Booking of caves

23 Feb 2012 13:51 - 23 Feb 2012 20:01 #53101 by tiska
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Is it possible to book caves in the Cathedral Peak area online?
Its possible for the Injisuthi area - but I don't see any caves for the CP area using the same system.
Have I missed something?
Thanks
Last edit: 23 Feb 2012 20:01 by tiska.

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23 Feb 2012 14:48 #53102 by Smurfatefrog
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Where do you book Injisuthi online?

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23 Feb 2012 14:52 #53103 by tiska
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Here is the URL:
bookings.kznwildlife.com/MakeABooking.aspx

If you select Injisuthi as the resort and check availability for certain dates, LIC, grndstne, WV, UIC and MB caves all show up.

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23 Feb 2012 14:55 #53105 by Smurfatefrog
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Perfect, thanks mnt_tiska

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23 Feb 2012 17:47 #53106 by intrepid
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I suspect the case is that only caves which historically have been bookable through KZN Wildlife HQ in Maritzburg have been added to the online system. This was the case for Injisuthi's cave bookings, and you always had to arrange for payment along with the booking. Cathedral Peak has managed it's own cave bookings in a more informal way and you only pay when you get there, and this continues to this day. Possibly the intention is to add more caves to the system with time.

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23 Feb 2012 18:00 #53107 by tiska
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So, Intrepid, does this mean you can phone Cathedral Peak to make the bookings? If so, then the reason you can't do this for Injisuthi - and therefore can book online - is that the phone line to the camp itself doesn't work regularly enough for the system to be viable.

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23 Feb 2012 18:59 #53108 by intrepid
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I've often wondered why Injisuthi did things in this way - not sure myself. I should actually ask them. Yes, you can phone Cathedral Peak and book caves which are on their list. They just take your name and telephone number. Several of the others also work this way.

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05 Feb 2018 05:25 #72766 by intrepid
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I have made this the official thread for the booking of caves. The kind of thing that should be discussed here is how caves should be booked, what caves that can be booked, and anything connected to that. Note that there are separate threads for general cave etiquette , and the etiquette around sharing caves that have been booked . Huts are handled separately.

For the record, here is a list of caves that can be booked and the contact numbers for making the booking, which is from KZN Wildlife's website :

CATHEDRAL PEAK
Private Bag X1, Winterton 3340
Telephone: (036) 488 1880
Fax: (036) 488 1677

Twins Cave Maximum 12
Xeni Cave Maximum 12
Shermans Cave Maximum 10
Outerhorn Cave Maximum 10
Ribbon Falls Cave Maximum 6
Barker's Chalet Maximum 5
Bell Cave Maximum 5
Schoongesicht Cave Maximum 8
Ndumeni Cave (i) Maximum 4
Ndumeni Cave (ii) Maximum 4


MONKS COWL
Private Bag X2, Winterton 3340
Telephone/fax: (036) 468 1103

Hospitaalspruit Cave Maximum 10
Nkosasana Cave Maximum 10 (winter)
Maximum 4 (summer)
Cowl Cave Maximum 6
Stable Cave Maximum 12
Wonder Valley Cave Maximum 12
Zulu Cave Maximum 12


INJISUTHI CAMP
Camp Manager,
Private Bag X7010, Estcourt 3310
Telephone/fax (036) 431 7848

Lower Injisuthi Cave Maximum 8
Grindstone Cave Maximum 12
Marble Baths Cave Maximum 8


GIANT'S CASTLE
Camp Manager,
Private Bag X7055, Estcourt 3310
Telephone: (036) 353 3718
Fax: (036) 353 3775

Spare Rib Cave Maximum 12


HIGHMOOR
PO Box 51,
Rosetta 3301
Telephone/fax (033) 263 7240

Aasvoƫlkrantz Cave Maximum 8
Caracal Cave Maximum 8


MKHOMAZI
PO Box 105,
Nottingham Road
3280 Telephone/fax: (033) 263 6444

Sinclairs Cave Maximum 6
McKenzies Cave Maximum 12
Cypress Cave Maximum 6


LOTHENI
PO Box 14,
Himeville 3256
Telephone/fax: (033) 702 0540

Ash Cave Maximum 4
Yellowwood Cave Maximum 6


VERGELEGEN
PO Box 53,
Himeville, 325
6 telephone: (033) 702 0712

Mlahlangubo Cave Maximum 12
Bird's Nest Cave Maximum 8
Kaula Cave Maximum 12
Small Cave Maximum 4
Bridge Cave Maximum 6
Sicocosebhaca Cave Maximum 12


COBHAM
PO Box 168,
Himeville 3256
Telephone/fax: (033) 702 0831

Gorge Cave Maximum 2
Pholela Cave Maximum 12
Spectacle Cave Maximum 10
Gxalingenwa Cave Maximum 12
Nutcracker Cave Maximum 6
Lakes Cave Maximum 12
Weaver Cave Maximum 10
Chameleon Cave Maximum 10
Venice Cave(2 caves of 4 each) Maximum 8


GARDEN CASTLE
PO Box 378,
Underberg 3257
Telephone: (033) 701 1823
Fax: (033) 701 1822

Wilsons Cave Maximum 12
Bushmans Cave Maximum 12
Tomatu Cave Maximum 12
Fun Cave Maximum 12
Verkyker Cave Maximum 12
Engagement Cave Maximum 2
Pillar Cave Maximum 12
Sleeping Beauty Cave Maximum 12
Mashai Cave Maximum 2
Goats Cave Maximum 12
Lammergeyer Cave Maximum 12
Tarn Cave Maximum 12
Halfway Cave Maximum 4


With the exception of Injisuthi, caves are normally reserved by contacting the relevant KZN Wildlife office of the area you are going to. They take down your details and dates, and that's it. For Injisuthi, contact KZN Wildlife Central Reservations on 033 - 845-1000 and be prepared to pay upfront. You can also book caves for Injisuthi online:
bookings.kznwildlife.com/MakeABooking.aspx

Caves in the Mnweni cannot be booked.

Please let us know about any changes to the above details and help us all stay up to date.

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05 Feb 2018 14:39 #72769 by HikerParsons
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Thank you for the useful information.

Is there a specific thread that I should use to obtain information on whether or not there are caves which, for safety reasons, should rather be avoided when hiking in the Cathedral Peak area?

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05 Feb 2018 21:29 #72770 by intrepid
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Do you mean safety, as in which caves are unsafe in summer when rivers are in flood, or safety as in security, where your gear might get stolen if you leave it unattended? If you have questions about a specific cave, post your question in the official thread for that cave, or start one if it doesn't exist. For broader discussion touching on several caves you could just start a new thread - but do check all the threads to see if something has maybe been started already. Security topics are generally better posted in the Drakensberg Security category. If it's more about caves, post your questions under the caves category, if its more about security then in that category.

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