Giant's Castle Nature Reserve

Giant's Castle, home of the eland and the majestic bearded vulture, lies in the Central Drakensberg region of the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park

KwaZulu Natal Game and Nature ReservesThe Giant's Castle Nature Reserve

Historic Giant's Castle Game Reserve, home of the eland and the majestic bearded vulture, lies in the Central Drakensberg region of the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park, a World Heritage Site.

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 its special attractions. The renowned vulture restaurant is open in winter for visitors to watch bearded vultures and other endangered species feeding. Visit the Main Caves Museum for fascinating insight into the past lifestyle of the San people.

Giant's has four 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.

Wildlife includes Eland and chacma baboons which are commonly seen. Mountain Reedbuck are occassionally spotted.

There is a "Vulture Restaurant" where one may watch the Bearded Vulture (Lammergeyer) as well as other raptors.

Popular Activities in Giant's Castle Nature Reserve

Langalibalele Pass hike

The hike up Langalibalele Pass is one of the quickest passes into the Drakensberg, but it is also fairly steep. Think of it as 'no pain, no gain'. For those who do not have all day to reach the views, this is well worth it. Once up on the...

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Giant's Castle hikes

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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Did you know?

The rock art of the Drakensberg is the largest and most concentrated group of rock paintings in Africa south of the Sahara and is outstanding both in quality and diversity of subject.

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