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.

Caracal Cave Hike

caracal hikeCaracal Cave easily accommodates 8 people and is approximately 5.2km's from the Highmoor Reserve parking area. This is a relatively easy hike to the Cave and a bit of a climb back to the parking area.

This is a very comfortable cave. Water supply is seasonal, although water flowing over the top of the cave has been seen in winter months when there has been a wet summer. The cave is well sheltered from strong winds and rain.

Location (Degrees)
29°17'20.23"S,29°35'59.24"E
Location (Decimal)
-29.288953,29.599789
Cave Name
Max Number in Cave
8
Type of Hike
Day Hike, Overnight
Hike Grade
Hike Distance (Km's to destination)
5.2
Total Hike Distance (Km's)
10.4
Hike Duration (to destination)
2.0
Hike Duration (return)
2.0
Total Hike Duration (Hrs)
4.0
Explore
Caves
Altitude
1,873
Directions

From 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 the wooden bridge and after another 250m after the stream crossing take the path to the left (the right leads to the small Kamloops Dam wall).

In front of you is the Salma Dam, cross the stream and walk past the dam (Salma Dam) turning right to cross the stream. The dam is now to your left. After a slight uphill you head slightly downwars towards the Shasta Dam which you pass on your left. After this dam is a small knoll on your right and the path turns right (the small path to your left is to Fulton's Rock). You are now walking along the spur, stop and enjoy the views to your left and right.

You then head down the hill towards Caracal Cave (have a look at the picture above - this is about 4km into the hike, you have 1.2km's to go). At the bottom of the hill the path goes above the cave and slightly past, you then turn left and go down to the cave on your left. Return via the same route.

Tracks

GPX track map


Elevation (altitude) diagram of the track



Track length and Trackpoint information

Information Calculated value
Overall distance (metric) 5.2 km
Overall distance (imperial) 3.2 miles

Elevation / altitude data (metric)

Information Calculated value
Altitude range (highest-lowest point) 181 m
Minimum altitude (lowest point) 1862 m
Maximum altitude (highest point) 2043 m
Uphill (addition of positive altitude changes) 81 m
Downhill (addition of negative altitude changes) 206 m

Elevation / altitude data (imperial)

Information Calculated value
Altitude range (highest-lowest point) 594 ft
Minimum altitude (lowest point) 6109 ft
Maximum altitude (highest point) 6703 ft
Uphill (addition of positive altitude changes) 266 ft
Downhill (addition of negative altitude changes) 676 ft

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