Mnweni Fire

25 Jul 2012 08:42 #54700 by jamcligeo
Mnweni Fire was created by jamcligeo
Hi

Just thought I would share my experience of Mnweni this last weekend.

I walked the following route starting on Saturday 21st

From Mnweni visitors centre, heading towards Mnweni pass, spending the night at Shepards cave.
heading up the Mweni river we encountered quite a few local guys heading up towards the cutback, most with hunting dogs, apparently there were about 20 guys up there doing some hunting, they said they would be heading back at about 4pm.

We arrived at the cave at about 1 30 pm and noticed large parts of the lower cutback ablaze, the guys seemed to have set the velt alight to flush out the wildlife.

At about 4 15, we saw the first of the guys heading back down the river, and this is were things go pear shaped, as they went down the valley they set the velt alight, literally 200m from Shepards cave, with the wind pumping and the grass about 1,5m high, we had a bit of a problem, by this stage they had set the velt above us, in front of us and below us alight, we were pretty much trapped in Shepards cave, within minutes the fire reached the cave, we just had to sit tight, and try prevent our stuff catching fire from all the ash. We were lucky to get away with only minor equipment damage, and even luckier we weren't camping in the velt.

So be very aware of velt fires in the berg, especialy in the Mnweni area.

The rest of the hike up Mnweni pass to Mponjwane cave and down Rockeries was absolutely fantastic, a really amazing part of the Berg!!
The following user(s) said Thank You: diverian, plouw, Bigsnake, Smurfatefrog

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25 Jul 2012 10:08 #54701 by diverian
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The sooner KZN Wildlife actually take "control"of this area the better!!!!

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25 Jul 2012 10:22 #54702 by tiska
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02 Aug 2012 20:31 #54782 by intrepid
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Welcome to VE jamcligeo and thanks for the update.

We are definitely into "blow and glow" season and this account serves as a good opportunity to remind everyone to be on the alert for fires. Things are extra dry this season.

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

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