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 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.
Luckily there is a more direct route straight up from the lodge, starting with a steep footpath through coffee-banana-cardamom plots close to the lower northern crest. The crux is that along the escarpment there are a few difficult spots where you may come close to the precipice and you have to negotiate the ravines to get to the highest viewpoint. So 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 Northern route up to the lower viewpoint (the red track 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 have gotten lost in the shrubs.
Download the traced routes here: