Bannerman Pass

15 Jan 2019 09:34 #74542 by Mountain Goat 007
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I have done this many times and just pay to over night camp then stay at the old campsite at Giants castle. Obviously no electricity or showers but they have a toilet. 
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08 Jun 2019 13:24 - 10 Jun 2019 07:27 #75059 by Ryan
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Hi,

We are doing this old route again next weekend. Haven't been out in the berg for a while now so picking the easy options to get warmed up before we tackle something harder again.
I was busy planning and thought I would post a google earth pic to illustrate what happens if you do not cross the Sanqebethu ridge after reaching the top of Bannerman's like Ghaznavid mentions in his pass writeup(we did some extra walking). I used WarrenM's trail run track he posted (thanks Warren) as well as my own from the last time we did it 3 years ago and exported to GoogleEarth - looking at it this way makes it easy to zoom around and pickup where the caves are as well
In the end it actually worked out because we overnighted behind a rock wall on one of the lesotho peaks in heavy wind and snow- if we had been in the valley where we were supposed to be we would have been blown away as some other guys hiking same pass experienced
If anyone wants the kml Google earth file - let me know and I'll post it

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12 Jun 2019 10:38 #75068 by Sabine
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Looks like an interesting variation to a trail I have done too many times already

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13 Nov 2020 11:49 #76304 by Joshuar0904
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Hi, does anyone know the current state of Bannermans Hut, would we be able to sleep in the Hut?

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13 Nov 2020 12:09 #76305 by Smurfatefrog
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Joshuar0904 wrote: Hi, does anyone know the current state of Bannermans Hut, would we be able to sleep in the Hut?

Hi Joshua, plenty info and updates in the Bannerman Hut thread: www.vertical-endeavour.com/forum/drakensberg-huts/55553-bannerman-hut.html?start=30

(post will be moved after a couple days)

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10 Jan 2021 16:18 #76432 by petroengel
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Mountain Goat 007, do you just arrive at the Wildlife office and say you want to camp there for the night? I plan to do Bannerman's in the near future but have a long drive and need some place to sleep over before we can start to hike. Except if you maybe know of a camping spot on the trail c5km from the parking area close to water? How much did it cost the last time that you slept over there?
Also, I do not see a designated parking area on the map. Is it at the Wildlife office?

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11 Jan 2021 11:40 #76433 by Riaang
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Hi Petroengel,

You can just arrive and book the hut, but it may be occupied. If you want to ensure you have hutted accommodation, rather phone the office and book. You can also tent directly above the hut, slightly sloped ground but perfect for tents. There are numerous flat spots once on top of the lower berg, just pick a spot. Water will not be available everywhere, but right next to the hut is a stream where I've always got water. Alternatively, you can sleep at the campsite below at the start. Prices are the same for the hut as for camping in the berg. I speak under correction but I think it is R80 pppn.
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