Gxalingenwa Cave Circular Route

gx cave12.5 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.

Area
Location (Degrees)
29°38'09.4"S 29°21'44.2"E
Location (Decimal)
-29.635933, 29.362283
Max Number in Cave
10
Type of Hike
Day Hike, Overnight
Hike Grade
Hike Distance (Km's to destination)
12.5
Total Hike Distance (Km's)
24.0
Hike Duration (to destination)
5.0
Hike Duration (return)
4.0
Total Hike Duration (Hrs)
9.0
Explore
Caves, Vistas
Altitude
2,072
Tracks

GPX track map


Elevation (altitude) diagram of the track



Track length and Trackpoint information

Information Calculated value
Overall distance (metric) 23.8 km
Overall distance (imperial) 14.8 miles

Elevation / altitude data (metric)

Information Calculated value
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)

Information Calculated value
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