These two photos are taken about half way up a kopjie in the Matopos very near to Lumeni Falls.
People’s fields are laid out with contour ridges to stop erosion of the thin granite soils.
With the heavy rains, the water slowly seeps out of these hillslopes and the bigger rivers they feed, run year round. Matopos is a lovely place for trampers and serious climbers.
Roads wind around the kopjies in the Matopos – some of them are HUGE.
And sometimes when they cant do anything else, they have to go THROUGH a kopjie! In the photo above, the road has been paved.
And here, the rocks have been blasted apart by dynamite!
In the foreground, you can see our car tracks – here the road is where you find it!
The “gateway to Matopos…”
I took the above photo of the road directly in front of the car…
The views from Lumeni are varied, the dense tree cover providing shade for most of the walk.
Lumeni Falls overlook Nswazi.
The stream disappears under a heap of boulders for a couple of hundred metres and then almost immediately plunges off the edge of a huge boulder.
Above is where it comes out of the boulders.
And tumbles over the edge…
Our guide for the climb…
I took this photo above Lumeni Falls (above.)
Taken in Matopos…
The tree on the left is locally called an “ihabahaba tree.” Monkey Bread tree (English name) is high in protein and can be collected and milled for cattle feed. With the very good season we’ve had, these trees are laden.
I love the tree colour that matches the rock above.
This photo was taken near to Zhilo school near Lumeni Falls.
Mostly the road in the Matopos keep to valleys, until they cant! Then they go through kopjies.
People walk far with large loads on their heads.
Named after the wife of the first “Native Administrator” for the area, Diana’s Pools are a series of natural pools in the Matopos.
As children we sat on plastic fertilizer bags and slid down the rocks. They get quite slippery with green slime, later in the season and one can end up going at some speed towards the end!
There are camping sites along the bank – its lovely for a braai lunch here, and equally nice to spend the night. Its a great place for kids to explore on their own.
This kopie (above) is a great one for the more experienced climbers.
We walked down to the orbicular granite (its not that far from the pools and lazy me went most of the way in the car!!)
This photo is taken overlooking the Esigodini Valley – my home town!!!!
Overlooking the Umzingwane valley.
Magnificent Matopos (above)