header15.jpg
 
Drakensberg Caves & Huts Database
18
RATING

Bridge Cave

Location:

Vergelegen Wilderness Area

This basalt cave is situated at the base of a prominent spur on the north side of the valley near the bottom of Nhlangeni Pass, on the opposite side of the river to Small Cave.  It provides better, more comfortable shelter than Small Cave, but can accommodate fewer people.

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

S29 30.185 E29 19.863 at 2220 metres

Description:

Accommodation: 2(S) or 4(W)

Bridge Cave is relatively deep compared with its entrance, and the stone wall helps to provide a feeling of cosiness. It is reached via a short, steep incline across a small stream which is a convenient source of water and also has some small pools.


There is no bridge across the stream below the cave, so perhaps the discoverers played bridge there instead!



3
COMFORT

The sleeping area is nice and level, but in summer the rear of the cave has several drips which make the floor damp.  There is a built-in bench at the entrance where one can sip a sun-downer while looking out towards the escarpment.


5
WATER

The stream below the cave provides a reliable and convenient source of water.


3
POOLS

There are some small pools in the stream just below the cave. The Nhlangeni River is only about 150 metres away over not-too-difficult terrain, and provides better bathing options for those who might like to do some further exploration.


3
SHELTER

The stone wall at the entrance to the cave lies almost under the lip of the roof, so rain can easily be driven into the front half of the sleeping area. During the wet season when the back half is also damp from drips, the cave is not likely to be suitable for more than 2 people at best.


4
OUTLOOK

The cave looks out over a grassy spur towards the escarpment and the huge and impressive cut-back which forms Nhlangeni Pass.

Bookings:

+27 (033) 7020712

Contributors:


Last updated: 2009-08-18 16:21:19 | Report Listing Report Listing
Powered by Sigsiu.NET RSS Feeds

Member Login

             | Join

Member Tools


Who's Online

None