Main Caves at Giant's Castle

main cavesMain Caves is in the Giants Castle area.

This painted shelter is easily accessed and is a short walk from the Giants Castle camp. The site is fenced and guided tours commence at the cave entrance hourly 9.00 am to 3.00 pm. They take a maximum of 13 people at a time, so get there early.

This is an extensively painted cave although it has badly weathered over time. The Park authorities have built walk ways to protect the cave floor and prevent direct access to the rock face. There is also a life-sized bushman model scene depicting the life of a bushman family.

Interpretation by Celeste Rossouw: The picture on the left depicts antelopes from behind. This posture is called foreshortening and is limited to the Drakensberg in South Africa. The image on the right shows an open air site museum that was established in Main Caves to depict the life and ways of Bushmen who were believed to have utilised this cave up to the 1880s.

Contact: Reception 036 353 3718, Mrs. Daphne Mthethwa, Officer-in-Charge of Giant’s Castle 084 363 8660, Thandeka (guide) 082 429 0509

Location (Degrees)
29°16'49.8"S 29°30'55.1"E
Location (Decimal)
-29.280497, 29.515308
Cave Name
Type of Hike
Day Hike
Hike Grade
Hike Distance (Km's to destination)
1.5
Total Hike Distance (Km's)
3.0
Hike Duration (to destination)
0.4
Hike Duration (return)
0.4
Total Hike Duration (Hrs)
1.2
Explore
Bushman Paintings, Caves
Altitude
1,791
Bushman Painting Name