GPS Co-ordinates of Passes in the Drakensberg
Anyone who has ventured onto the Drakensberg escarpment will know how difficult it can be at times to locate the summit of a particular pass. The use of a GPS can no longer seen as a high-tech toy. Rather it has become highly valuable in increasing the safety and quality of a trip to the Berg. A table listing GPS waypoints and altitudes for passes in the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park is hereby provided.
If anyone does have a track of the South Fork, feel free to send it in, I'll publish it with full credits in the downloads section, as we've already started doing. My email address is chris at this website name dot com (I dont spell it out because of spam issues), or just send a PM to get hold of me.
All data on this site will be based on the WGS84 datum, and yes, agreed, it should always be stated wherever the data appears to avoid confusion.
WGS84 is more modern and universal than the Cape datum and we have thus followed this trend. The government survey maps seem to be following this trend too and I've heard rumours that the Berg hiking maps will also be updated.
Something else to note is that we currently use the Lat/Lon hddd°mm.mmm'grid as this seems to be the most common among published Berg GPS data and takes it's lead from the hiking and suvery maps. It could be argued that the UTM grid is more user friendly and informative, but for the sake of consistency we will stick to what the maps use. It is very easy to convert that data anyway.