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Area: Cathedral Peak

Aleit's Shelter

Aleit's Shelter

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Aleit's Shelter is located in the Cathedral Peak area. Interpretation by Celeste Rossouw: The “trance-buck” or flying antelope with trailing wings is a dream image created by a Bushman shaman (medicine man or ritual specialist) to illustrate his experiences during trance. Contact: Mrs. Lihle Madondo, Hospitality Mana ...
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Amphitheatre to Cathedral Peak Hike

Amphitheatre to Cathedral Peak Hike

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

This 5-day hike features some of the most dramatic scenery in the whole of the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park. The route passes through the Amphitheatre, Mbundini, Mnweni, The Rockeries, The Saddle and The Cathedral range. The first day’s hike takes hikers up the chain-ladder to the top of the Amphitheatre. From here, th ...
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Baboon Rock Hike

Baboon Rock Hike

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

The hike starts at Cathedral Peak Hotel. The hike is 4.1km's to Baboon rock, the last 2 km's on the way to Baboon Rock are fairly steep with a total elevation gain of 440m.
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Barker's Chalet

Barker's Chalet

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Barker's Chalet is a huge overhang overlooking a wonderful wooded gorge within which runs a stream that becomes perfect for swimming during summer. Because it is so close to Cathedral Peak Hotel, the traffic through the area is high and you will get little privacy during the day.
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Barker's Chalet Hike

Barker's Chalet Hike

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Barker's Chalet is a short easy hike form Cathedral Peak Hotel oof 2.6km and 212m elevation.
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Bell Cave

Bell Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Bell Cave offers great views and a fairly level floor but not not offer much protection from the elements.
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Bellevue Cave

Bellevue Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

A small cave on the Malmbonja pass offering some shelter. Its not often used as Twins Cave is far better close by.
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Bellevue Cave (Annex)

Bellevue Cave (Annex)

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

A small cave on the Malmbonja pass offering some shelter. Its not often used as Twins Cave is far better close by.
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Blue Pool and Nyosi Grotto Hike

Blue Pool and Nyosi Grotto Hike

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

A easy 2 hrs or 5.5 kms hike. A short hike in the Cathedral Peak area, starting from the hotel and following the Nyosi River southwards.
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Cambalala House

Cambalala House

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Cambalala is a self-catering cottage situated close to the top of Mike’s Pass in the Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife Cathedral Peak Reserve of the KwaZulu-Natal Drakensberg. It is accessible by vehicle, and offers a fantastic resource for family holidays, hiking, mountain-biking and bird watching. The cottage is open to all me ...
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Castle Buttress

Castle Buttress

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Castle Buttress is located within the Cathedral Peak area. Organ Pipes Pass is the closest pass.
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Cathedral Peak

Cathedral Peak

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Cathedral Peak is located within the Cathedral Peak area and is near Bell Cave.
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Cathedral Peak Hike

Cathedral Peak Hike

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

An extreme 6 to 7 hrs hike - 10km. A long arduous hike requiring a high level of fitness. Starts from Cathedral Peak Hotel, up the path to the Cathedral Ridge. Rock scrambling is often necessary due to rock slides on the gully below the peak.
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Cathedral Peak Nature Reserve (Didima)

Cathedral Peak Nature Reserve (Didima)

Private Bag X1, , KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Cathedral Peak (Didima) borders on the upper Thukela area in the north and east, Lesotho in the west and Monk's Cowl in the south and is 32 000 hectares in extent. The area contains the magnificent Didima Valley with its many examples of San Rock art, it is a hiker's paradise offering routes that range from a few hours ...
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Cleft Peak

Cleft Peak

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Cleft Peak is located within the Cathedral Peak area. Organs Pipe Pass and Tsekesteke Pass are the closest passes.
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Cockade Pass

Cockade Pass

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Cockade Pass is one of the most direct routes to the escarpment in the Cathedral Peak area. It is split into two gullies, a main and a side gully. It is far less hiked than the other more well known passes but it has amazing scenery. Cockade Pass is ranked as moderate in terms of difficulty.
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Cockade Pass Campsite

Cockade Pass Campsite

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Situated at the base of Cockade Pass
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Cockade Peak

Cockade Peak

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Cockdale Peak is located within the Cathedral Peak area. Cockade Pass and Tseketseke Pass are the closest passes.
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Contour Path - Cathedral Peak to Ndedema Hike

Contour Path - Cathedral Peak to Ndedema Hike

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

A moderate to severe hike of 3 hours or 3.5 kms A long hard hike. Starts at Cathedral Peak Hotel, up to contour path below Cathedral range and follow it southwards. Hike passes underneath the main escarpment and back down the Ndedema Gorge.
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Didima Buttress

Didima Buttress

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Didima Buttress in the Cathedral Peak area and can be reached via Tlanyaku Pass.
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Didima Cave

Didima Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Found at the top of the escarpment in Cathedral Peak, the picture alongside says it all. Water however is only found just over 1km from the cave.
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Didima Dome

Didima Dome

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Falls in the Cathedral Peak area and can be reached via Tlanyaku Pass.
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Didima Rock Art Centre

Didima Rock Art Centre

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

The Didima Rock Art Centre has an audio-visual show presented on a daily basis. These offer a good insight into the life of the Bushmen and their Rock Art. The centre opens at 8.00am and closes at 4.00pm. Didima Camp contact deatails: 036 488 8000
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Doreen Falls Hike

Doreen Falls Hike

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

An easy 2.1km hike with only 98m elevation gain from Cathedral Peak Hotel. A pool is at the base of the falls for swimming.
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Drip Cave

Drip Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

A few hundred meters down from Bell Cave. Its a shallow and uneven cave.
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Easter Cave

Easter Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Easter Cave is between Ntonjelana Pass and Easter Pass (Christmas Pass). About 200m up and North after climbing to the top of Easter Pass.
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Easter Cave Peak

Easter Cave Peak

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

This peak is set high up between Ntonjelana Pass and Mlambonja Pass. The peak is approached from the Kwakwatsi Valley where there is an unnamed pass between two nameless peaks near Mlambonja Pass. There are cairns marking the approach.
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Easter Pass (Christmas Pass)

Easter Pass (Christmas Pass)

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Easter Pass also known as Christmas Pass is located in the Northern Drakensberg, Cathedral Peak area near Easter Cave.
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Elephant

Elephant

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Elephant peak is located in the Cathedral Peak area. It is named after the rounded shape of an elephant head with the tusk to the right.
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Elephant Gully

Elephant Gully

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Elephant Gully, although beautifully scenic and dramatic, is not climbed often. It is a narrow gully that varies in steepness and therefore may be a fairly difficult hike. It is also known as the Elephant Shortcut.
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Forest Shelter

Forest Shelter

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Forest Shelter offers excellent shelter however its not a very level cave.
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Ganabu Ridge and Baboon Rock Hike

Ganabu Ridge and Baboon Rock Hike

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

A severe 6 hr hike(15kms) The hike starts on the Cathedral Peak route and then branches off to the right, going down into the Nxwaye valley, up the Ganabu Ridge and down Baboon Rock.
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Gatberg North Campsite

Gatberg North Campsite

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Gatberg North Campsite 
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Gatberg South Campsite

Gatberg South Campsite

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Gatberg South Campsite
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Gravel Cave

Gravel Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Gravel Cave is in Didima Gorge fairly close to Poacher's and Forest Cave.
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Inner Horn

Inner Horn

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

The Inner Horn is in the Cathedral Peak area. From left to right is the Inner Horn, Outer Horn, The Bell and Cathedral Peak.
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Leopard

Leopard

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Leopard peak is located in the Cathedral peak area. 
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Lion's Rock

Lion's Rock

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Lion's Rock is in the Cathedral Peak area. Interpretation by Celeste Rossouw: Two monochrome (single-colour) felines are depicted at Lion’s Shelter. Brown, orange, red and crimson colours were all made from a solution of finely ground ochre mixed with plant juice, water, egg or animal (mainly eland) blood and fat. The ...
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Little Saddle (North)

Little Saddle (North)

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Little Saddle (North) is located in the Cathedral Peak area.
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Little Saddle (South)

Little Saddle (South)

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Little Saddle (South) and Little Saddle (North) appear as a small saddle when viewed from a distance.
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Lower Mushroom Shelter

Lower Mushroom Shelter

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Lower Mushroom Shelter is in the Cathedral Peak area. Interpretation by Celeste Rossouw: The presence of a feline (lion or leopard), leaping towards a group of men in unusual postures, lifting each other up and somersaulting, demonstrates that this is not a depiction of San lifeways in a narrative sense. The San belie ...
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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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Mahout

Mahout

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Mahout peak is in the Cathedral peak area.
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Mike's Pass

Mike's Pass

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Mike's Pass is a demanding gravel 4X4 pass high in the mountains near Bergville.
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Mitre

Mitre

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Mitre peak is located in the Cathedral Peak area.
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Mlambonja Buttress

Mlambonja Buttress

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Mlambonja buttress is located in the Cathedral peak area. Mlambonja means hungry dog, it refers to the lack of game in the area meaning the early hunters dogs were left hungry.
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Mlambonja Pass (Bell Traverse)

Mlambonja Pass (Bell Traverse)

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Mlambonja Pass (also known as Umlambonya pass) is a steep pass in the Cathedral range. It is still used often because it is a more direct route to the escarpment from the hotel and has a large, comfortable cave nearby.
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