Chris and I have done many wilderness hikes in the central Drakensberg. The mountains are very dramatic here.
We started from Monks Cowl campsite, and hiked past Crystal Falls, Blind Man’s Corner, Hlathikulu Nek to Keith Bush Camp. This route has always been one of my favourites in the Berg.
We overnighted at Keith Bush Camp. The next day, we walked to Intunja, carrying only our day packs.
Why is Intunja so special? It is 2 408m high and it has a hole in the rock near the top. The hole looks like “The eye in the needle”, as is the meaning of the name.
Our excitement was short lived to be on top of Intunja. A helicopter with tourists arrived on the scene and as we stood on the peak, the helicopter circled above us. They stole our peace! With all this noise around us, we took photos of each other and not of the helicopter. We also explored inside the hole.
After this, we walked back to Keith Bush Camp where we spent the night. We could not get over the noisy incident. At least, we had a peaceful night!