Garden Castle State Forest

Garden Castle State Forest is the southern most part of the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park and incorporates the Bushman's Nek Valley

KwaZulu Natal Game and Nature ReservesThe Garden Castle State Forest

Garden Castle is the southern most part of the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park and incorporates the Bushman's Nek Valley.

The Garden Castle reserve is 35 300 hectares in extent and offers the visitor a variety of experiences.

Dominated by the Rhino (a 3051m Peak which extends about 2km from the main escarpment), the area is characterized by many unusual sandstone buttresses and other formations.

The wildlife is diverse and the walks particularly scenic with many rock art sites in the sandstone caves and overhangs.

A challenging hike takes visitors from 1840m up to the top of the Rhino with the reward of magnificent views from Lesotho to East Griqualand. As there is no accommodation, hikes are required to carry all their equipment and whatever they will need for the duration of their hike.

Popular Activities in and near Garden Castle State Forest

Sherry Cave Hike

Where? Underberg
Those who make the climb site the views as their reason (although from the cave itself these are not anything to write home about, rather it takes a walk to the top of the hill behind the cave for much wider views). It may have more to do with the...

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Giant's Castle hikes

Where? Giants Castle
Giant's Castle refers both to the landmark rock massif in the central Drakensberg, where it rests in amongst the peaks of Champagne Castle and Cathkin Peak, and the game reserve of the same name, proclaimed way back in 1903 to protect a declining...

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Drakensberg Horse Trails

Where? Bergville
This is an all day trip up the Sani Pass in a 4x4, looking for Drakensberg Rockjumper, Sentinel Rockthrush, Drakensberg Siskin, Bush Blackcap and Mountain Pipit. Join Stuart McLean on a birding trip up the majestic Sani Pass, the only road to...

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