Area: Bushmans Nek

Andre's Knob

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Andre's Knob

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Accessible from Bushmans Nek. A 3 day hike to the top would make for an enjoyable outing.
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Bushman's Cave

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Bushman's Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

North-facing, providing views of Ngwangwe Peak and Walker's Peak.
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Bushman's Cave (via Slab Cave) Hike

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

This is a moderate hike of 9.6km to Bushmans Cave. You can either return the same day, overnight in the Cave or make this day 1 of a multi day hike in the Bushman's Nek area. The views in the valley along the way are stunning and once just above the Cave the southern escarpment views towards Rhino and Hodgson's peaks ...
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Bushman's Nek Hut

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

The hut accommodates up to 30 people and is situated just off the main route of the Giant's Cup Trail, slightly above the South African border post and overlooking the Bushman's River and views of the far southern drakensberg.Thaba Ngwangwe and Tomathu Peak can also be seen up on the escarpment on either side of Ngwang ...
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Bushman's Nek Pass

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Bushman's Nek Pass is situated on a path towards the Sehlabathebe National Park in Lesotho. The route is suitable for hiking and horse riding.
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Bushman's Nek Pass Hike

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

The Bushman's Nek Pass is suitable for hiking and horse riding. The hike from Bushamn's Nek camp to the top of the pass is 8km with a total elevation gain of 679m making this a moderatley difficult hike. The first half of the hike takes you past Cedric's Pool and is relatively flat, the next 3km are steep to the top o ...
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Bushmans Nek Nature Reserve

PO Box 378, , KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Situated in the Bushman's Nek Valley, wildlife commonly seen in the Bushman's Nek area is varied, and includes eland, reedbuck, grey rhebok, oribi and klipspringer, as well as dassie and porcupine. Jackal buzzard and black eagle may be seen soaring above the slopes. The streams are full of trout. Bushman's Nek also pr ...
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Cedric's Pool Hike

A popular pool only 4.5 km from Bushman's Nek camp. The pool is apparently named after Cedric Biggs, a leader of the Mountain Backpackers Club some years ago, who was known for plunging through the ice into the freezing pool. It's also referred to as "Three pools" on some of the Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife maps and literatu ...
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Gargoyle Cave

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Gargoyle Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Gargoyle cave (a large boulder) is about 700m in a westerly direction from Tarn Cave on roughly the same altitude.
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Goats Cave

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Goats Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Goats cave is at the top of Lammergeier pass. The views from the cave are stunning. The cave overhang is low and as the name implies its often used as a shelter for Goats so be prepared to rather use a tent than sleep in the cave which can be very messy.
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Goats Cave Hike (via Thamathu cave)

Two routes are possible, one via Lammergeier Cave or via Thamathu Cave. The route via Thamathu cave is recommended as a path can be followed the whole way. The hike via Lammergeier cave has no path for about half the hike and unless you know the area well and have a good map this route should not be attempted.
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Halfway/Slab Cave (Fisherman's Cave)

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

A narrow cave on the path about half way towards Ngwangwane Pass (Bushman's Pass).
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Halfway/Slab Cave (Fisherman's Cave) Hike

A great day hike that's easy and suitable for younger children. As you walk along the Bushman's Nek River and deeper into the valley you will get a great feeling of being outdoors. Some of the gallery pictures show the area when it had snowed. The snow was 3 foot deep near Halfway/Slab cave and no path could be found, ...
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Isicatula Pass

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Isicatula Pass

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

The Isicatula Pass is found in the Bushman's Nek area. This pass descends from the escarpment into Lesotho by means of a narrow and steep gully.
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Isicatula Peak

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Isicatula Peak

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Isicatula peak is considered a hard non-technical khulu, located in the Bushman's Nek area. 
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Jonathan's Gate Pass

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Jonathan's Gate Pass is situated in the South of the Berg in the Bushman's Nek area. It was once an active stock theft route.
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Knuckles Pass (North)

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Knuckles Pass (North) is located in the Bushman's Nek area. There is no visible trail.
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Knuckles Pass (South)

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Knuckles South Pass is an easier, grassy pass without a trail than the north pass route.
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Knuckles Traverse Pass

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Knuckles Traverse Pass is located in the Bushman's Nek just left of Lammergeier pass and goats cave.
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Lammergeier Cave

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Lammergeier Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Lammergeier Cave in Bushamns Nek is a stunning cave, it must be the longest cave in all the Drakensberg.  The cave is found on the Lammergeier Pass route. The cave could fit 50 people but 12 is the maximum allowed by Ezemvelo. A stream is below the cave all year and the sunrise in the mornings are a must to see. ...
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Lammergeier Cave Hike

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

A strenuous 9.5km hike from Buskman's Nek Camp. A Map and knowledge of the area is necessary as no path exists in parts. The total elevation gain is 645 meters, no part of the hike is downhill. The cave could fit 50 people but 12 is the maximum allowed by Ezemvelo. A stream is below the cave all year and the sunrise i ...
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Lammergeier Pass

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Lammergeier Pass

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Lammergeier Pass is located in the Bushman's Nek and is a relatively easy pass, however the last 1km on a steep uphill from Lammergeier cave has no visible path. At the top of the pass you will see goats cave on your right.
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Lammergeier Pass Hike (incl Goats Cave)

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

From Bushman's Nek camp is a very strenuous 10.6 km hike. A Map and knowledge of the area is necessary as no path exists in parts. The total elevation gain is 859 meters, no part of the hike is downhill. At the top of the pass you will see Goats cave on your right.
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Langalibalele

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Langalibalele

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Langalibalele is in the Bushman Nek area.
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Mystery Shelter

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Mystery Shelter

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Mystery shelter in in the Bushman's Nek area. Mystery Shelter is one of only three shelters known inside the Drakensberg that includes several layers of painting, the one executed over the other. This is called super-positioning. A study of super-positioning can be used to date Bushman images indirectly based on style ...
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Ngwangwane Pass (Bushman's Pass)

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Ngwangwane Pass is also known as Bushman's Pass has no trail but is a relatively easy and flat pass.
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Ngwangwe Cave

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Ngwangwe Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Ngwangwe Cave is near the top of Ngwangwe peak which is access from the Ngwangwane Pass (Bushman's Pass) in Bushmans Nek. The cave offers reasonable shelter for 4 people.
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Painter's Cave

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Painter's Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Painter's Cave is in the Bushman's Nek area. Interpretation by Celeste Rossouw: In the contact period and especially after the arrival of the Europeans, Bushman groups changed from being hunter-gatherers to being raiders and traders for the sake of their survival. Bushman raiders kept the horses for themselves as ho ...
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Saddle Nek Pass

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Saddle Nek Pass

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

The Saddle Nek Pass is located in the Bushman's Nek region of the Drakensberg.
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Senotlolong (Thamathu) Peak

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Senotlolong (Thamathu) Peak is in the Bushmans Nek area.
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Senotlolong Shelter

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Senotlolong Shelter is in Lesotho just after Thamathu Pass. It is small and can be used for shelter, your best options for caves to sleep in are Thamatsu Cave lower down or Goats Cave or Ngwangwe cave.
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Surprise Cave

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Surprise Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Surprise Cave is in the Bushman's Nek area. The cave is 280m further up Lammergeier Pass from Lammergeier Cave. The cave provides reasonable shelter from the weather, has a small section at the back where about 4 people could sleep. It looks like the cave could be damp in summer. No name had been given to this cave, h ...
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Tarn Cave

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Tarn Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Tarn Cave is in the Bushmans Nek area, this cave offers excellent views, a level sleeping area and good protection from the elements.
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Tarn Cave Hike

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Tarn Cave Hike

Tarn Cave is a great cave to stay overnight in the Bushman's Nek area. The hike is 8.9km's to the cave with an elevation gain of 661m along the way, a slow and easy pace and you will be there in around 4 hours.
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Tarn Cave Pass

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Tarn Cave Pass

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Tarn Cave Pass does not have a proper and obvious path to follow. The cave is named Tarn Cave because of the small mountain pools above it. From the cave's inner sanctum are beautiful views of the Devil's Knuckles.
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Thaba Ngwangwe

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Thaba Ngwangwe

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Thaba Ngwangwe is in the Bushmans Nek area.
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Thaba Ntsu/Devil's Knuckles

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Thaba Ntsu/Devil's Knuckles is in the Bushmans Nek area. The South Knuckle is the most topographically prominent 3000m peak in South Africa.
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Thamathu Cave

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Thamathu Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Thamathu Cave is in the Bushmans Nek area. The cave is about 7km from the parking lot and its uphill almost all the way to the cave. Further on from the cave is Thamathu pass. The cave is large, split into 4 sections and a semi level area near the front. The views and sunrise from the cave make the hike up the hill wor ...
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Thamathu Cave & Lammergeier Cave Hike

A circular 3 day hike in the Bushman's Nek area. Day 1 is a moderately severe 4-5 hrs hike (10 km's) This hike follows a well-defined path on the northern flank of the Thomathu Ridge. The cave faces north-east and sleeps up to 12 people. The cave is not very deep though and strong winds can be a problem. Day 2 hike to ...
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Thamathu Cave Hike

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

A moderately severe 4-5 hrs hike (10 km's) This hike follows a well-defined path on the northern flank of the Thomathu Ridge. The cave faces north-east and sleeps up to 12 people. The cave is not very deep though and strong winds can be a problem.
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Thamathu Pass

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Thamathu Pass

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Thamathu is a long pass up from Bushman's Nek up the ridge to the top of the escarpment. It is a relatively easy pass. The views on the way up and at the top are lovely.
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Thamathu Pass Hike

Thamathu is a long pass up from Bushman's Nek up the ridge to the top of the escarpment. It is a relatively easy pass. The views on the way up and at the top are lovely. Along the way you pass Thamathu Cave, a good place to have a rest and take in the views before doing the final 3 km's.
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Vast Cave

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Vast Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Vast Cave is in the Bushmans Nek area, the cave is 6km from Bushmans Nek offices. The hike is easy, the last bit is uphill and you will find a huge deep cave that offers excellent shelter in any weather.
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