Attractions IN Giants Castle

Nature Reserves

Injisuthi Nature Reserve

The Injisuthi Nature Reserve is a popular hotspot for those who love camping and hiking, as the camp grounds here are well equipped and idyllically situated. The amenities include hot water, ablution facilities and hutted accommodation, making it an ...

Attractions AROUND Giants Castle

Mountain Reserves / Popular Tourist Routes

Bushman's Nek

Bushmans Nek can be found in the southern region of Kwazulu Natal's Drakensberg. Reedbuk, Eland, Klipspringer, Grey Rhebok and Oribi are often spotted here as are Dassie, Porcupines and Rock Hyrax. The birdlife is also abundant and if you are lucky may ...

Miscellaneous / Popular Tourist Routes

Central Drakensberg

The beautiful Drakensberg range or Dragon Mountains, also known in Zulu as uKhahlamba or barrier of spears, is a voluminous stretch of mountains that covers over 1 000 kilometres from south-west to north-east, lying mostly in KwaZulu-Natal. Collectively ...

Nature Reserves

Coleford Nature Reserve

You will find Coleford Nature Reserve near to the town of Underberg, south east of the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park. Through its southern section flows the Ngwagwane River, one of its major features. But it also protects Drakensberg Foothill Moist ...

Uniquely South African / Entertainment

Drakenberg Boys' Choir

There arenít that many things in South Africa that you can say are unique or world class, but the Drakensberg Boysí Choir is one of them. Doors opened in 1965 to the first 20 pupils. The dream was of a multi-racial, multi-cultural Choir School to rival ...

Landmarks / Mountain Reserves

Drakensberg Amphitheatre

The Amphitheatre is a dramatic cliff face that measures more than five kilometres (3.1 miles) in length. The cliffs along the entire length of the range are more than 1.2 kilometres (4 000 feet) high. This massive ...

Mountain Reserves / Popular Tourist Routes

Drakensberg Gardens

In the southern foothills of the Drakensberg the Gardens Area might be, but the views from here of the towering peaks of the Dragon Mountains is pretty spectacular. This is the part of the Drakensberg that benefits from all the flowing rivers that gush ...

Mountain Reserves / Forests / Nature Reserves

Giant's Castle Nature Reserve

Historic Giant's Castle Nature 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 ...

Nature Reserves

Highmoor Nature Reserve

The beautiful Highmoor Nature Reserve lies within the Mkhomazi Wilderness in the central section of the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park, a World Heritage Site. As its name suggests Highmoor is reached by a spectacularly winding road that reaches up towards ...

Birdlife or Wildlife Sanctuaries

Hlatikulu Crane Sanctuary

The Hlatikulu Crane and Wetland Sanctuary is a rescue, rehabilitation and captive breeding facility for all three of South Africa's cranes - the blue crane, wattled crane and grey crowned crane. It is located at Hlatikulu Vlei, Giant's Castle, between ...

Lakes / Dams

Hlatikulu Vlei

Hlatikulu Vlei lies 32 km west of Mooi River in the foothills of the Drakensberg, between the Kamberg and Giant's Castle Nature Reserves. It is bounded on one side by Highmoor, whilst its other borders adjoin private land. The South African Crane ...

Mountain Reserves / Popular Tourist Routes

Northern Drakensberg

People are divided when it comes to delineating the Northern Drakensberg. There are those who speak of its borders as the Natal Drakensberg National Park in the north, down to Cathedral Peak in the south, whilst others extend its upper western reaches to ...

Popular Tourist Routes / Mountain Passes

Oliviershoek Pass

The Oliviershoek Pass, on the R74 from Bergville, is often used as an alternative route to Van Reenenís Pass. This happens when Van Reenan's Pass is closed off to motorists during bad weather, but you can also use it as a scenic alternative that might ...

Museums

Rhode House Museum

Mooi River is well known for its hospitality and one of the tourist spots to visit is the Rhode House Museum. The museum comprises an old house, displaying various exhibits of local history, including activities of the area such as dairy farming, polo ...

Mountain Reserves / Popular Tourist Routes

Southern Drakensberg

Broadly speaking, the southern parts of the Drakensberg lie between Bushman's Nek to the south-east and Kamberg to the north-west, including the Bulwer Mountain and what are often described as the 'country' towns of Underberg and Himeville. This part of ...

Nature Reserves

The Swamp Nature Reserve

Lying really close to Pevensey in the southern reaches of the Drakensberg, the Swamp Nature Reserve is situated almost due west of Garden Castle Nature Reserve and, as its name suggests, it protects a huge highland swamp system. The highlands are formed ...

Landmarks / Natural Wonders

Tugela Falls

The Tugela Falls in the Drakensberg is the highest waterfall in Africa. It is also regarded as the second highest waterfall in the world. There is, however, an ongoing debate that it could be the world's tallest waterfall, as opposed to Angel Falls in ...

National Parks / Nature Reserves / World Heritage Sites

Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park

The Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park has exceptional natural beauty in its soaring basaltic buttresses, incisive dramatic cutbacks, and golden sandstone ramparts. Rolling high altitude grasslands, the pristine steep sided river valleys and rocky gorges also ...

... and a little further afield

Golf Courses

Amphitheatre Golf Club

The gorgeous aesthetics of the Amphitheatre Golf Club belie the challenging nature of this special course. In its nine holes, the course manages to test and challenge players; whether they are playing as a hobby or are committed to improving their skills ...

Popular Tourist Routes

Battlefields Route

The KwaZulu Natal hinterland has witnessed some of the most brutal and significant battles to be fought in South Africa. These historical sites form part of the Battlefields Route, a trip through 14 historical towns whose surrounding areas boast the ...

Mountain Passes

Bezuidenhout's Pass

This remote gravel pass lies in the mountainous region between Harrismith and Bergville on the border between the Free State and Kwazulu-Natal, not far east of the Sterkfontein Dam. As such Bezuidenhout's Pass is less of a drive and more of a 4x4 feat, ...

Mountain Passes

Brandon's Pass

Brandon's Pass is one of the highest mountain passes in the country. It has also earned its place on a list of 'dangerous roads' in South Africa. Perhaps because it is seldom driven, other than by offroad enthusiasts, not much is known about the ...

Golf Courses

Cathedral Peak Golf Club

Set in spectacular berg scenery the Cathedral Peak Golf course was designed and built by Roly Taylor with the collaboration of his well-known brother, Reg. The course which has been termed "the thinking golfer's course" was opened on 13 January 1996 by ...

Mountain Reserves / Forests / Nature Reserves

Cathedral Peak State Forest

The Cathedral Range, with its numerous free standing peaks and magnificent mountain scenery, is one of the most favoured parts of the Berg for backpacking and rock climbing. Bordered in the north and north-west by the Upper Tugela Location and in the ...

Golf Courses

Champagne Sports Golf Course

Situated in the Central Drakensberg at Champagne Sports Resort this course has recently been extended to an 18-hole layout designed by Huch Biaocchi. The backdrop of Cathkin and Champagne Peaks makes it one of the most scenic courses in South Africa and ...

Mountain Reserves / Forests / Nature Reserves

Cobham State Forest

Cobham is situated in the Southern part of the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park, and is approximately 150 km from Pietermaritzburg. Dominated by Hodgson's Peaks which enclose the Giants Cup, Cobham is a 52,000 ha section of the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park in ...

Mountain Passes

Colling's Pass

Colling's Pass (often called Collin's Pass) is one of several mountain passes in the mountains where KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and the Free State meet. This area is peppered with mountain passes: Verkykerskop, De Beers Pass, Colling's Pass, Normandien ...

Birdlife or Wildlife Sanctuaries

Drakensberg Foothills Birding Route

The heart of the Lower Drakensberg Foothills Birding Route lies in the lowlands below Sani Pass filled with nature reserves and huge tracts of mist belt forest and grassland alive with birds.. The Lower Drakensberg Foothills ...

Giants Castle as a destination

Also in the neighbourhood

Bergville, Bushmans Nek Valley, Cathedral Peak, Cedarville, Central Drakensberg, Champagne Valley, Drakensberg Gardens, Estcourt, Geluksburg, Himeville, Kamberg, Kokstad, Matatiele, Monks Cowl, Mont-aux-Sources, Northern Drakensberg, Sani Pass, Southern Drakensberg, Sterkfontein, Swartberg, Underberg, Van Reenen, Winterton, Witsieshoek

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