Hikes

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.

Mzimkulwana Hut to Lakes Cave

lakes 3A 9.2km hike mostly uphill with a detour to Siphongweni Cave, the highlight of any trip to Cobham. The bushman paintings 100m from the Cave are some of the best you will ever see in the Drakensberg.

After Siphongweni Cave you pass The Policeman, an often photographed feature of the Drakensberg. Lakes cave offers good shelter from the elements and the views down the valley and from the ridge above the cave are brilliant.

Pictured is Camels Hump as seen from Lakes Cave.

Area
Location (Degrees)
29°39'47.7"S 29°18'53.5"E
Location (Decimal)
-29.663250, 29.314850
Cave Name
Max Number in Cave
6
Type of Hike
Day Hike, Overnight
Hike Grade
Hike Distance (Km's to destination)
9.2
Total Hike Distance (Km's)
18.4
Hike Duration (to destination)
4.5
Hike Duration (return)
4.0
Total Hike Duration (Hrs)
5.0
Explore
Bushman Paintings, Caves, Huts, Landmarks, Vistas
Altitude
2,126
Max Number in Hut
30
Directions

Mzimkhylwana Hut -> Hike till level with The Pimple, then cross river up hill to Siphongweni Cave (3.5km – 350m up) -> Whale Back (5.4km) -> Titty (6.6km) -> The Policeman (7.6km) -> Lakes Cave (9.3km)

From Cave

  • East is Camel Rock (850m)
  • North West is Amakehla Pass (3.5 km) / Left is Minaret Pass (North view)
  • Peaks North (NNE) is Hodgsons Peak South and North
  • 3rd peak to the right is Sani Peak
  • Left of Minaret Pass is The Block, Sandleni Pinnacle, No Mans Peak, Verkyker Buttress and Peak and Rhino Peak
  • SW below is Weavers Cave (1.89km)
Tracks

GPX track map


Elevation (altitude) diagram of the track



Track length and Trackpoint information

Information Calculated value
Overall distance (metric) 9.2 km
Overall distance (imperial) 5.7 miles

Elevation / altitude data (metric)

Information Calculated value
Altitude range (highest-lowest point) 532 m
Minimum altitude (lowest point) 1637 m
Maximum altitude (highest point) 2169 m
Uphill (addition of positive altitude changes) 517 m
Downhill (addition of negative altitude changes) 20 m

Elevation / altitude data (imperial)

Information Calculated value
Altitude range (highest-lowest point) 1745 ft
Minimum altitude (lowest point) 5371 ft
Maximum altitude (highest point) 7116 ft
Uphill (addition of positive altitude changes) 1696 ft
Downhill (addition of negative altitude changes) 66 ft

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