Esandleni Hike

📍Mqeku Picnic Site, Valley of a Thousand Hills

The last of the outdoor activities during our @greencorridors camp @mqekupicnicsite891 , this was a fitting way to end our escapade.

🥳Fun factor: a much easier hike than Enhlanhleni, this one can be enjoyed by everyone….as long as you don’t mind getting wet. The river crossings are what made this one memorable, as was the free flowing information about the natural environment shared by our guides Sibusiso and Thulas.

🏋🏾‍♀️Fitness level: a gentle one that can be enjoyed by all.

👧🏾 Suitability for kids: yes. We hiked with Sibusiso’s 11 year old son, and given how flat and open the terrain is, younger kids could easily manage. The only factor to consider are the numerous river crossings some of which would require you to piggy back little ones under 5yo.

💸Cost: part of the @greencorridoors package. Alternatively, contact Sibusiso Shangase who manages the picnic site for day enquiries.

🤩 What we loved most:
– We did TEN river crossings in total and didn’t get tired of it.
– Esandleni refers to a rock face that looks like it has a hand naturally imprinted in it. It’s peculiar yet interesting & has apparently been a fascination for locals for many years.
– Sibusiso and @thulas.luthuli kept us enthralled describing trees, plants, animals and insects that we passed as we walked the trail. Without this information, the hike would not have been as enjoyable as it was.

🚦What you need to know: There are no trail signs to direct you making this is a guided hike that needs to be led by a local.

In short: a fitting end to an epic 24hours.

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100 outdoor activities in 100 days! Mqeku picnic site for the win 🤸🏾‍♀️☀️😆