Drakensberg Caves

Camping in some of these caves is prohibited because of environmental impact damage, the presence of Bushman paintings in or near the caves, or the proximity of the caves to other large public campsites. The general rule is that no overnight camping is permitted in caves containing Bushman paintings. In most other cases it is quite permissible to stay overnight in an unlisted cave, provided the maximum of 12 people is never exceeded.
The making of fires is prohibited, and this applies to campfires in caves as well. A list of caves that can be booked with Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife can be viewed here.
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Hlathimbe Cave (South)

Hlathimbe Cave (South)

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Hlathimbe Cave (South) is found at the top to Hlathimbe South Pass in the Lotheni area.
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Hospitalspruit Cave / Knuffel’s Shelter

Hospitalspruit Cave / Knuffel’s Shelter

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Hospitalspruit Cave also known as Knuffel’s Shelter is in the Monks Cowl area and provides excellent shelter and has a level floor.
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Icidi Cave

Icidi Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Icidi Cave is found 310m above Icidi pass towards Icidi Crown (North Easterly direction) along a long rock band.
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Icidi Pass Cave

Icidi Pass Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

A small cave just before the top of Icidi Pass on the left side of the pass. You would be better of hiking about 360m further towards Icidi Cave itself.
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Ifidi Cave

Ifidi Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

The true Ifidi cave, not always found. This large cave can accommodate at least 6 people and offers reasonable shelter. There is enough space to put up a tent if needed. The views from the cave and morning sunrise make the effort to find this elusive cave well worth while.
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Ifidi Cave (Annex)

Ifidi Cave (Annex)

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Not the true Ifidi cave but does offer shelter for about 4 people. The true Ifidi cave is about 280m further in a South Easterly direction.
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Injisuthi Summit Cave (Upper)

Injisuthi Summit Cave (Upper)

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Injusuthi Summit Cave at 3289m is the highest cave in the Drakensberg. The cave offers good shelter and out of this world views.
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Irish Cave

Irish Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
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A hollowed out rock cave in Lesotho roughly 1.8km from Tarn cave with a hole in the middle but still offers enough space for 6 people. GPS Coordinates kindly updated by Derek Ridge.
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Jarateng Cave

Jarateng Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Jarateng Cave is in the Giants Castle area. Picture credit thanks to Dylan Harris. The cave can sleep up to 8 people as it it quite deep and wide but fairly low. The protection is great from all elements as the entrance is almost slanted downwards with a slight overhang and acts as a barrier. Most of the heat is als ...
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John's Cave

John's Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

John's Cave is in the Garden Castle area below Little Bamboo Mountain. This caves name is given by Dave Sclanders in memory of John C. Durno (junior) who died in 1933 at 15 years of age.
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Jubilee Cave

Jubilee Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Jubilee Cave is on the Mnewni area
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Junction Cave

Junction Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Junction Cave is in the Injisuthi area, a little bit further along from Marble Baths Cave. This cave is no longer shown on maps and should be avoided because of flood danger.
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Kaula Cave

Kaula Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Kaula Cave is in the Vergelegen area. The cave is large and the floor is relatively flat.
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Lakes Cave

Lakes Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Lakes cave is 12km from the Cobham Reserve. The cave is spacious but can only sleep 8 max (2 would need to sleep on the top ledge). A river is below the cave and the views are excellent. Sunrise from above the cave is amazing with view of both the small and big berg on a clear day. If raining and windy the bottom sec ...
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Lamb Skull Cave

Lamb Skull Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Lamp Skull Cave is in the Mnweni area about 380m from the top of Pins Pass. The cave has a flat floor and offers reasonable protection from bad weather.
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Lammergeier Cave

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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Langalibalele Cave

Langalibalele Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Langalibalele Cave is in Garden Castle near the base of Langaibalele Peak. No camping is permitted due to the cave having Bushman Paintings. The exact location has not been shown.
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Ledges Cave

Ledges Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Ledges Cave offers magnificent views over Mnweni from the cave only for the brave, there is a huge drop below the cave, don't go to the edge. The 10m walk down to the cave is not to bad and anyone looking to try something different will enjoy this adventure. The path down to the cave can be difficult to find from the ...
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Lotheni Cave

Lotheni Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Lotheni Cave sleeps 4 people and is found near the top between the Lotheni Gully and Lotheni South pass route.
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Lower Injisuthi Cave

Lower Injisuthi Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

The Lower Injisuthi Cave sleeps 12 people and offers level floors and good protection from the elements.
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Lower Ndumeni Cave 1

Lower Ndumeni Cave 1

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

The two lower caves at the top of Thuthumi pass are very close to each other and each sleep 4 people.
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Lower Ndumeni Cave 2

Lower Ndumeni Cave 2

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

The two lower caves at the top of Thuthumi pass are very close (35m) from each other and each sleep 4 people.
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Lynx Cave

Lynx Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Lynx cave is between Hlathimbe Pass and Mlahlangubo Pass about 70 meters below the top of the escarpment. The cave offers good shelter in bad weather, has a level floor but may be damp in summer.
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Mahai Cave

Mahai Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Mahai Cave is in the Royal Natal area about 500m below Mahai falls.
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