Drakensberg Off The Beaten Path

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    Explore Cannibal Cavern

    by Bushman23 Updated Oct 13, 2007

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    Right at the back of the cave...

    If you travel to The Cavern berg resort, it's well worth your while hiking up to Cannibal Cavern. This is where, during Shaka's reign, a small tribe of Zulu's lived in hiding, eventually having to resort to cannibalism to survive.

    The cave has a 40 meter high roof, and goes back about 30 meters. There are a few rather worn bushman paintings, but exploring the cave finds the most wonderful things...

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    The Big 5

    by Bushman23 Updated Jun 1, 2004

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    Sterkhorn from the bottom

    Champagne Castle (See Accomodation), offers a series of 5 hikes, called the Big 5. Ive done the Sterkhorn hike, while my dad has done all 5, more than once! Hikes range in length from an hour long, to 3 days long.

    Be prepared for some rough going, as these hikes can be murderous! Every finisher gets presented with a certificate from the hotel, and people completing all hikes get there name on the honours board.

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    Rock Carvings

    by Bushman23 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Just down the path from Sungubala Mountain Camp is the Silent Woman, aka the "Pawpaw lady" (Use your imagination), a rock carving done by Willie Chalmers in the 60's. Still in beautiful condition, a very easy walk for the whole family, with a nice stretch of river next to it.

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    4x4 trips in the mountains

    by Bushman23 Written Mar 22, 2004

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    Several hotels offer excellent 4x4 trips, taking you to rock carvings, out-of -the-way bushman paintings, or just to great picnic locations. The drivers are very experienced, and take you on some hair raising routes. Fun for the whole family!

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    Learn how another culture Lives

    by Bushman23 Written Aug 18, 2003

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    A local Basotho child

    If you're in the Southern Drakensberg, take some time to travel up the Sani Pass into Lesotho, and go see how the Basotho people live. I went up and it blew my mind that people could survive in those conditions!

    There are a few tour operators running out of Underberg, who will take you up in a 4x4, give you a guided tour of the village (where you eat home-made Basotho bread), and then will take you to the highest pub in Africa where you can get lunch.

    It is a fantastic day out for the whole family. Do not attempt to drive up the pass in anything less than a pick-up truck. You have been warned...

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    Well worth the walk

    by Bushman23 Written Apr 22, 2004

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    The main body of paintings

    If you are in the Souther Drakensberg, walk from Sani Pass hotel to the Bushman paintings in the National Park. Its a long walk (about 4 hours return), but the paintings are awesome! The trail starts on the first hole of the Golf course.

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    Definitely off the beaten path!

    by Bushman23 Written Apr 25, 2004

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    Sani Pass: not for the faint hearted!

    If you plan to drive up Sani Pass, make sure you have a vehicle that can cope! I've heard of people taking normal cars up here, and i've seen a microbus coming down, but please, anything less than full 4 wheel drive is madness!

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    Off the Beaten Path

    by Gili_S Written Dec 22, 2008

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    This region as a whole is Off the Beaten Path, and in every little corner there might be an interesting place to see or a surprise, I can only say that everywhere it was just fantastic, put on your hiking shoes and go…

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    Bushman paintings

    by Jenniflower Updated Mar 21, 2009

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    Rock Art, Drakensberg (Champagne Valley)

    The earliest inhabitants of the Drakensberg were Bushmen.

    The San people lived in harmony with their environment, taking no more than they needed to survive.

    They hunted when they were hungry, not for sport. I wish the West would take a note out of their book... and leave the poor animals alone (I am against hunting you might imagine!).

    Sadly, violent historic clashes with white settlers and Nguni tribes brought their era to an end and all that remains is their remarkable rock craft in the form of Bushman art, found in all kinds of caverns and caves and rock faces.

    It's crucuial to never touch or deface Bushman art. It is irreplaceable!

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    Sani Pass by Quad Bike

    by Gili_S Written Dec 22, 2008

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    This is me on the way up the Sani Pass by quad bike.
    It is probably the most convenience measure to drive up the pass to 2874 meter high, it was fantastic trip.

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