Giants Castle Camp - Premier KZN Wildlife destination in the Drakensberg
Giants Castle Camp is the premier accommodation destination offered by KZN Wildlife in the Drakensberg Mountains. Giants Castle Camp is equipped for self catering but also has a restaurant and bar which provides guests with the option of fully catered meals in its warm and relaxed atmosphere
Giants Castle Main Camp Accommodation and facilities
Although all accommodation at Giants Castle camp is equipped for self catering, the Izimbali restaurant and bar provides guests with the option of fully catered meals in its warm and relaxed atmosphere .
The shop is stocked with curios as well as a range of supplies commonly found useful.
Most accommodation chalets have fantastic views over the mountain, however, some are in a quiet garden-like setting.
There are many walks available from the camp, including the half-hour gentle walk up to the main cave and the bushman museum (entrance fee applicable, payable at Giants Castle camp). A guided interpretation of the museum is available every hour on the hour between 09h00 and 15h00 and gives a fascinating insight into the lives of the Bushman (San) people.
There is a vulture hide which is now quite famous for often providing fantastic sightings in the winter months.
2 Bed Chalets
There are 37 of these chalets at Giants Castle , all of which have en-suite facilities, a lounge and dining area, as well as a fully equipped kitchen for self catering. Each chalet has a fireplace and barbeque area. All linen and towels are provided. Unit # 8 is known as 'Bride's Bush', and contains a double bed and a private setting with a view of the mountains, ideal as a honeymoon suite.
4 Bed Chalets
Giants Castle Camp has 4 x 4 bed chalets, each of which consist of 2 twin bedrooms, a bathroom, a lounge and dining area and a fully equipped kitchen for self catering. Each chalet has a barbeque area and a fireplace, and linen, blankets and towels are provided.
6 Bed Chalets
There are 3 twin bedrooms and two bathrooms in the four 6 bed chalets. The kitchens are fully appointed for self catering, and there is again a lounge and dining area in each unit. There is a fireplace and barbeque area. Linen, blankets and towels are all provided.
Luxury Rock Lodge at Giants Castle
Rock Lodge sleeps 6 people in a blissful setting. There are three superb bedrooms all with luxurious en-suite bathrooms, the main bedroom being a magnificent honeymoon suite built into the side of a massive rock. Rock Lodge is a tranquil, exclusive lodge nestled on the crest of the hill with a turf roof to mask its appearance from behind, with magnificent views of the slumbering giant and the great wall of the Drakensberg mountains.
The lodge boasts a sumptuous lounge with satellite television, dining room and kitchen. This is the ideal place for those wanting to enjoy a sense of secluded privacy in the midst of scenic mountain splendour. The Drakensberg wild flowers that form the theme of the popular Giant's Castle camp and Rock lodge are magnificent in season. Visitors can amble out on a variety of walks that lead from the lodge into the mountains and valleys or indulge in a strenuous hike overnighting in mountain huts. Relaxation is key and the attraction of whiling the day away with a good book with the magnificent view just a glance away is the best remedy for the most jaded city dweller. There is a fireplace and barbeque area. The lodge is only available for single group bookings.
Giants Castle Nature Reserve
Giant's Castle Game Reserve, home of the eland and the majestic bearded vulture, lies in the Central Berg region of the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park, which is now 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. The area is steeped in history, and 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. Guests longing for more insight into the Giants Castle history can visit the Main Caves Museum for fascinating insights into the past lifestyle of the San people.
At Giants Castle reserve, there is a large sandstone cave containing prehistoric San rock art. This cave 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. A visit to Giant's Castle offers the privilege of entering the world of the San as well as the opportunity to study a varied and exciting range of habitats. The San Art Museum ("Main Cave") is a gentle 30 minute walk from the main camp while the grasslands, marshy areas, indigenous forests and many other energy flow ecosystems are easily accessible.
Game populations in the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park are kept at a level that can be sustained by winter grazing because with neighbouring farms and fences, the wildlife is no longer able to migrate into lower more plentiful lands. As part of the grassland management programme, large areas of the park are burnt annually to improve and maintain quality grasslands. Eland antelope and baboons are commonly seen. Mountain Reedbuck and the rare caracal are occasionally spotted. There is a "Vulture Restaurant" where one may watch the Bearded Vulture / Lammergeyer as well as other raptors.