Mnweni - Ntonjelana loop

11 Oct 2016 11:00 - 11 Oct 2016 11:08 #70008 by Viking
On the weekend of 9-11 September, Spekwurst, Mavis Morris and I did a MCSA hike meet looping Mnweni and Ntonjelana passes and overnighting in Ledgers and Easter Caves. The Friday and Sunday was very hot down in the valleys but there was a cold wind blowing up top. Saturday was wet and very misty.
Despite being charged by a hormonal teenage bull on the approach to Mlambu’s Kraal and navigating the entire Saturday in the mist, the weekend went very smoothly. Here are some photos:

A sneak peek up the Fang’s valley.


Sunset over Ledger’s Cave.


Approaching Easter Cave.


Views from Easter Cave

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11 Oct 2016 11:04 - 11 Oct 2016 11:09 #70009 by Viking
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Relaxing above Easter Cave


View towards South Saddle


Further down Ntonjelana


Proof that Dickies are worse than Hi-Tec


South Saddle and Waterfall cave


Panorama

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11 Oct 2016 11:50 #70010 by Papa Dragon
Awesome pics thanks for posting!

Proof that Dickies are worse than Hi-Tec


That's a proper takkie blow-out!!

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11 Oct 2016 15:04 - 11 Oct 2016 15:30 #70015 by tonymarshall
Interesting that you mention being charged by a teenage bull Viking. A little way up the Nceda Valley from Mlambus Kraal on our Mponjwane Pass hike the weekend before we came across a bull (quite probably the same one) that just wouldn't give way as you would normally expect. I had a very uneasy feeling from the way the bull was looking at us, and took the group around a bit of a detour up a bank and behind some trees to get past it. Once we were up the bank, he just moved away and we were fine. Just goes to show, better safe than sorry.

Hope you guys didn't come too close to serious injury.
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11 Oct 2016 15:20 #70016 by ghaznavid
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Maybe a good call we didn't throw rocks at the bull to get it to move out of our way!

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11 Oct 2016 15:49 #70017 by Viking
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tonymarshall wrote: Interesting that you mention being charged by a teenage bull Viking. A little way up the Nceda Valley from Mlambus Kraal on our Mponjwane Pass hike the weekend before we came across a bull (quite probably the same one) that just wouldn't give way as you would normally expect. I had a very uneasy feeling from the way the bull was looking at us, and took the group around a bit of a detour up a bank and behind some trees to get past it. Once we were up the bank, he just moved away and we were fine. Just goes to show, better safe than sorry.

Hope you guys didn't come too close to serious injury.


We had to stare (and shout) him down! Mavis was in front and waved her hiking poles in the air and we shouted and waved. It worked quite well and the Bull wasn't as sure of himself after that!

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