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.

Lakes Cave Hike

lakescave1The sunrise from Lakes Cave is brilliant and the colours of a sunrise on the berg mountains are brilliant.

This 12km hike from Cobham will take 4 to 5 hours, the hikes starts off pretty flat  and get steeper after 6km's, the last 2km's after Nutcracker Cave being the steepest.  The total elevation gain is 497m.

Location (Degrees)
29°39'47.7"S 29°18'53.5"E
Location (Decimal)
-29.663250, 29.314850
Cave Name
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)
Bushman Paintings, Caves, Huts, Landmarks, Waterfalls or Pools, Vistas

Lakes Cave -> Nutcracker Cave (2.3km) -> C53 Shelter (4.8km) -> Monster Rocks (6.1km) -> Boundry Rock (7.7km) -> Cobham (12km)


GPX track map

Elevation (altitude) diagram of the track

Track length and Trackpoint information

Information Calculated value
Overall distance (metric) 12 km
Overall distance (imperial) 7.5 miles

Elevation / altitude data (metric)

Information Calculated value
Altitude range (highest-lowest point) 503 m
Minimum altitude (lowest point) 1618 m
Maximum altitude (highest point) 2121 m
Uphill (addition of positive altitude changes) 497 m
Downhill (addition of negative altitude changes) 26 m

Elevation / altitude data (imperial)

Information Calculated value
Altitude range (highest-lowest point) 1650 ft
Minimum altitude (lowest point) 5308 ft
Maximum altitude (highest point) 6959 ft
Uphill (addition of positive altitude changes) 1631 ft
Downhill (addition of negative altitude changes) 85 ft

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