Giants Castle Nature Reserve

relax in the Drakensberg Mountains - Giants Castle

Giants Castle Nature Reserve is beautifully located in the impressive Drakensberg Mountains and stretches from the foothills to the very top of the Drakensberg escarpment. Giants Castle Nature Reserve is part of the uKhahlamba Drakensberg World Heritage Site.

Giants Castle – Central Drakensberg

Giants Castle is known for its outstanding Drakensberg hiking and walking opportunities. Stunning countryside and an impressive selection of routes draw visitors from far and wide. There are hiking trails that fit all levels from easy 1 hour walks to extreme multi day hiking trails sleeping out in the mountains.

This KwaZulu-Natal nature reserve not only provides guests with a great opportunity to view wildlife at close quarters, but also a unique cultural and historical experience.

Attractions at Giant’s Castle

Hiking trails: Giants Castle is one of the best locations in the Drakensberg for hiking. Not only are the many varied hiking trails to choose from but you start your hike from 1850m of elevation which is 500m higher than Monks Cowl or Royal Natal. The simple truth is the higher you go the better the views.

Hiking at Giants Castle Nature Reserve - Central Drakensberg
Hiking in Giants Castle

Wildlife: The abundant wildlife of large herds of eland antelope and the chacma baboons are commonly seen. Mountain Reedbuck and Caracal are occasionally spotted.

Bird Watching: There are over 170 known species of birds, including many raptors such as Bearded Vulture and Black Eagle in the reserve.

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Bearded Vulture – Giants Castle

Vulture viewing: The Lammergeyer hide ‘Vulture hide’ where visitors can watch the Bearded Vulture (Lammergeyer) as well as other raptors feeding which is open year round and it takes only six people.vAdvanced bookings is essential.

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Lammergeyer hive (vulture hide) at Giants Castle Nature Reserve

Fly Fishing: Giants Castle Nature Reserve offer an opportunity for trout fishing. Only fly fishing tackle is allowed. (the closed season for fly fishing is between 1 June and 31 August)

Bushman Rock art: Giant’s Castle Nature Reserve is known for its magnificent San rock art. The main caves which are less than an hours walk from the camp is the easiest rock art site available in the Drakensberg to view Bushman rock art. A rock art guide is available at the rock art site and guided tours are available every hour on the hour from 09.00 to 15.00.

Overnight Hiking: Giant’s Castle offers four very basic mountain huts, three of which are situated just below the main escarpment. They sleep eight and provide opportunities to climb up various passes onto the top of the Drakensberg range. The fourth mountain hut is situated lower down on a ridge overlooking meander valley and sleeps four people. There are no facilities and these hiking huts just offer shelter for overnight hikers.

Where to stay when visiting Giants Castle Nature Reserve

Giants Castle Camp: The KZN Wildlife offers self catering accommodation in 2 bed, 4 bed and 6 bed. There is also a restaurant available at the camp.

Antbear Lodge: Of course we think the best place to stay is Antbear Lodge. Stay in a luxury cave and visit Giants Castle Nature Reserve as a day visitor. That way you get the best of both worlds.

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