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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Main Caves at Giant's Castle

Main Caves at Giant's Castle

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Main Caves is in the Giants Castle area. This painted shelter is easily accessed and is a short walk from the Giants Castle camp. The site is fenced and guided tours commence at the cave entrance hourly 9.00 am to 3.00 pm. They take a maximum of 13 people at a time, so get there early. This is an extensively painted ...
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Manxome Cave

Manxome Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Manxome Cave is about 150m below Manxome pass in the Mnweni area.
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Marble Baths Cave

Marble Baths Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

A lovely cave only 50m from Marble Baths, sleeps at least 8 people.Its an easy day hike to the cave and well worth staying a night over in the cave.
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Marble Baths Cave (Annex)

Marble Baths Cave (Annex)

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Smaller the Marble Baths Cave but does offer even more protection from the wind and rain. The cave top is very low in the sleeping area. Its an easy day hike to the cave and well worth staying a night over in the cave.
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Mashai Shelter

Mashai Shelter

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Located in Garden Caslte as the top of Mashai Pass this small 2 man shelter may offer a little protection from the elements.
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Mbundini 2 Cave

Mbundini 2 Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Found just after Five Star Cave (50m further up) heading towards Fangs and Mbundini pass in Mnweni. Mbundini Cave is found near the top of the pass.
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Mbundini Cave

Mbundini Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Mbundini Cave is 300m below the Mbundini pass and about 80m in elevation below.
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McKenzie's Cave 1

McKenzie's Cave 1

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

A great scenic outlook of rock formations and grassy plains with almost unlimited views of the escarpment from north to south on a clear day.
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McKenzie's Cave 2

McKenzie's Cave 2

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

A narrow, shallow cave with not real outlook. Does offer for better shelter in bad weather than the main cave. 
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Mlahlangubo Cave

Mlahlangubo Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Mlahlangubo Cave is in the Vergelegen area
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Mponjwane Cave

Mponjwane Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Mponjwane is found near the top of the Mponjwane (Rockeries Tower) Pass in Mnweni, the views are excellent.
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Mystery Shelter

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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Mzimkhulu Cave

Mzimkhulu Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Mzimkhulu Cave is in the Garden Castle area on the route followed up Mzimkhulu Pass.
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Mzimude Caves

Mzimude Caves

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Mzimude caves is in the Garden Castle area. Their are 3 caves all in very close vicinity to eachother. The caves offer good shelter and have a level floor.
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Nanni's Cave

Nanni's Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Nanni's cave is in the Cathedral Peak area. The cave contains bushman paintings and thus the exact location is not shown.
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Nanni's Cave (Annex)

Nanni's Cave (Annex)

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Nanni's cave annex is in the Cathedral Peak area. The main Nanni's cave contains bushman paintings and thus the exact location is not shown.
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Ngenwa Cave

Ngenwa Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Ngenwa Cave is in the Cobham region on the Gxalingenwa River. The cave is passed while doing the Giants Cup trail on Day 1.
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Nguza Cave 1

Nguza Cave 1

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Nguza Cave 1 is near the top of Nguza pass in the Mnweni area, 80m from the top of the pass.
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Nguza Cave 2

Nguza Cave 2

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Nguza Cave 2 is near the top of Nguza pass in the Mnweni area about 160m before Nguza Cave 1
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Ngwangwe Cave

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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Nhlangeni Cave

Nhlangeni Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Nhlangeni Cave is below (about 350m) the top of Nhlangeni pass in the Vergelegen area. The cave can be wet in summer and offers accommodation for 4 people.
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Nkosazana Cave / Inkosazana

Nkosazana Cave / Inkosazana

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Nkosazana Cave / Inkosazana is in the Monks Cowl area at the top of the escarpment, about 500m further along from reaching the top of Greys Pass. The cave can sleep 10 in winter months when dry, however in winter the cave is very damp inside.
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Nutcracker Cave

Nutcracker Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Nutcracker cave is in the Cobham area, its 7km from the camp. The cave has a sloping floor and offers good shelter from storms. In summer it is quite damp in the cave. Lakes cave is a further 2 km up and is the best alternative for an overnight camp if in this area of Cobham.
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Painter's Cave

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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