Mlilwane off the beaten track * The Tunnel Hike @NHSE
Oktober 4 @ 07:30 - 13:30E30 – E65
Off the beaten track: Mlilwane Wanderung abseits der ausgetretenen Wege
This is a new walk for the Society, exploring the old railway tunnels that were built to carry iron ore from Ngwenya to Mpaka in 1963. We will drive to Aloe House within Mlilwane Sanctuary and walk from there.
After approximately 3 km walk towards the old entrance, and a gentle steady climb along the Lusushwana River, we turn off to the left, cross over the railway line and start to explore two of the three tunnels. On exiting the second tunnel we will take a small animal trail to the right and join the 4×4 trail that will take us up the hillside over the railway line and meet the Kudu trail.
On exiting the second tunnel we will take a small animal trail to the right and join the 4×4 trail that will take us up the hillside over the railway line and meet the Kudu trail.
The Society thanks Chris Scott-Long and Mlilwane Sanctuary for clearing alien vegetation to make the tunnels accessible.
The total distance is 10km with an elevation difference of 250m and should take about 4 hours.
Please carry, in a suitable backpack, a supply of water, snacks, a wide brimmed hat and sun protection. We request that participants bring at least 1.5 liters of water and recommend a hiking pole. For the tunnels please bring a small torch although there is very limited light at the end of the tunnel.
Traveling from Mbabane: 20 min each way. Members – no charge, guests E40. A fee to enter Mlilwane will be payable at the entrance. Wild cards are accepted. Please have the correct amount ready.
Meet at the Theatre Club in Mbabane at 7.30 am for departure at 7.45 sharp or at the Mlilwane gate at 8.15.
For further details contact Caroline Sullivan – WhatsApp +268 7602 8066.