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Drakensberg Caves & Huts Database
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RATING

Aasvoelkrans Cave

Also known as: Aasvoëlkrans Cave

Location:

Highmoor Wilderness Area


Co-ordinates (WGS84 / dd mm.mmm):

S29 17.808 E29 37.756 at 1870 metres

Description:

Accommodation: 12

Careful map reading is required to reach the cave, especially in mist. Aasvoelkrans Cave is actually a double-storey cave, although only the lower level is normally used for overnight stays. The lower level has a gravel floor but there are several flat areas suitable for bedding down on. Together, the 2 caves could accommodate well over 100 people, but the limit set by ecological impact studies is 12.


"Aasvoëlkrans" is Afrikaans for "Vulture Cliff". The origin of the name is unknown; there are no vulture colonies in the immediate vicinity of the cave today.


This cave is unsuitable for young or poorly supervised children. The combination of gravel and high drop-offs in front of the cave requires considerable care.


5
COMFORT

This is a comfortable cave, with the added advantage that the waterfall drowns out snoring!


5
WATER

There is an abundant supply of water all year round. It is accessed from the lower cave by a series of ledges, so care must be taken, especially with young children or at night.


5
POOLS

There are several pools above and below the waterfall at the cave. The largest pool is immediately below the cave. The more adventurous can go kloofing down the gorge.


5
SHELTER

Being at the top end of a narrow gorge, the cave is well sheltered from all but the strongest winds. The huge overhanging roof ensures that no rain can enter the cave.


3
OUTLOOK

The cave is east-facing. It offers a nice view of the gorge, but you will have to clamber out above the cave to see the grand view of the central Drakensberg escarpment.

Bookings:

+27 (033) 2637240

Contributors:

GPS co-ordinates: Russell Smith

 


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