Follow this link or click any of the pictures: Memories of Honde Valley, Wamba tea estate and Aberfoyle Lodge
I only had the 35mm lens on so there is not enough resolution for full size images.
This is a bit hard core, but it will make you feel just like a hobbit on a very long journey.
Turns out to be 28 kms of walking and 900+ metres of combined ascending. The vertical height difference being 500m between the school and Nyangani Park. 3.5 hours on the way down and 4 hours on the way back. The longest stretch was the flattish section of the whole valley, National Park and Bepe Park, which seems to take half-an-hour longer than it ‘should’.
Plenty of Shona stone work: terracing and walls all through the upper reaches of the valley, with one amazing find – an intact rectangular hole through to the tunnel underneath; just like the one in the poorly named ‘Shona Pit Structures’ in the main National Park.
After visiting in Nyanga you make the brave decision to walk back up!
Here are links to four or five walks that you should consider seriously in order to fully explore the town of Nyanga. There is much more to offer than stopping to pick up provisions.
First: Nyamhuka Hill. One hour at most will get you up and back with some of the best photos ever on your phone or camera. I’m sure the special ‘selfie’ cameras will be in use too!
Second: Bepe Peak. Three hours or more. Fairly easy to get up, if you are fit, from the end of the Bepe Park road.
Third: The adventure day – Nyamakanga Mountain. Five hours. Route finding required through the lower sections on the way up. Just look at the pictures though:
Walk four will take you up from Nyanga onto the escarpment in the Connemara area. Slight scramble required at the top.
Then there is Nyanga Rock. One for you to figure out.
The lesser visited, far more extensive and much wilder of the two forts on offer in the National Park. The path in is a bit of a bear – retract / pull in your wing mirrors (medium wattle encroaching the side of the track) and raise the suspension / use a high clearance vehicle (small wattle and scrub down the middle of the track will brush off the mud). The car park is a single track turning circle which could be awkward if more than one party or car want to leave early.
Recently trodden down human ‘pathways’ were the only clue to a tough-going, bumpy, wide circumnavigation of the obvious walls starting at the west side. Some loop holes remaining, with flat lintels above – see pics. Looked like additional walls or terraces submerged by vegetation or earth on this western side. Some exotic plants including an unavoidable manic succulent type thing underfoot and these yellow flowers everywhere.
This good – even in the dry season!