be booked. They tell me the huts have all burned down and the trail has been closed.

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23 Jul 2015 10:04 - 23 Jul 2015 10:05 #64635 by ghaznavid
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Dave G has just sent me this photo of the pass:


Looks pretty straightforward. Apparently it starts around 2000m and tops out around 2900m. Should be pretty easy.

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23 Jul 2015 15:52 #64642 by intrepid
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ghaznavid wrote: Just managed to get hold of Jacana - the company through whom the Maluti Caves Trail used to be booked. They tell me the huts have all burned down and the trail has been closed.

I feared as much but did not have reliable info to go by. I'm guessing this means you can't safely leave your car at Tseke hut, so you will have to arrange a drop off from Witsieshoek for example.

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23 Aug 2015 22:14 #64844 by ghaznavid
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My GPS track for this pass is now under the downloads section of the forum.

I rate this pass is worth giving a go - for those of you who enjoy trying something different :thumbsup:

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14 Jul 2016 18:50 - 06 Jan 2019 04:11 #69154 by AndrewP
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Here is the trip report from when Ghaz and I did Dagga Nek Pass in Aug 2015
www.vertical-endeavour.com/forum/drakenberg-trips-free-state-berg/55863-free-state-traverse-flames-in-transit.html
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