In those moments you look at the rock and you think, “I wish I was up there”.
But how? One would think the top would be easily accessed from the more gently sloping backside, but that is not the case. The slopes are covered in dense Black Wattle bush with no clear paths. It’s not hard to walk through the bush but you can’t see where you’re heading and as you come closer to the edge there are deep ravines that you have to pass on the right side. We are many who have given up when we were almost there.
There is a more direct route from the North, starting with a steep footpath ending close to the lower northern crest. The crux is that along the escarpment there are a few difficult spots where you walk (or more like crawl in my case) a bit too close to the precipice for comfort and, again, it is not obvious how to negotiate the ravines to get to the second, higher viewpoint.
Yesterday we mapped these routes together with our neighbour George, born and raised on this very mountainside. Lushoto tour guide Anthony and four brave guests also joined.
We ascended along the steep, short Northern route up to the lower viewpoint (see route 1 on the map). From there we crossed over to the highest viewpoint and returned through the bush more to the North. This latter route is not difficult but without George we would, without doubt, have gotten lost.
Now we finally have safe GPS trails leading up to the viewpoint, that you can download to your phone in GPX format.