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.

Gxalingenwa Cave via Pholela Shelter

gxriver12.5 kms (5 hours) via Pholela Hut and an elevation gain of 530m.

The hike via Pholela Cave follows day 1 of the giants cup trail in reverse for the first  7.25km'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.

Location (Degrees)
29°38'09.4"S 29°21'44.2"E
Location (Decimal)
-29.635933, 29.362283
Max Number in Cave
Type of Hike
Day Hike, Overnight
Hike Grade
Hike Distance (Km's to destination)
Total Hike Distance (Km's)
Hike Duration (to destination)
Hike Duration (return)
Total Hike Duration (Hrs)
Caves, Vistas

GPX track map

Elevation (altitude) diagram of the track

Track length and Trackpoint information

Information Calculated value
Overall distance (metric) 12.5 km
Overall distance (imperial) 7.8 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) 530 m
Downhill (addition of negative altitude changes) 138 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) 1739 ft
Downhill (addition of negative altitude changes) 453 ft

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