About Garden Castle State Forest

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

Did you know? 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.

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WhereGarden Castle State Forest, Southern Drakensberg, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

WhenBest during daylight hours.

OvernightStay in Himeville Accommodation, KwaZulu Natal

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