Lammergeier Cave

18 Aug 2021 13:17 #77099 by Slipperyhotshot
Hi guys
I'm planning a hike to Lammergeier Cave in the next month or so. Apparently the path is non existent after you turn of the Ngwangwane river. Is this true and if so is the cave difficult to find? 
Many Thanks!!

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18 Aug 2021 13:30 #77100 by Smurfatefrog
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There is a path, its just hard to follow at times.
The cave is very easy to find if you are in the correct valley, it is at a section where the valley is narrow

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18 Aug 2021 13:48 #77101 by Slipperyhotshot
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Awesome thanks!
To make it a circular route could you go up via Goats Cave then down along the ridge passed Thamathu Cave on the way back? Looks like it would be a bit of a climb up to Goats cave but then relatively easy hiking after that.

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18 Aug 2021 13:54 #77102 by Smurfatefrog
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Yes definitely, its not too bad, just a big grassy slope up to Goats, and then good paths from there.
You could also do it in reverse and go up Thomathu pass, south and then drop down to Lammergeier. Might be easier following the path down from the cave, than picking it up after crossing the Ngwangwane river

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18 Aug 2021 14:05 #77103 by Slipperyhotshot
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Ok thanks
Will do that. As you said it will definitely be easier finding the path going down the valley rather than looking for it going up!

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18 Aug 2021 23:49 - 18 Aug 2021 23:56 #77104 by TheRealDave
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The missing part is the only section where the path disappears. The pic below looks back across the plateau:


You then go up a step and start contouring into the valley (again looking back):


We gradually ascended to the path (visible in the pic below) and followed that all the way to the cave, which is the long crack in the wall in the distance:


The path to Goats from the Thamatu side is very clear. In fact, the hillside below Senotlolong has about five contour paths at different levels to choose from, owing to heavy use by shepherds.

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27 Jan 2022 20:51 #77443 by PaulineS
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Does anyone have gps coordinates for lammergeier cave? Also, we are looking to take a group of inexperienced hikers for a short 2 day hike. Would you suggest hiking to Tarn cave and back or to Lammergeier and back?

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27 Jan 2022 21:31 #77444 by Smurfatefrog
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landlubbers.co.za/about-the-drakensberg/entry-points/bushmans-nek-wilderness-area/lammergeier-cave/

I'd go for Tarn cave
The path to Lammergeier can be vague to non-existent in sections, and Tarn is much more scenic.

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28 Jan 2022 07:21 #77445 by Beard
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If its only to visit one cave, then Tarn.
the hike from the station to Tarn is not hard but it is very long..

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28 Jan 2022 17:56 - 28 Jan 2022 17:56 #77446 by TheRealDave
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Don’t listen to these naysayers. 

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Lammergeier is easy to find (see my post above) and scenic enough, especially if you add some magic into the mix and get lucky with a rising mist at dawn.





My buddy and I studied the rock patterns below for an hour while listening to Azimuth’s ’85 (1985). Fantastic stuff.



We set off round 10h30 at a leisurely pace, had a leisurely chat with some shepherds, summitted Senotlolong, and walked out via Bushman's Pass. So, yes, you could do a one-nighter even with inexperienced hikers.

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