Mafadi 3451m via Judge Pass and Leslies’ Pass hike. Grade AHere we describe a circular hike, which ascends Mafadi, the highest peak in South Africa. The hike also gives access to
From the Injasuthi office, walk back along the tar road for 900m to the concrete road bridge over the Injasuthi river and turn right onto a well marked path. After 1km, cross to the south bank of the Injasuthi River and follow this all the way
to a crossing point over the eMbovaneni River (1.15hrs from the office). Immediately on the other side the path splits, go left here. (To the right takes you to Battle Cave, the Lower Injasuthi Cave and the NW Ridge of the Western Triplet.) Having turned left follow the path to Centenary Hut and then up to which leads to the contour path, (4 hrs from the office). Centenary Hut is disused and in a bad state of repair at the time of writing. There are plans to get it into an acceptable state. It is possible to bivvy on the verandah or use the hut for shelter. Many parties stop here for the first night if doing a circular hike of Mafadi. From Centenary Hut, hike up a few hundred metres to the contour path, and head in a southerly direction to the base of Judge Pass, (2hrs). Ascend Judge Pass by gaining a well worn, and often eroded
path, on the south side of the valley. This path ascends steeply up until turning left and through a narrow section before the summit is reached, (4.5hrs from hut).
From the pass summit, head north again through typical Lesotho alpine heath country to the summit of Mafadi. The peak itself is a very insignificant, flat-topped summit, (6.5hrs from the hut). Then hike back east to the Upper Injasuthi Cave. This is a large, and well sheltered place that looks out over the Triplets and the Injasuthi River far below. This would normally be the second night stop. Some groups choose to spend the night in the cave and then ascend Mafadi the next morning. Water is available 500m away in the valley below the cave.On the third day, hike north along the watershed and pass Hilton the top of Hilton Rock Pass (2hrs from cave) then down into a valley and up to Leslie’s Pass top (4hrs from cave). Hike down to Marble Baths Cave, (8hrs from cave). The top of