Drakensberg Caves & Huts Database

Fisherman's Cave

Also known as: Halfway Cave / Slab Cave


Bushman\\\'s Nek Wilderness Area

Fisherman's Cave is reached via the Bushman's River from the Bushman's Nek Border Post.  The cave is only about 5 km over more-or-less level ground from the border post and is within easy reach of novice hikers.  The river valley is one of the most picturesque and unspoilt in the berg, and there are several good pools to swim in en-route.  No passport is required to hike in the area unless you will be entering Lesotho via the official border post near the Sehlabathebe National Park.

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

S29 49.187 E29 10.453 at 1897 metres


Accommodation: 6

Fisherman's Cave is a small, narrow cave nestled under a short overhang above a picturesque little meadow leading down to the Bushman's River.  The cave has a couple of level areas which can accommodate around four hikers.   These areas are separated by large slabs of rock which have fallen from the overhang above, forming additional seating and cooking areas.

This cave was introduced to the author as Fisherman' Cave, a name which seems appropriate because of its close proximity to the Bushman's River and the Bushman's Nek Border Post.  However, it is advertised as Halfway Cave at the booking office, and the latest map has it marked as Slab Cave.  The cave is about halfway to Bushman's Cave and Ngwangwane Pass, and a large, broken slab of rock does lie in front of it, so both names are equally appropriate.  Perhaps a committee of hiking enthusiasts should decide what to call it!


The cave is reasonably comfortable, although the sleeping areas are quite small.


There is a reliable supply of water all year round, available from the Bushman's River about 50 metres from the cave.


There are a few small pools in the Bushman's River in the immediate vicinity of the cave, but there are several large pools further up and down the valley.


This is a fairly sheltered cave, but it is south facing and rain can drive in under the overhang at its narrowest point.  The slabs of rock provide good protection from the wind.


The meadow and meandering river below the cave, and the cliffs on the other side of the valley, provide a pleasant outlook although there are no spectacular mountain views from the cave itself.


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