Grade: Extreme
Duration: 4 to 5 days
Total distance covered: ±46.8km
Total height gain: ±2822m
(All distances should only be used as a guideline and a detailed route description will be supplied on confirmation of booking.)
What makes this special: Mafadi Peak is the highest point in South Africa at 3450masl, but don’t be fooled by its looks, as you will have to work hard for the feeling of being on top of the world with a 360 degree views all around you.
Route/Description: This is a difficult 5 day or extreme 4 day hike, and a good to fair level of fitness is required and although not a true expedition, you will need to be well prepared for all kinds of weather possibilities.
The walk starts from the Injasuthi car park and after crossing the Injasuthi River it’s an easy walk to the base of Heart Break Hill. Once on top of the Little Berg we spent our first night at Centenary Hut sleeping in tents. The old hut is unused at present and very derelict but the views are some of the best in the Drakensberg.
After breakfast and packing up camp, we walk via the contour to the base of Judges Pass where we will ascend the pass. Ascending the pass is hard work and you will cherish the down time as we make our way to our camp site. There is a reliable stream where we will pitch our tents for the night, and enough time for you to explore the escarpment.
After packing up camp we will start our ascent to the top of Mafadi that lay in front of us up the valley. Although not that steep, it will still give you a good cardio work out. Once on the summit and photo shoot, we will make our way back down to our camp site for the night at the base of Leslies Pass. The possibility to do some peak “bagging” is always on the cards, however this depends on the fitness and willingness of the group.
Don’t be fooled that day 4 is going to be easy going down, the map might only say 6km, but going down is very taxing on the knees. Once we reach the bottom of the pass we will make our way down stream to the iconic Marble Baths for our last night where we will sleep in tents or Marble Baths Cave if it is available. The swim in the natural slide is so refreshing that you would have forgotten about all the struggles in no time at all.
Our last day is a stroll compared to what we had just accomplished and joining up with the route we used on day one we will reach the Injasuthi River for our last time and a quick swim is in order before continuing to the car park.
Please note that there are a few variations available so enquire with us about what will suit you best.
Included: Park & overnight fees, rescue levy and first aid kit.
Excluded: All meals and snacks, stove & pots, sleeping bag, backpack, personal gear and equipment, personal medication and footwear.
Gear Hire is available.
Porters can be included at an additional cost.