Drakensberg Passes in Giants Castle

Passes in the Giant's Castle area.

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Bannerman hut at the bottom of this pass makes this a very popular pass. It is short and fun to do especially if you are new to the Drakensberg. Bannerman cave can be found over the summit ridge to the south. The pass is 3 km long and 822 up from Bannerman Hut. On the way up the pass (1.8km) you will see Spare Rib Cav ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Thumb Pass

Thumb Pass

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

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