Drakensberg Caves GPS Co-ordinates
Here you go
Is there a topic regarding cave/site ettiquette and best practice?
No clue where those are, never heard of either of them
Silverthorne wrote: @ Smurf - The second last cave/shelter is en-route to Angel falls high up the valley on the left. If you know where Cobra Cave is it's not far
I'll try get co-ordinates next visit maybe July/August sometime. Need to plan another 4 day hike
Try here, bottom of the page has links for different devices. Hope this helps
I noticed some difference between your coordinates and those from www.berg.co.za for a same cave. The later are under WGS84. The coordinates hereupper are they under WGS84 too?
Why the differences ? I guess yours are acurate.
Anything within 50m should be close enough. Otherwise there are a few reasons why a co-ord may differ:
- Caves are generally in cliff bands, and GPS devices aren't that accurate when you are near cliffs
- Some caves are large, so a co-ord at the top vs bottom will be different
- Some people tag a cave when they are near it, others right in the entrance
I have the VE co-ords track loaded on my GPS and have used it many times, I am yet to have had a problem with it.
Based on Google Earth, the second co-ordinate looks right. Icidi Cave is in a cliff line on the peak known as "Icidi Crown" (not named on the map). It is quite high up.
I find the info on berg.co.za to be very reliable, but haven't ever checked out their GPS co-ords, and rarely use their GPS tracks (the VE ones usually include more points). I have no doubt that there could be errors on the site (and VE too), after all, it is run by a human! I will send Dave (whose website it is) an email about this cave so that he can correct it, if you find any other differences, please let me know
I looked into this, as I do from time to time update the data published on this site if I feel I have obtained a more accurate reading. However it seems to me that the waypoint for the cave on berg.co.za is in fact the waypoint for the summit of Icidi Pass - this is confirmed if you compare the waypoint listed under the passes - its the same one. So this is simply a publishing error (good if you can let Dave know, ghaz).
mayake wrote: Right, I though yours VE are liable.
For exemple ICIDI CAVE
(C Sommer GPS Coordinates: WGS 84
S28 48.473 E28 55.947 at 3 097 metres
(VE coordinates )
S28 48.311 E28 56.046 at 3172 m
As for Didima Cave, GPSes do read differently, even when used at the same time and place. I have multiple readings for the cave, they are not all identical but I'm sticking to my own waypoint for now.
Take nothing but litter, leave nothing but a cleaner Drakensberg.