Giants Castle Nature Reserve in the Central Drakensberg
Giant’s Castle is a mountain peak in the Central Drakensberg in KwaZulu Natal. Giants Castle Nature Reserve offers visitors to the region spectacular hiking opportunities with breathtaking views. Also offered at Giants Castle Nature Reserve is easy access to some of the best examples of bushman rock art in the Drakensberg Mountains.
A visit to Giant’s Castle offers guests the privilege of entering the remarkable world of the San as well as the opportunity to study a varied and exciting range of habitats. The San Art Museum (‘Main Cave’) is a gentle 45minute walk from the main camp while the grasslands, marshy areas, indigenous forests and many other energy flow ecosystems are easily accessible. Obtain a ticket from the reception before starting the trail.
Eland antelope and baboons are commonly seen while Mountain Reedbuck are occasionally spotted. The Lammegeier Hide offers guests an opportunity to view the rare Bearded Vulture [Lammergeier] as well as other raptor. Giant’s Castle camp is situated on a gassy plateau among the deep valleys running down from the face of the High Drakensberg, offering glorious views for hikers and mountain climbers.
––Superb rock art is high among the areas’ special attractions. Visits to the Main Caves Museum awards visitors with fascinating insight into the past lifestyle of the San people.
A host of activities can be enjoyed at the Giant Castle Game Reserve, but mostly the area is renowned for its splendid game and breathtaking views. Facilities at the reserve include a shop sells a wide range of curios and supplies, an exquisite restaurant and a cosy pub.
Giants Castle Gate Hours:
Summer (October to March) 5:00am to 7:00pm
Winter (April to September) 6:00am to 6:00pm
The office and shop are open from 8:00am to 6:00pm from Monday to Saturday and from 8:00am to 4:00pm on Sunday.
The weather is subject to change at short notice and hikers must be well equipped as it can get extremely cold. Hikers must also fill in their details in the mountain rescue register before proceeding on a hike.