Gxalingenwa Cave Circular Route
12.5 km's (5 hours) via Pholela Hut on the way to Gxalingenwa Cave and 11.5 km (4 hours) return via Pinnacle Rock.
The hike is good for bird watching and game viewing. It follows the Emerald Stream, past indigenous forest to a spectacular waterfall with pools suitable for swimming on the way back form the cave. The hike via Pholela Cave follows day 1 of the giants cup trail in reverse for the first 7.25 km's and then you turn left (continue straight) and follow Gxalingenwa River up the valley.
The cave is a real cave with great views into the valley. It's worth staying overnight and making a weekend out of your hike.
GPX track map
Elevation (altitude) diagram of the track
Track length and Trackpoint information
|Overall distance (metric)||23.8 km|
|Overall distance (imperial)||14.8 miles|
Elevation / altitude data (metric)
|Altitude range (highest-lowest point)||461 m|
|Minimum altitude (lowest point)||1614 m|
|Maximum altitude (highest point)||2075 m|
|Uphill (addition of positive altitude changes)||599 m|
|Downhill (addition of negative altitude changes)||606 m|
Elevation / altitude data (imperial)
|Altitude range (highest-lowest point)||1512 ft|
|Minimum altitude (lowest point)||5295 ft|
|Maximum altitude (highest point)||6808 ft|
|Uphill (addition of positive altitude changes)||1965 ft|
|Downhill (addition of negative altitude changes)||1988 ft|