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.
Map of listings on this page
Pholela Cave

Pholela Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Pholela Cave is in the Cobham region near the Pholele river. It's a large cave with a relatively level floor and good shelter in bad weather. Spectacle and Gorge cave are nearby and worth visiting.
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Pillar Cave

Pillar Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Pillar Cave is in the Garden Castle area.
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Pillar Cave (Annex)

Pillar Cave (Annex)

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Pillar Cave Annex is in the Garden Castle area, about 250m from Pillar cave.
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Pins Cave

Pins Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Pins Cave is in the Mnweni area about 360m from the top of Pins Pass. The cave has a flat floor and offers reasonable protection from bad weather. The views from the cave are stunning.
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Poachers Cave

Poachers Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Poachers Cave is a large cave in the Cathedral Peak area that could sleep up to 12 people. The cave is closed due to Bushamn Paintings being inside the cave.
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Rat Hole Cave

Rat Hole Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Rat Hole Cave is in the Mnweni area, just above Madonna Pass. The cave is a narrow tunnel about 7m deep and can sleep up to 4 people. This cave is not for you if you have claustrophobia.
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Reido Cave

Reido Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Reido cave is in the Cathedral Peak area above the escarpment and below Pampiring Peak. Greys or Twin Peak Pass would be the most common routes to get to the cave.
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Ribbon Falls Cave

Ribbon Falls Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Ribbon Falls Cave is in the Cathedral Peak area. The floor is level and offers good protection from storms.
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Rob's Cave

Rob's Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Rob's Cave is in the Garden Castle area in the Hidden Valley area. The cave has a large overhang providing good shelter. The floor is only level in some areas for sleeping.
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Rockfall Cave

Rockfall Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Rockfall Cave is in the uMkhomazi area. The cave is 1.6km from Sinclair's Cave and is positioned in a valley which marks the southern boundary of Anondale farm.
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Roland's Cave

Roland's Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Roland's Cave is in the Cathedral Peak area and is positioned on the side of the escarpment. The views are out of this world. The floor is level and provides excellent shelter. The cave is named after Roland, a member of the Mountain Club of South Africa.
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Runaway Cave

Runaway Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Runaway Cave is in the Vergelegen area. Its a very small cave that accommodation 2 or 3 people at most.
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Rwanqa Cave

Rwanqa Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Rwanqa Cave is in the Mnweni area.
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Rwanqa Cave 2

Rwanqa Cave 2

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Rwanqa Cave 2 is in the Mnweni area about 240m before Rqanqa Cave.
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Sakeng Cave

Sakeng Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Sakeng Cave is in the Cobham area. This is a small cave that sleeps 2 people.
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Sandleni Cave

Sandleni Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Sandleni Cave is in the Garden Castle area and is positioned just below Sandleni Cave. This is a big cave ad offers great protection from the elements.
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Scaly Cave

Scaly Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Scaly Cave is in the Mnweni area. This is a small cave for 3 people. You would be better off staying in Sunshine Cave on the other side of the valley, about 300m away.
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Schoongezicht Cave

Schoongezicht Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Schoongezicht Cave is in the Cathedral Peak area. The cave is right next to the Ndedema river. The views upwards from the cave are beautiful.
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Secret Cave

Secret Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Secret Cave is in the Garden Castle area in Secret Valley. The cave has a level floor and provides good protection from the wind and rain.
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Sehonghong Cave

Sehonghong Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Sehonghong Cave is near the top of Sehonghong Peak in the Vergelegen area. The cave can be wet in summer and offers accommodation for 2 people.
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Senotlolong Shelter

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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Sentinel Caves

Sentinel Caves

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

The two Sentinel Caves in the Royal Natal area are situated on the escarpment in a large crack at the back of the Sentinel. They provide excellent protection from bad weather, have level floors and each cave can sleep 4 people.
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Sgonqweni Cave

Sgonqweni Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Sgonqweni Cave is in the Mnweni area.
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Shelter Cave

Shelter Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Shelter Cave is in the Vergelegen area, the cave is 480m further along the valley on the same rock band as Runaway cave.
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