History Society conquers Ngwenya Mountain
MBABANE - The Natural History Society of Swaziland made it to the second highest peak of Swaziland yesterday.
The peak named Ngwenya Mountain is 1 828 metres above sea level and it is situated along the crocodile shaped ridge of mountains along the Swaziland and South African border.
The hike undertaken by about 40 members started from the old open cast iron ore mine within Malolotja Nature Reserve and led past the famous lion cavern. It was reportedly named by miners of that time after their favourite beer ‘Lion Lager’.
The weather being favourable was not too hot when the hike set off just after 10am with a pace rather fast for some who quickly showed signs of fatigue.
Walking through the tranquil scenery of Malolotja, the hikers were lucky to spot a few herds of wild antelope tentatively identified by a member of the group as Steenbok and a troupe of baboons perched on a ridge- top watching them pass by.
The slopes and valleys overlooking South Africa showed a wide variety of outcrops arrayed with gold/yellow/ brown colours of the dry winter.
The hikers finally made it to the top just before lunch where they rested, had lunch and enjoyed the view stretching as far back as Hawane, Fonteyn in Mbabane, the Deipgeziet Valley in South Africa, Bulembu and Barberton.
The History Society has similar walks on the first Sunday of every month each being in a different locations and members of the public are encouraged to join.
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