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
Shepherd's Cave 1

Shepherd's Cave 1

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Shepherd's Cave 1 is in the Mnweni area, 400m before Chichi bush camp is reached.
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Shepherd's Cave 2

Shepherd's Cave 2

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Shepherd's Cave 2 is in the Mnweni area, 380m from ChiChi bush camp in a Westerly direction heading towards Rwanqa pass.
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Sherman's Cave

Sherman's Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Sherman's Cave is in the Cathedral Peak area. The cave is just off the main path heading to Cathedral Peak. Its a large cave with a level floor that can accommodate 10 people.
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Sherry Cave (New)

Sherry Cave (New)

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Sherry Cave (New) is in the Garden Castle area. To get to this cave a small ledge needs to be walked along so care needs to be taken. The cave has a level floor and will protect you from rain.
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Sherry Cave (Old)

Sherry Cave (Old)

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Sherry Cave (Old) is in the Garden Castle area. This is a small cave/boulder overhang and will fit 2 people only.
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Sinclair's Cave

Sinclair's Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

The overhang is deep and its placement on the side of a hill near an open grassland means that it does get lots of of wind. To get to the views over uMkhomazi and up to the escarpment, head up to the top of the hill behind the cave. The cave is named after one of the early owners of Anondale farm at the foot of Settle ...
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Singathi (Busingati) Cave

Singathi (Busingati) Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Singathi Cave is located in the AmaZizi Traditional Authority Area which includes the the Busingatha, Okhombe and Obanjaneni wards.. The views on the way are of Singathi Peak and Singathi Buttress.
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Siphongweni Cave

Siphongweni Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

A good overnight spot if viewing the Bushman Paintings at Mpongweni North Shelter (100m away). The cave/boulder offers relatively good protection from bad weather. Water is not found in winter or dry summer months and has to be carried up to the cave. The views from Mpongweni North Shelter and a little higher at Mpon ...
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Skylight Cave

Skylight Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Skylight Cave is in the Mnweni area. The cave is 250m North East of Rat Hole Cave. This is a relatively small cave and exposed to the elements, Rat Hole Cave is a better alternative.
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Sleeping Beauty Cave

Sleeping Beauty Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

An easy 2 hour hike over 3.7 km with a total uphill of 377m. The cave is huge and offers excellent protection from bad weather. The last section on the way to the cave is up some wooden steps.There is enough flat sections in the cave to sleep 10 people comfortably. The video by Patrik Kjellgren @patttrici shows how bi ...
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Small Cave

Small Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Small Cave (Vergelegen) is near Bridge Cave. The pass above the cave is Nhlangeni Pass. The cave has space for 4 people. It does not offer good protection from bad weather.
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Small Cave (Valley of Pools)

Small Cave (Valley of Pools)

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Small Cave (Valley of Pools) is in the Cathedral Peak area next to the Nkwazi river.
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Spare Rib Cave

Spare Rib Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Spare Rib Cave is on your left 1.6km from Bannerman Hut going up Bannerman Pass (thus about half way up the pass). To get to the cave some care should be taken near the entrance as its on rock and it not level. The views from the cave are beautiful. In summer the cave is wet and a better alternative is to stay in Bann ...
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Spectacle Cave

Spectacle Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Spectacle Cave is in the Cobham area. This is a large cave with level areas for 6 people offers good protection from bad weather. Pholela and Gorge Cave are very close by.
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Stable Cave

Stable Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Stable Cave is in the Monks Cowl area near the top of Verkykerskop. This is a large cave that can sleep 12 people, has a level floor and offers good protection from the elements.
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Stealth Cave

Stealth Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Stealth Cave is in the Garden Castle area, 380m from the top of Bollard Pass.
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Sunshine Cave

Sunshine Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Sunshine Cave is in the Mnweni area. This is a nice cave that can sleep 8 people on a level floor and offers good protection from bad weather.
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Surprise Cave

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

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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Terateng Cave

Terateng Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Terateng Cave is in the Lotheni area, its one of the highest caves in the Drakensberg. The cave is small and can accommodate 2 people.
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Thamathu Cave

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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Three Pools Cave

Three Pools Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Three Pools Cave is in the Monks Cowl area. This is a large cave and provides good shelter from the elements. The views overlooking the Valley make the hike up to the cave worth while.
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Tooth Cave

Tooth Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Tooth Cave is in the Royal Natal area at the top of Devils Tooth Gully. Getting to this cave requires proper climbing gear and experience.
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Twins Cave

Twins Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Twins Cave is in the Cathedral Peak area. The cave is big with a level floor. The views are stunning. The overhang is high and thus protection from rain is not great.
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