Monks Cowl

Monks Cowl is the gateway to some of the most magnificent mountain Wilderness areas in South Africa. Taking its name from the distinctive mountain between Champagne Castle and Cathedral Peak, Monks Cowl marks the access to the Mlambonja and Mdedelelo mountain Wilderness areas.
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Mhlwazini Peak

Mhlwazini Peak

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Mhlwazini Peak is located in the Monks Cowl area. Ship's Prow Pass is the closet pass.
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Monk's Cowl

Monk's Cowl

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Monks Cowl, taking its name from the peak sandwiched between the towering Champagne Castle and Cathkin mountains, is part of the 260 000 ha Maloti-Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site and is the access point to the Mlambonja and Mdedelo Wilderness Area.
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Monks Cowl Nature Reserve

Monks Cowl Nature Reserve

Private Bag X2, , KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Monks Cowl, taking its name from the peak sandwiched between the towering Champagne Castle and Cathkin mountains, is part of the 260 000 ha Maloti-Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site and is the access point to the Mlambonja and Mdedelo Wilderness Area. The Monk's Cowl Nature Reserve with its breathtaking vistas of sw ...
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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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Nkosazana Peak

Nkosazana Peak

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Nkosazana Peak is in the Monks Cowl area.
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Ship's Prow Pass (South)

Ship's Prow Pass (South)

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Ship's Prow South Pass is the advised route option, the North Fork has had rockfalls in the past and is very dangerous. This is a long pass and tops out at 3292m, the highest pass in the Drakensberg.
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Ship's Prow Peak

Ship's Prow Peak

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Ship's Prow Peak is in the Monks Cowl area.
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Sombrero

Sombrero

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Sombrero is on the Monks Cowl area.
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Spur The Mollar

Spur The Mollar

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Spur The Mollar is in the Monks Cowl area.
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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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Starboard

Starboard

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Starboard is in the Monks Cowl area.
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Sterkhorn (Mount Memory)

Sterkhorn (Mount Memory)

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

 Sterkhorn (Mount Memory) is in the Monks Cowl area. At the top you will find the M.O.T.H memory cross. For very fit and experienced hikers / trail runners Sterkhorn can be reached on a day hike.
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Sterkspruit Falls

Sterkspruit Falls

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

An easy walk to the falls starting at the Monks Cowl entrance. Take the well marked path down to the falls. 1 to 2 hours in total time returning back to Monks Cowl entrance.
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Sterkspruit Falls and Nandi Falls

Sterkspruit Falls and Nandi Falls

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

A scenic 8km circular hike to Sterkspruit Falls and Nandi's Falls with a total elevation gain during the hike of 330m.
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The Sphinx

The Sphinx

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

The Sphinx is in the Monks Cowl region of the Drakensberg.
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The Sphinx Hike

The Sphinx Hike

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

A moderate walk from Monks Cowl of 2.4km and elevation of 312m to the Sphinx passing Crystal falls on the way. The views are lovely once reaching the Sphinx.
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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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Turret

Turret

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Turret is in the Monks Cowl region of the Drakensberg. The Turret is in the middle and Amphlett on the right. To the left is Sterkhorn.
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Vaal Rhebok Kop’s Cave (Vaalribbokkop)

Vaal Rhebok Kop’s Cave (Vaalribbokkop)

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Vaalribbokkop Cave in Monks Cowl offers spectacular views. The floor is level and shelter from the rain is good. Its a large cave and can sleep 12 people. A section of the cave does have some Bushman Paintings and is thus also referred to as Bee Shelter. The Bushmen danced close to bees and honeycombs when they wante ...
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Verkykerskop

Verkykerskop

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Verkykerskop is in the Monks Cowl Nature Reserve. The view from the top is beautiful and you have a good chance of seeing one of the families of mountain reedbuck or grey rhebuck that occupy the mountain. Verkykerskop is an easy 5/10 minute walk up which starts just before reaching Breakfast Stream after hiking past C ...
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Witch Peak

Witch Peak

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Witch Peak is in the Monks Cowl area.
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Wonder Valley Cave

Wonder Valley Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

This valley lies between the Champagne Valley and Injasuti, and can be accessed after a long walk from the R 600 just below Champagne Castle Hotel. This is private property so access is only by permission of the owners. It can also be reached from Injasuthi camp. Travelling North from Injasuthi following the path aroun ...
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Zulu Cave

Zulu Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Zulu Cave is in the Monks Cowl area. The cave is large and can sleep up to 12 people. Cat Cave is near by and contains Bushamns Paintings.
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