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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Hlubi Pass (North)

Hlubi Pass (North)

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

The Hlubi passes lie midway between The Thumb and Langalibalele Pass. Hlubi South Pass is one of the easiest passes to conquer. The Hlubi North Pass is severely eroded at the top portion due to overgrazing in this area.
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Hlubi Pass (South)

Hlubi Pass (South)

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

The Hlubi passes lie midway between The Thumb and Langalibalele Pass. Hlubi South Pass is one of the easiest passes to conquer. The Hlubi North Pass is severely eroded at the top portion due to overgrazing in this area.
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Jarateng Cave

Jarateng Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Jarateng Cave is in the Giants Castle area. Picture credit thanks to Dylan Harris. The cave can sleep up to 8 people as it it quite deep and wide but fairly low. The protection is great from all elements as the entrance is almost slanted downwards with a slight overhang and acts as a barrier. Most of the heat is als ...
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Jarateng Pass (North)

Jarateng Pass (North)

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Jarateng (Jarding) Pass is in fact three passes that are absent or unclear on most hiking maps. Out of the three, the southernmost route is easier conquered. They are located in the Giant's Castle area.
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Jarateng Pass (South)

Jarateng Pass (South)

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

The Southern Jarateng Pass is the grassier of the three. It is Located in the Giant's Castle region.
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Jarateng/Jarding's Pass (Central)

Jarateng/Jarding's Pass (Central)

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Located in Central Drakensberg, the Central Jarateng Pass tops out high on the Southern slopes of Mount Durnford. It is most likely the easiest of the three passes as the northern and southern are rockier.
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Kambule Peak

Kambule Peak

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Kambule peak is located in the Giants Castle area near Jarateng Pass.  Image from left to right, Katana, Carbineer Point, Kambule and Mount Durnford.
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Katana

Katana

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Katana peak is located in the Giants Castle area. It is considered a complicated climb especially when there is snow. Image description: Looking North after the Long Wall towards Katana in front and the Thumb in the distance. A relatively easy three-hour hike from here to Langalibalele Pass after summiting Mount Durnf ...
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Langalibalele Pass

Langalibalele Pass

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Old maps may refer to this as "Bushman's River Pass", as it was known in the 19th century. The exact date of the name change to "Langalibalele Pass" is uncertain, but makes reference to the arrest of the amaHlubi Chief Langalibalele at the top of this pass in 1873. Seven people died during this capture, five from the E ...
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Langalibalele Pass Hike

Langalibalele Pass Hike

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Old maps may refer to this as "Bushman's River Pass", as it was known in the 19th century. The exact date of the name change to "Langalibalele Pass" is uncertain, but makes reference to the arrest of the amaHlubi Chief Langalibalele at the top of this pass in 1873. Seven people died during this capture, five from the E ...
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Long Wall

Long Wall

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Long Wall is the fifth highest peak in South Africa. It is a long wall of rock north of Giant’s Castle.
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Main Caves at Giant's Castle

Main Caves at Giant's Castle

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Main 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 ...
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Meander Hut

Meander Hut

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Meander Hut overlooks meander stream and is set on the edge of the hill. A really stunning view over the valley looking back towards Highmoor. The Hut burn't down some years ago and is currently a ruin.
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Tags

A relatively easy day hike for the family (probably 8 and above). A steep hill on the way to the hut but almost all downhill after. The views from the hut looking back towards Highmoor and into the valley below are worth while. Sadly the hut burnt down and is not in use at the moment. The last image in the gallery sho ...
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Mount Durnford

Mount Durnford

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Mount Durnford is in the Giants Castle area.
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Ntabamhlophe / White Mountain

Ntabamhlophe / White Mountain

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Ntabahlope is in the Giants Castle region of the Drakensberg.
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Potterhill

Potterhill

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Potterhill is in the Giants Castle area.
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Sanqebethu

Sanqebethu

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Sanqebethu is in the Giants Castle area.
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Spare Rib Cave

Spare Rib Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Spare Rib Cave is on your left 1.6km from Bannerman Hut going up Bannerman Pass (thus about half way up the pass). To get to the cave some care should be taken near the entrance as its on rock and it not level. The views from the cave are beautiful. In summer the cave is wet and a better alternative is to stay in Bann ...
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Taylor's Pass

Taylor's Pass

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

The top of Taylor's Pass is near Elandshoek - which is frequently used by the locals - so there i high traffic in that area. It is located in the Giants Castle area.
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The Thumb

The Thumb

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

The Thumb is in the Giants Castle region of the Drakensberg.
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Thumb Pass

Thumb Pass

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

The Thumb Pass is located in the Cobham region of the Drakensberg.
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Thumb Spur

Thumb Spur

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Thumb Spur is in the Giants Castle area.
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