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Bushman's Cave

Bushman's Cave as seen from Ngwangwane Pass.    Bushman's Cave    Bushman's Cave    Walled sleeping areas


Bushman's Nek Wilderness Area, Southern Drakensberg.  The most direct access to Bushman's Cave is via the Bushman's River from the Bushman's Nek Border Post.  The river valley is one of the most picturesque and unspoilt in the berg, and there are many 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.  The climb from Bushman's Cave into Lesotho via Ngwangwane Pass is the easiest in the entire Natal Drakensberg.  This is a very beautiful part of the escarpment and it offers a simple, safe access to those venturing into Lesotho for the first time.

GPS Coordinates: WGS 84

S29 48.503 E29 08.074 at 2 276 metres (Landlubbers Adventures)


Bushman's Cave is a smallish cave under a fairly narrow overhang.  It has a level floor and a nice cooking area.  Although recorded on the map as being able to accommodate 12 people, a more practical limit is 8.  You can get wet in driving rain!

Comfort:  3/5

The cave is reasonably comfortable, although the sleeping areas are quite small and fairly rough.  Another section of the cave provides a suitable cooking area.

Water:  4/5

There is a reliable supply of water all year round, available from a stream about 25 metres from the cave.

Pools:  2/5

There are no pools suitable for swimming within the immediate vicinity of the cave, but a few small pools can provide for an adequate wash.

Shelter:  3/5

This is a comfortable cave, but rain can drive in under the overhang at its narrowest point.  It gets both the morning and afternoon sun, so it can be very hot in summer.  High stone walls provide protection from the strong winds which can roar down the valley.

Outlook:  4/5

The cave is north-facing.  It provides a magnificent view of Ngwangwe Peak and Walker's Peak.

Overall Rating:  16/25



Last modified on 2011/11/10