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 Pinnacle Rock

pinnacle11.5 km (4 hours) via Pinnacle Rock and an elevation gain of 432m

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 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) 11.4 km
Overall distance (imperial) 7.1 miles

Elevation / altitude data (metric)

Information Calculated value
Altitude range (highest-lowest point) 454 m
Minimum altitude (lowest point) 1618 m
Maximum altitude (highest point) 2072 m
Uphill (addition of positive altitude changes) 432 m
Downhill (addition of negative altitude changes) 45 m

Elevation / altitude data (imperial)

Information Calculated value
Altitude range (highest-lowest point) 1490 ft
Minimum altitude (lowest point) 5308 ft
Maximum altitude (highest point) 6798 ft
Uphill (addition of positive altitude changes) 1417 ft
Downhill (addition of negative altitude changes) 148 ft

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