The Menzi ridge route: walking out

Looking back at the end of the ridge you can see why we took the southern spur down – out of sight in this picture of the northern side: the cliffs on the northern (and eastern) faces.


Eastern end of the Menzi ridge, north side


Next time we’re going to backtrack on the ridge and take this northward spur.

Northward spur coming off the Menzi ridge before the end.

Pretty good view back to the start of the ridge

View back up to the the start of the ridge, from down in the Menzi valley


View back up to the the start of the ridge, from the Menzi valley

End of the ridge pointing into the Gairezi valley.

Eastern end of the Menzi ridge, north side, from part way across the Menzi valley

Now we have to start looking northwards on the long hot trek across the Menzi valley.

The long hot tramp out across the Menzi valley

Reaching up the valley to the inhabited zone

Rondavels on the way up Dazi side


Rondavel and strawberry patch on the way up Dazi side

Don’t get too comfortable, it really is this steep in places – look at the upright stalk of the fern lower right corner!

It really is this steep and bothersome


Part way up Dazi side it levels out briefly. You can see the ascent ahead.


Our regular rest stop to re-hydrate by this potato munda


Dazi rondavels and the end of the Menzi ridge


Classic view out over the Menzi ridge


Climbing up Dazi side now and looking back at the Menzi ridge


Tree fern, mufenje, aloe, more tree ferns


Interesting type of fern that grows on shaded and south facing older trees. This in a grove over a Shona ‘pit’ structure in the ground


Relief for the dogs anyway


We took the shaded walk out


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