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Drakensberg Caves & Huts Database
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RATING

Pillar Cave Annex

Location:

Garden Castle Wilderness Area

This series of small caves, formed in a red bed on the side of the Mlambonja River, is located slightly up-stream and on the opposite side of the river to Pillar Cave.  Together they offer a drier and friendlier environment than Pillar Cave, but very little privacy since they lie on the main route to Mashai Pass.  Crossing the river from Pillar Cave to reach these caves may prove a little tricky in summer, when it can be flowing deep and fast just above a waterfall.

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

S29 43.661 E29 10.479 at 2137 metres

Description:

Accommodation: 8

The caves are all quite small but will accommodate a total of up to 8 people fairly comfortably.




3
COMFORT

The sleeping areas are fairly level and their low roofs and the surrounding boulders and trees impart a feeling of coziness.  However, during the day the area in front of the caves becomes a thoroughfare for day-trippers and hikers going up and down Mashai Pass, so don't expect any privacy!


4
WATER

The Mlambonja River flows past just below the caves and is fairly easy to reach.


3
POOLS

There are several small pools in the river within easy walking distance of the caves.


2
SHELTER

The caves are mostly dry and dusty and the overhang and surrounding boulders and trees provide adequate shelter from rain and wind.


2
OUTLOOK

The caves do not offer much of a view, being tucked behind several large boulders and some bush.  However, a short excursion up our of the caves will afford an awesome view of Rhino Peak and Mashai Pass.

Bookings:

+27 (033) 7011823

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