Giants Castle

Historic Giant's Castle Game Reserve, home of the eland and the majestic bearded vulture, lies in the Central Drakensberg region of the Maloti-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.

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Bannerman Cave

Bannerman Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Bannerman cave is in Lesotho behind Bannerman Face and can be accessed either via Bannerman Pas, Hubi Pass or Langalibalele Pass. The cave is south facing and has a fairly narrow entrance.
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Bannerman Face

Bannerman Face

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Situated above Bannerman Hut on the Giants Castle area and is about 600m wide.
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Bannerman Hut

Bannerman Hut

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Bannerman Hut is located inside the Giant's Castle Reserve in the Drakensburg Central area of KwaZulu Natal. This remotely located hut is often used  for a night when traversing between the Giant's Castle and Injisuthi areas on a multiple day trek. The morning sunrise makes the hike up the hill well worth while.
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If you only ever do one overnight hiking trip in the Drakensberg then this is at the top of the list. The hike to Bannerman Hut on day one is 10km and a climb, most people will be fine. Sleep in relative luxury and in the morning hike up Bannerman Pass. You have plenty time to get to the top and back before sunset for ...
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Bannerman Hut Hike

Bannerman Hut Hike

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

A 10 km hike, mostly uphill to the best overnight hut in the Drakensberg. The hike starts at the day picnic spot at Giants Castle. A short downhill and then a mostly gentle climb for about 4km's. The last 5km's are along the contours to the Hut, enjoy the views on the way. The sunrise that awaits you from the hut in t ...
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Bannerman Hut via Langalibalele Ridge

Bannerman Hut via Langalibalele Ridge

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

The long way to get to Bannerman Hut, 14km's, 609m uphill most of which is in the 1st half of the hike, its pretty flat thereafter. The views from Bannerman Hut and the relative luxury of the hut overnight will make the hike worth while.
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Bannerman Pass Hike

Bannerman Pass Hike

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Bannerman Pass was named after former British Prime Minister Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman. It is said that, when viewed from the right angle, the cliffs just south of the pass resemble the profile of his face. Personally I have never been able to see it, but nonetheless, that's the origin. Risks: the pass can get iced ...
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Bond Pass

Bond Pass

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

In the Giants Castle area to the left of Langalibalele Pass, a relatively easy pass with some zig-zagging between the each small cliff on the way up.
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Bond Peak

Bond Peak

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Bond Peak is located within the Giants Castle area. Bond Pass and Jaraten Pass are the closest passes.
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Carbineer Point

Carbineer Point

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Carbineer Point is located within the Giants Castle area. Jarateng/Jarding's Pass (South) is the closest pass. Image from left to right, Katana, Carbineer Point, Kambule and Mount Durnford.
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Eastern Gully

Eastern Gully

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

The Eastern Gully is a Rock Pass situated in the Giant's Castle area.
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Elandshoek Pass

Elandshoek Pass

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Elandshoek Pass is situated in the Giant's Castle area. There is evidence that the path is frequently used as a smugglers/stock theft pass. Elandshoek is a pass with spectacular views.
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Erskine

Erskine

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Erskine peak is considered to be a easy hike. It is named after a soldier who died in 1873 during a skirmish.
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Giant's Castle

Giant's Castle

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Giants Castle peak is located in the Giants Castle nature reserve. It was named by its appearance of a giant lying on his back.
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A hike to the main caves to see Bushman Paintings and then along the Bushman's river for a picnic. The circular route is 5.3km's and can be made shorter if required. A great day out for all ages.
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Giant's Castle Nature Reserve

Giant's Castle Nature Reserve

Private Bag X7055, , KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

The Giants Castle Nature Reserve is located in the Central Drakensberg and is 34 638 ha in extent and ranges from 1 300 metres to 3 280 metres in altitude and is noted for its plentiful rock art. This area is home to the endangered majestic Bearded Vulture. The most popular activities are hiking, climbing, trout fishin ...
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Giant's Castle Pass

Giant's Castle Pass

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

One of the most identifiable passes of the Drakensberg Mountains, Giant's Castle Pass is a steep, rocky ascent to 3 102m offering stunning views. Some say it's an extreme 4 hr (6 km) hike from Giant's Hut below, others will say an easy 2hrs, we would say a 3 hr moderately difficult hike with a full backpack.
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Giant's Cave

Giant's Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Giants cave is on your left going up Giants Castle Pass. Higher up to your right is Giants Cave 2.
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Giant's Cave 2

Giant's Cave 2

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Giants Cave 2 is on your right going up Giants pass.
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Giant's Hut

Giant's Hut

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

The hut is a ruin situated off the contour path which runs below Giant's Castle.
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Giant's Pass Peak

Giant's Pass Peak

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Giants Pass Peak is located in the Giants Castle nature reserve.
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Giant's Summit Cave

Giant's Summit Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Giants Summit Cave is on your right at the top of Giants pass.
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Gypaetus Pass

Gypaetus Pass

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Gypaetus is a steep zig-zag pass to the right of Bannerman Pass started from Bannerman Hut.
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Gypaetus Point

Gypaetus Point

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Gypaetus point is located in Giants castle, the peak is in close proximity of The Bannerman cave. The peak is named after the bearded vultures (Gypaetus barbatus) which live in the vicinity of the peak.
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