I am interested to do a 3-day hike in Drakensberg (Upper Tugela Area) during August. Me and my buddies are quite experienced and fit, but we have never hiked in Drakensberg before.
I did use the search function and numerous google searches, but did not get all info I require.
My suggested route will be from Mnweni Police Post, along Mnweni Pass, a day excurstion to Icidi Pass, along Rockeries Pass and Fangs Pass, and back to Mnweni Police Post. I use Google and an outdated 1989 edition of The Complete Guide to Walks and Trails in Southern Africa as my references and therefore don't know if these trails are still accessible.
My questions for the expert hikers on the forum are:
- Are these trails accessible for a private hiking party? And where do I purchase a permit for this area?
- Would a basic 1:50000 topographic map (those at a CNA) and compass be sufficient for this route? I have heard of some scary getting-lost stories
- We would really like to spend a night in Ledger's Cave, is the cave near our route?
- Where is the best starting point and parking? I just assumed the police post at Mnweni would be a good place.