Called Balla Balla in pre-Independence days, Mbalabala has a few of the Matopos-like boulder/outcrops…(often called “Dwala” in the local language isNdebele) dotted about…
The area we were working in is communal land, commonly called “makaya” or “homes.” People from this area are offered a place to grow their maize, graze their cattle and build their home, either by a local chief or the District Administrator.
We were there to site a borehole for the Seventh Day Adventist Church. Since a site wasn’t found immediately, and another survey was required, I decided to climb higher to get a better view…up here this hill is called Tshakambeba. (Not sure on the spelling on there!)
I stopped and took photos all the way up the hill. Hey – I need to breathe!
First stop was this lovely shady tree and flat rock to lie on!
Half way up – I spied this tree…
It’s more of a bush, although you cant really see that from this pic – only about two metre tall. The hills around Esigodini are clear on this photo, although seen from a different angle than usual.
Its a little difficult, crab walking along the rock surface
I made it to the top and the other side is an awful lot steeper than the one I climbed!
That road you can see down there comes out right at Mbalabla.
I’m pretty scared of heights, so I didn’t go any closer to the edge than this…
Going down isn’t that much easier than going up…esp when you have to stumble over these kinds of loose rocks. Very strange shaped rocks too – almost like salad bowls and meat platters on a giants’ lunch table!