Giant’s Castle Game Reserve in the central region of the uKhahlamba DrakensbergPark takes its name from the silhouette of the peaks and escarpment that resemble the profile of a sleeping giant.
Wild flowers of the Drakensberg is the design theme of Giant’s Castle Camp and Rock Lodge and original botanical paintings feature in all the chalets and lodge buildings.
The camp has 37 two-bed-chalets with en-suite facilities, a lounge/dining area and fully appointed kitchens; four four-bed chalets with two bedrooms, a bathroom, a lounge/dining area and a fully equipped kitchen; and four six-bed chalets featuring three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a lounge/dining area and a fully appointed kitchen.
Unit number 8, known as “Bride’s Bush” has a double bed, a very private setting with a lovely view of the mountains which makes it an ideal honeymoon suite
Rock Lodge boasts a magnificent honeymoon suite built into the side of a massive rock and all three twin-bed bedrooms feature luxurious en-suite facilities. The lodge provides satellite television and a resident cook that prepares excellent meals with food supplied by the guests.
Izimbali restaurant and bar provides guests with the option of fully catered meals in its warm and relaxed atmosphere.
A vulture hide allows unique birding in winter and the MainCavesMuseum gives an insight into the past life of the San People.
Historic Giant’s Castle Game Reserve, home of the eland and the majestic bearded vulture, lies in the Central Berg region of the UkhahlambaDrakensbergPark, 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. Superb rock art is high among its special attractions. The renowned vulture restaurant is open in winter for visitors to watch bearded vultures and other endangered species feeding.Visit the MainCavesMuseum for fascinating insight into the past lifestyle of the San people.
Giant’s has four mountain huts, three of which are situated just below the main escarpment. They sleep eight and provide opportunities to climb up various passes onto the top of the Drakensberg range. The fourth mountain hut is situated lower down on a ridge overlooking meander valley and sleeps four people
PREHISTORIC ROCK ART:
There is a large sandstone cave containing prehistoric San rock art. This is one of the biggest and best preserved painted sites in southern Africa. This cave is an easy 30 minute walk from the camp office and regular guided tours are taken through this unique exhibition from 09h00 to 15h00 daily for a small fee.
There is a variety of self guided day walks through the lower parts of the park throughout the year, weather permitting. Routes are available from the camp office.
BIRD WATCHING :
Over 170 known species of birds, including many raptors such as Bearded Vulture and Black Eagle
THE LAMMERGEYER HIDE:
Offers excellent viewing of raptors from May to September – limited availability so booking NB
HIKING AND CAMPING:
Throughout the year. Overnight hiking is suitable for experienced hikers. Tents are only permitted above the contour line, out of sight of the main hutted camp.
In the streams along the Bushman’s River; in season only [closed season 1 June to 31 August].
Limited to parts of the Bushman’s River below the drinking water in-take for Giants Camp. [Summer months only!]
Mainly Eland and other species of antelope, baboons, also some smaller mammals such as rock hyrax(dassie)and serval. Best sightings are in the winter months, but good throughout the year.
Mountain bikes are only allowed on the 75 kilometre Mountain Bike Challenge route.
This is held annually on the last Sunday in April.
Excellent opportunities throughout the year, irrespective of weather, particularly in the comfortable rest camp.
Barrier of Spears, Mountain Splendour, and Dragons Wrath, all by Reg Pearce; Field Guide to the Natal Drakensberg, by Dave and Pat Irwin; 120 Drakensberg Walks, by David Bristow; Cradle of Rivers, by David Dodds and “Giant`s Castle A Personal Experience” by Bill Barnes.