Garden Castle

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.

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Black Eagle Pass

Black Eagle Pass

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Black Eagle Pass is not on the main escarpment and forms part of the Giants Cup Hikeathon.
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Bollard Pass

Bollard Pass

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Bollard Pass is not marked on most hiking maps. It is closely associated with and named after Bollard Peak.
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Corncob Cave

Corncob Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Corncob Cave (named so after corncobs were found at the cave) is near the top of Walkers Pass and almost level in height to Isicatula Peak.
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Curtain Cave

Curtain Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

This cave has a large deep overhang and is 40m from Wave cave.
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Engagement Cave

Engagement Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Enough space for 2 people, found 190m up the valley from Seeping Beauty Cave.
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Fun Cave

Fun Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Only 20m from Verkyker cave Fun Cave has a narrow sloping overhang that is large enough to sleep 12.
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Garden Castle Nature Reserve

Garden Castle Nature Reserve

PO Box 378, , KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Garden Castle is situated in the southern most section of the Maloti-Drakensberg Park. The reserve is a total of 35 300 ha in extent and offers the visitor a variety of experiences. Garden Castle forms part of the Maloti-Drakensberg Park, South Africa’s first cultural and environmental World Heritage Site. The excepti ...
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Garden Castle Peak

Garden Castle Peak

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Can be seen from Winterhoek Hut in Garden Castle.
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Garden Castle to Rhino Peak (Thaba Ngcobo)

Garden Castle to Rhino Peak (Thaba Ngcobo)

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

An difficult 10km hike which takes roughly 5 hours with a total uphill of 1 194m. An early start and the hike to the top and back can be done in a day, else take is easy and sleep in a cave or tent at the top overnight.
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Garden Castle to Sleeping Beauty Cave Hike

Garden Castle to Sleeping Beauty Cave Hike

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

An easy 2 hour hike over 3.7 km with a total uphill of 377m. The cave is huge and offers excellent protection from bad weather. The last section on the way to the cave is up some wooden steps.There is enough flat sections in the cave to sleep 10 people comfortably. The video by Patrik Kjellgren @patttrici shows how bi ...
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Giant's Cup Trail Hike

Giant's Cup Trail Hike

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

The Giants Cup trail is the only established trail in the Drakensberg. The hike is over 5 days (and 5 nights accommodation in the Drakensberg) and is 58.9km's in total. The first day is 12.8 km's and you stay in Pholela Hut. Day two is 8.8 km's and you stay in Mzimkhulwana Hut. Day 3 is 12 km's and you stay in Winterho ...
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John's Cave

John's Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

John's Cave is in the Garden Castle area below Little Bamboo Mountain. This caves name is given by Dave Sclanders in memory of John C. Durno (junior) who died in 1933 at 15 years of age.
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Langalibalele Cave

Langalibalele Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Langalibalele Cave is in Garden Castle near the base of Langaibalele Peak. No camping is permitted due to the cave having Bushman Paintings. The exact location has not been shown.
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Linotsing Peak

Linotsing Peak

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Linotsing Peak is in the Garden castle area.
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Mashai

Mashai

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

From left to right: Thaba Ngwangwe Peak, Walkers Peak and Mashai Peak
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Mashai Pass

Mashai Pass

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Mashai Pass is often used by hikers climbing the Rhino. Some sections are harshly eroded making it a tricky pass to do. It is the first gully North of Mlambonja Peak and has cairns marking the top.
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Mashai Shelter

Mashai Shelter

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Located in Garden Caslte as the top of Mashai Pass this small 2 man shelter may offer a little protection from the elements.
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Matebeng

Matebeng

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

The Matebeng peak is found in the Garden Castle area.
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Mzimkhulu Cave

Mzimkhulu Cave

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Mzimkhulu Cave is in the Garden Castle area on the route followed up Mzimkhulu Pass.
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Mzimkhulu Pass (Middle)

Mzimkhulu Pass (Middle)

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

The Mzimkhulu Middle Pass is located in the Garden Castle area. There is a waterfall on route which may be tricky to navigate.
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Mzimkhulu Pass (North)

Mzimkhulu Pass (North)

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

There are three possible heads to the Mzimkhulu pass. The North pass is easy with a distinct path and offers beautiful scenery.
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Mzimkhulu Pass (South)

Mzimkhulu Pass (South)

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

 The South Mzimkhulu Pass has no path but it is an easy pass.
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Mzimude

Mzimude

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Mzimude is in the Garden Castle area.
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Mzimude Caves

Mzimude Caves

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Mzimude caves is in the Garden Castle area. Their are 3 caves all in very close vicinity to eachother. The caves offer good shelter and have a level floor.
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