Booking of caves

23 Mar 2015 13:41 #63138 by GerritHuman
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On that note... What are the rates for hiking from Monks Cowl to Keith's bush camp for 3 days?

Reason for asking is the last time I took 22 people up to the Amphi and there was an unexpected entrance fee to go into the park. It wasn't much but anything times 22 is a bit of a financial problem I have to sort out...

So my question:
1) What is the rate per person in the berg per day?
2) Is there a cost to enter Monks Cowl?
3) Is there a rate to leave your car at Monks Cowl?
4) Are there any other hidden costs for Monks Cowl?
5) What is the camping rate there?
6) Maybe contact details for Monks Cowl office?

Thanks

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23 Mar 2015 13:52 #63139 by sibr
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thanks a million I will give them a call.
I'll have to go back in a few weeks to do the chain ladder :)

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23 Mar 2015 14:01 #63140 by Smurfatefrog
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GerritHuman wrote: On that note... What are the rates for hiking from Monks Cowl to Keith's bush camp for 3 days?

Reason for asking is the last time I took 22 people up to the Amphi and there was an unexpected entrance fee to go into the park. It wasn't much but anything times 22 is a bit of a financial problem I have to sort out...

So my question:
1) What is the rate per person in the berg per day?
2) Is there a cost to enter Monks Cowl?
3) Is there a rate to leave your car at Monks Cowl?
4) Are there any other hidden costs for Monks Cowl?
5) What is the camping rate there?
6) Maybe contact details for Monks Cowl office?

Thanks

1) Overnight is R55, day is R35
2) Only as above
3) No
4) No
5) R105 for sites with plugpoints, R95 without. Minimum charges are R210 and R190
6) (036) 468 1103
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23 Mar 2015 14:39 #63141 by sibr
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is there somewhere that I can get the GP coordinates for the various caves?
I have a few of the maps but I don't see many of the caves listed.

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23 Mar 2015 14:41 #63142 by ghaznavid
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Check out www.berg.co.za (as Smurf shared above) - it has GPS co-ords for lots of Berg Caves. There is also a track with GPS co-ords of caves in the downloads section.

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24 Mar 2015 07:39 #63153 by GerritHuman
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Thanks Smurf, exactly what I needed.

I'll give them a call later today to book a few places.

We usually camp at the Sterkfontein dam (very nice and close to Jhb for the first night) or Bergville (also nice). But I think I will try Monks Cowl camping spot this time, then we can get an early start the next morning.

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25 Mar 2015 11:14 #63176 by sibr
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we have decided to give the upper berg a bash...
is there somewhere in JHB that we can rent tents? I have a small tent master, that if the weather is good should be okay, but if it rains,wind blows (even slightly) I don't think it will handle it. I once thought I was going to freeze to death sleeping in it in Cradock :ohmy:
we are going to look at going up the chain ladder from the sentinel parking lot. is it safe to leave your car there or should we use the shuttle from the hotel?
regards,
Si

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26 Mar 2015 13:55 #63200 by ASL
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If you go up the chain ladders you could sleep at Crows Nest cave which is fantastic for a group of 5 or 6. It's very sheltered in all seasons..

It's visible from Tugela falls and is about a 30 min walk from there.

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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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