Duration: 2-3 hours
Total distance: covered ±5.5km
Total height gain: ±53m
(All distances should only be used as a guide line and a detailed route description will be supplied on confirmation of booking.)
What makes this special: Easy access to bushman rock art via a very easy trail particularly suited to families with little kids.
Route: The walk to the caves starts from the reception area and is an easy walk following a well-marked and fairly level path. The tours run on the hour from 9am until 3pm and will take 45 minutes to reach the cave from the camp and you can bank on at least an hour on the tour. The Main Cave has been turned into a museum showcasing the Khoisan’s (Bushman’s) way of life, with walkways and platforms that can bring you up close to some really good paintings.
The route takes you up a protea-studded ridgeline, with excellent views of Giants Castle and the surrounding peaks. The proteas are also home to the Malachite sunbird and the Gurney’s sugarbird including a number of other bird species. The path is well marked and drops down to the small stream and following its bank for a while.
There is a steep section through the indigenous forest before it ends at the entrance gate to the cave. The tour starts at the main cave with figurines depicting the Khoisan’s life and the second cave has a lot more paintings that can be viewed up-close. Remember to not touch the paintings as the oils on our hands will degrade the paintings. The trail exits by a second gate and drops back down to the stream and after crossing the stream you can either follow a path back to the camp or turn left and join up with the Bushman’s River for the River Walk. The latter is stunning walk on hot days as there are several crystal-clear rock pools to dip into. A little way downstream, there’s a path heading back uphill to the camp.
There is a small curio shop to be visited afterwards including a restaurant where light meals and ice cold drinks can be enjoyed.
Included: Park & cave entrance fees, rescue levy and first aid kit.
Excluded: All meals and snacks on and after the trip.