Central Drakensberg

Central Drakensberg

The Central Drakensberg forms a large section of the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park. Popular destinations in this region of the Drakensberg include Monks Cowl Reserve, Injisuthi and the Giants Castle Game Reserve.

Central Drakensberg
Relax in the Central Drakensberg

Monks Cowl takes its name from a peak between Champagne Castle and Cathedral Peak. It is one of the main access points for people wanting to explore the Central Drakensberg and access to the main escarpment. There are only camping facilities available at Monks cowl, but there are several guesthouse available in the region. Overnight hike camping spots can be booked at the offices here. One of the main attractions in the area is the Sterkspruit Falls. The world famous Drakensberg Boys Choir is also nearby and if they have concerts scheduled while you are in the area, then it is well worth attending.

Injasuti is situated in the northern section of the Giants Castle area. It is reached by a 30km dirt road. The campsite has views of Cathkin Peak, Monk’s Cowl and Champagne Castle. The campsite is located on the Injasuti and Delmhlwazini rivers. There are many scenic hiking trails through the valley. There is fantastic rock art at Battle Cave and an excellent swimming spot at the Marble Baths, which is about a 5 hour hike from the camp.

The Giants Castle Reserve The Giants Castle Reserve now forms the central section of the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park. The reserve is known for its many San rock art sites and the endangered bearded vulture and many majestic Eland. The camp is situated on a grassy plateau surrounded by deep valleys down from the face of the High Drakensberg.

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