Ngwenya Iron Ore Mine Walk
This walk is led by the natural History Society of Swaziland, non-members are welcome to join for the day for a nominal fee.
Here is what the plan is:
Ngwenya Mountain in the Malolotja Nature Reserve, the crocodile shaped ridge near the border at Oshoek, is the second highest point (1828m) in Swaziland only surpassed by Emlembe at Bulembu at 1862m.
Usually we try to get away from the modern open cast iron ore mine as fast as possible for the more tranquil scenery of the Malolotja Nature Reserve. This time we will explore that Ancient Mine. The ancient mine, estimated to be at least 40 000 years old, is a lot more modest than its modern namesake, but all the more interesting for how it came about so long ago. We will start at the Information Centre for greater detail on the geology of the area and its history. A short ride will take us to the car park for a 20 minute walk to the ancient mine, which without interpretation is not much more than a hole in the wall. Historically a very significant hole in the wall and that is what we hope to explore.
Afterwards, depending on time, there is the opportunity to explore the magnificent slopes of the Ngwenya Mountains, to sit in awe at the splendid views through the valleys into South Africa.
Meet at the Mbabane Club at 8.30 for prompt departure at 8.45. Bring adequate water, snacks, sun protection, including a hat and entrance fees to Malolotja, Ngwenya gate. Travelling 30 minutes each way – hiking 4 hours.
For further details phone Ton Vriend 2404 6665 or 7603 7170.