Elevation: 2,485 ft
GPS: -26.489, 31.35 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Matt Clay on Nov 2, 2018
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Description

Mostly a bouldering area with a remote feel, despite being right on the outskirts of the second largest city in the country, Manzini. Although there isn't a ton of exposed rock compared to areas like the Ezulwini Valley, the rock that is here is much better quality. Several easy, potentially classic lines have been cleaned and established, with some significantly harder lines remaining untouched. Take a machete or bush knife for clearing brush and small trees (and potential personal protection from animals and thugs) as this area likely hasn't seen traffic in a few years.

There is some longer, low angle granite cliffs that can be seen in winter from the MR3. There may be a few short traditional lines available here, but significant time would need to invested for clearing an approach and cleaning rock. It is possible to scramble (solo easy 5th class) the whole face, but much of the difficulty comes from no clear lines and fighting the vegetation.

Getting There

Approximately 1km from the first traffic light (robot) in Manzini when approaching the west (Mbabane/Ezulwini) on the MR3 there is a dirt pulloff on the left. There is a billboard up on the hill and some ruined buildings. Drive up the dirt path into what used to be a quarry of sorts. Park where ever you think your car will be safest. As you walk towards the hill/billboard you will see a well-worn foot path. Follow this path up and over the hill with the MR3 on your right. After 5-10 minutes you will come to large grove of trees and scrub that overlooks the city of Manzini. The boulders are mostly within this grove.

The cliffs will be on your left as you hike over the hill, and will be visible to some degree depending on the season.

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