Lammergeier Cave Hike
A strenuous 9.5km hike from Buskman's Nek Camp. A Map and knowledge of the area is necessary as no path exists in parts. The total elevation gain is 645 meters, no part of the hike is downhill.
The cave could fit 50 people but 12 is the maximum allowed by Ezemvelo. A stream is below the cave all year and the sunrise in the mornings are a must to see. Near the far end of a cave behind a huge boulder is a private secluded spot that can sleep at least 4 people. If you don't walk to the far section you would never even know it exists.
The route starting at the Bushman's Nek Office where you fill in the mountain register passes the South African border post. You then cross the stream three times (a turn to the right after the second stream takes you towards Bushman's Cave.)
You follow the path with the Ngwangwane River on your right. At 4 km's you cross the river and turn to your right, after 500m walking towards the river (on your right) you will find Cedric's Pool. The pool is a couple meters below the path level, walk down the path to the pool.
After Cedric's Pool follow the path for 500m to the right staying close to the Ngwangwane River on your right. You cross the river and walk up a small hill which then opens up into a new valley, at this point you follow the path heading North West. Walk 2km along the valley passing Vast Cave (about 1.2km's to your right) and then just past Mystery Shelter where you cross a stream.
Head up the steep gully after crossing the stream (thus cross the stream and turn right), this is steep and no path will be seen just after starting up the gully. You are 7.6km into the hike at the stream, only 2km's to go, all uphill.
Walk about 500m uphill and then up a second hill for another 300m and you will be on a flat section (North West is your general direction). A large pool of water (usually full of water) will be ahead on the left. Walk past the water staying on the right of it and up into the valley ahead of you (slightly to your right). Walk up the hill taking you into the valley as it narrows and about 400m further along a path shows again and you are now only 200m from Lammergeier Cave which is on your left.
GPX track map
Elevation (altitude) diagram of the track
Track length and Trackpoint information
|Overall distance (metric)||9.5 km|
|Overall distance (imperial)||5.9 miles|
Elevation / altitude data (metric)
|Altitude range (highest-lowest point)||630 m|
|Minimum altitude (lowest point)||1755 m|
|Maximum altitude (highest point)||2385 m|
|Uphill (addition of positive altitude changes)||645 m|
|Downhill (addition of negative altitude changes)||22 m|
Elevation / altitude data (imperial)
|Altitude range (highest-lowest point)||2067 ft|
|Minimum altitude (lowest point)||5758 ft|
|Maximum altitude (highest point)||7825 ft|
|Uphill (addition of positive altitude changes)||2116 ft|
|Downhill (addition of negative altitude changes)||72 ft|