The Menzi ridge route: top section

25 km, 1200 m ascent, 5 L water per person, 9.5 hrs

Our longest day out yet, setting out at 5:30 am to get to the ridge between the Menzi and the Chirwe river valleys.

No detailed maps, no guide books; just photos from walks around the western side of the Menzi valley, Google Earth to look for any paths and download them into the Garmin.



The high plateau before the ridge: As ever it is a surprise to find ‘nearly level’ grazing this high up.

The high plateau


A brief diversion to over look Nyangani

Looking approx SW to Mount Nyangani
Logging around the upper tributaries of the Chirwe river


Menzi ridge top section

The very start of the Menzi ridge looking north east

Along the ridge




Views down to Menzi – looking approx north east

Views across to Chirwe – looking south east

My ‘drone’ shots over the pending ridge; actually taken from the top of ‘the steep section’. One of the pitfalls adventures inherent in ‘navigating by Google Earth’! (There is one more to come as we walk out.)


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