Access to Giants Castle Nature Reserve, Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park

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Giants Castle Nature Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa is beautifully located in the impressive Drakensberg Massif and stretches from the foothills to the very top of the 'Berg'.

Giants Castle Nature Reserve, Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa is nestled in the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park which is a World Heritage Site. The closest town is Estcourt. Durban is a 3 hour drive away and Johannesburg can be reached in 4 hours.

Giants Castle is known for its outstanding hiking and walking opportunities. Stunning countryside and an impressive selection of routes draw visitors from far and wide. Hikers should note that the weather is subject to change at short notice and participants must be well equipped as it can get extremely cold. Hikers at this South African nature reserve in the Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal, must also fill in their details in the Mountain Rescue Register before undertaking a hike.

Wildlife at Giant's Castle

Eland antelope and Chacma baboons are commonly seen. Mountain Reedbuck and Caracal are occasionally spotted. There is a 'Vulture hide' where visitors can watch the Bearded Vulture (Lammergeyer) as well as other raptors feeding during the winter months.

Directions to Giants Castle Nature Reserve, Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

The nearest town to this Drakensberg nature reserve in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa which has a full range of services is Estcourt. This town is is 65km (40 miles) away. For those driving to this Drakensberg nature reserve in South Africa it will take approximately 3,5 - 4 hours from Johannesburg and about 2 - 3 hours from Durban.

Visitors from the north turn off the N3 into Estcourt. At the intersection of Conner and Lorne streets, turn on to the Ntabamhlope Road and follow the signs to Giant's Castle. Visitors from the south turn off the N3 into Mooi River. Go through the town and follow the Giant's Castle signs to the reserve 64km (40 miles) away.

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