Hikes

drakensberg maps

When going on a hike please ensure you have a map which can be purchased from most of the Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife regional reserves or at the head office in Pietermaritzburg.

This guide to Hiking in the Drakensberg may also be of assistance especially if your first hike. A list of the caves and phone numbers that can be booked is available here and an example of the Mountain Rescue Register can be downloaded here.

Aasvoëlkrans Cave Hike

aasvoelkrans hikeAasvoelkrans Cave accommodates 8 people and is approximately 4.2km's from the Highmoor Reserve parking area. This is an easy hike. The cave itself is a "double story" cave and sleeping would generally be at the bottom cave.

There is a steep drop from the top cave and a climb down from the bottom cave to the lovely pool and waterfall. For these reasons this cave is not suitable for young (under 10) children without supervision.

This is a comfortable cave, although quite sandy as most caves are and quite a bit of loose gravel. Water supply is plenty all year round and the cave is well sheltered from strong winds and rain.

Location (Degrees)
29°17'49.54"S,29°37'46.47"E
Location (Decimal)
-29.297095,29.629576
Max Number in Cave
8
Type of Hike
Day Hike, Overnight
Hike Grade
Hike Distance (Km's to destination)
3.9
Total Hike Distance (Km's)
7.8
Hike Duration (to destination)
1.5
Hike Duration (return)
1.5
Total Hike Duration (Hrs)
3.0
Explore
Caves, Waterfalls or Pools
Altitude
1,909
Directions

aasvoelkrans cave hike streamFrom the Highmoor Reserve car park head North West towards a gate and turn right at the sign. After 250m going downhill cross the stream over a wooden bridge and after another 250m further along the path after the stream crossing take the path to the right which leads to the small Kamloops Dam wall.  Once past the dam, take the left path which leads gently uphill.

Once over this small hill you begin to slowly go downhill and then cross a stream (2.2km into the hike), a waterfall can be seen to the right where you cross the stream (picture alongside).

After the stream crossing the path turns right (East) alongside the hill in front of you. Follow the path and just before it ends is a steep path with steps winding down the hill towards the stream and Aasvoëlkrans cave. To return go the same way.

Tracks

GPX track map


Elevation (altitude) diagram of the track



Track length and Trackpoint information

Information Calculated value
Overall distance (metric) 3.9 km
Overall distance (imperial) 2.4 miles

Elevation / altitude data (metric)

Information Calculated value
Altitude range (highest-lowest point) 119 m
Minimum altitude (lowest point) 1909 m
Maximum altitude (highest point) 2028 m
Uphill (addition of positive altitude changes) 83 m
Downhill (addition of negative altitude changes) 161 m

Elevation / altitude data (imperial)

Information Calculated value
Altitude range (highest-lowest point) 390 ft
Minimum altitude (lowest point) 6263 ft
Maximum altitude (highest point) 6654 ft
Uphill (addition of positive altitude changes) 272 ft
Downhill (addition of negative altitude changes) 528 ft

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