Giant's Castle

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Giant's Castle
Giant's Castle is located in South Africa
Giant's Castle
Giant's Castle
Location in South Africa
Elevation 3,315 m (10,876 ft)
Listing List of mountains in South Africa
Location
Location KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Range Drakensberg
Coordinates 29°20′0″S 29°29′0″E / 29.33333°S 29.48333°E / -29.33333; 29.48333Coordinates: 29°20′0″S 29°29′0″E / 29.33333°S 29.48333°E / -29.33333; 29.48333
Climbing
Easiest route Scramble
Giant's Castle at sunrise
Panorama at Giant's Castle
Giant's Castle 3D

Giant's Castle is a mountain peak in the southern African Drakensberg in KwaZulu Natal. Giants Castle offers visitors to the regions hiking opportunities with panoramic views. The Nature Reserve offers secluded accommodation, bushman rock art with easy access for everyone and about the best base to start a Drakensberg hiking experience. The area is one of many of South Africa's adventure areas, and plays host to the Giants Challenge MTB marathon in April each year.

Lying at the southern end of the central Drakensberg Giant’s Castle, which gets its name from the outline of the peaks and escarpment that combine to resemble the profile of a sleeping giant, is essentially a grassy plateau that nestles among the deep valleys of this part of the Drakensberg.

Giants Castle Game Reserve is considered the home of the eland as well as the bearded vulture. Another Giants Castle highlight is the superb bushman rock art at main caves which is easy to get to and well presented.

Formerly the renowned Lammergeier Hide was open for visitors to watch bearded vultures and other endangered bird species. This facility has since fallen into disrepair.

Hiking Trails[edit]

There are in excess of 25 walks in the Giant’s Castle Game Reserve. The 285 km network of trails here includes 3 km to 30 km hikes, spanning from 1 hour to overnight.

There are currently 14 recognized escarpment passes in the region (listed north to south):

The Bushman’s River Trail is one of the most popular walks in the reserve. Points of interest along this route include Sandstone View and the historic Rock 75, where a cook from the 75th Regiment on Foot carved the figure 75 into a boulder during the Langalibalele rebellion in 1874. The highlight of this trail is the Main Caves, with one of the best known rock-art sites in South Africa

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