Ngaqamadola Pass North
elinda wrote: Hi Dillon, thanks for pointing this out. We live and learn and I had thought this was the North variation. I have gone back and looked at the other photos from this trip and have found these, which shows the North variation more clearly. Very interesting! Have you done both these passes?
I wonder if the gully to the North is doable?
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Take nothing but litter, leave nothing but a cleaner Drakensberg.
North Ngaqamadolo Pass is a fairly standard Berg grass gully - it is a bit steep in the middle. I had a very light pack and Michael just carried a water bottle (his emergency gear was in my pack). We did the full 3km loop up one down the other in 2h58.
We stayed north of the gully till the rocky bit in the middle. We stayed in the boulder field for a very short while until bypassing it to the left became viable. Once above the boulder field, it is just a grass bank to the top. The views with the cliffs above you are great - and the valley below the pass is spectacular. The pass itself isn't particularly incredible by Berg standards, but is worth it if you are in the area.
There is a cave around 2500m, it looked alright, some rocks would have to be moved to make it better - but you could get 4 people into it.
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