Cathedral Peak Community Campsite (at Didima)

17 Oct 2017 11:39 #72262 by Dave
Hi Morgan. The Didima campsite has not been closed down, but it's run by the community, not Didima Camp, so they only open it during peak seasons / school holidays (latest update here ). You could probably still camp there, as the gate is not locked (or wasn't the last time I was there), but it's unlikely that there'll be water in the ablutions. Some alternative campsites have been suggested in the other thread. Enjoy Xeni Cave and respect the Berg.

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18 Oct 2017 13:24 #72265 by Grandeur
Didima campsite was closed and locked when I was there this last weekend
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20 Oct 2017 11:10 #72267 by Dave
Thanks, Grandeur. The situation with the campsite is frustrating.

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20 Oct 2017 12:45 #72268 by firephish
pretty annoying, i started my last hike at MC rather than Didima, even though Didima would have made things much easier, just so i could have a warm shower and a camp site (if needed) at the end.

#how to fail at bringing tourists / business into you area.

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29 Oct 2017 10:57 - 29 Oct 2017 11:01 #72292 by Morgan
Hi all,

Thank you very much for replying. I read there is a Campsite near Bergville... Going to try that rather then trying my luck at Didima.
It does suck however looking forward to the stillness of Xeni!

Keep well!
Much obliged!
Morgan
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30 Oct 2017 08:49 #72295 by Flippie
I got an email from kznwildlife that Didima campsites are currently closed. We are also going to camp at Bergville this weekend.

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13 Dec 2017 12:05 #72490 by Jenny
Hi there,

I'm planning to do the Bell Traverse via the Orange Peel Gap - driving down from Jozi on the 18th December 2017. We were going to camp at the Cathedral Peak Community campsite so that we could head out very early on the morning of the 19th, but when I phoned KZN Ezemvelo Wildlife I was informed that the campsite is closed. I have booked Sherman's cave instead. Does anyone have any info on the closure of the campsite? Is there just the one in the area owned by Didima?

Also, does anyone have any recent info regarding the condition of the Bell Traverse route after all the snow and rain we've been having?

Thanks and Regards

Jenny

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13 Dec 2017 14:20 #72491 by WarrenM
Hi Jenny

We also used to use the campsite at Cathedral on a regular basis, and I also tried to call to see if it was open now in December but I got the same response as you got.

There is another thread (below) which you could refer to.

www.vertical-endeavour.com/forum/14-drakensberg-general/56272-didima-campsite-2017.html

We were on the traverse last in Feb 2017, so can't comment about recently but we had a great trip Feb, we were at Mahai this last weekend and it rained lots, so I'm assuming that you will find enough water on the traverse itself.

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13 Dec 2017 15:08 #72493 by Jenny
Thanks Warren

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14 Dec 2017 12:39 #72494 by AdrianT

Morgan wrote: Hey Guys,

Hope all is well?

We've been wanting to take a few friends up to Xeni cave, however we would like to leave JHB the Friday afternoon and camp over somewhere in order to commencing our hike on Saturday morning.

My plan was to camp at Didima Camp the Friday evening, however I was told that it has been closed down?

Does anyone have other suggestions?

Thank you very much!
Morgan

Mod Note- Posts moved from Xeni Cave thread


Hi Morgan,

I realise I am way too late, but the last time I hiked in the Didima area we drove from Jhb and stayed here: www.amphibackpackers.com/

There are chalets, we just camped. Easy to get to, right next to the main road, cheap and effective with a bar should the need arise. Check it out.

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