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Drakensberg Caves & Huts Database
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RATING

Pillar Cave

Location:

Garden Castle Wilderness Area

This cave is conveniently located near the bottom of Mashai Pass.  It is within walking distance from the Drakensberg Gardens Hotel, and lies on the route to Rhino Peak (which can be seen from the cave).  Consequently, the cave receives visitors almost daily and besides being a very public spot it is also vulnerable to littering by thoughtless day-trippers.

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

S29 43.739 E29 10.606 at 2143 metres

Description:

Accommodation: 12

Pillar Cave is a deep, high overhang.  Its floor is relatively flat, but in summer this can become very muddy, especially when trodden by many day-trippers!


Pillar Cave is named after its one very obvious feature: the rock pillar which stretches from floor to ceiling at the front of the cave.



2
COMFORT

The sleeping areas are fairly level and smooth, but can become very muddy.  Don't expect any privacy though!


3
WATER

In summer there are several drips and rivulets in the immediate vicinity of the cave, but in winter you may have to walk the 100 metres or so down to the Mlambonja River below the cave to fetch water.


3
POOLS

There are several pools in the Mlambonja River below the cave, but finding a private spot may require walking further a field.


2
SHELTER

Pillar Cave may be quite windy, but otherwise provides good shelter for its occupants except for numerous drips in summer.


4
OUTLOOK

Pillar Cave provides spectacular views of Rhino Peak and Mashai Pass.

Bookings:

+27 (033) 7011823

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