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For the ruined monument on the Isles of Scilly, England, see Giant's Castle, Isles of Scilly
Giant's Castle
Giant's Castle is located in South Africa
Giant's Castle
Giant's Castle
Location in South Africa
Highest point
Elevation3,315 m (10,876 ft)
ListingList of mountains in South Africa
Coordinates29°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
LocationKwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Parent rangeDrakensberg
Easiest routeScramble
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 marathon in April each year.[citation needed]

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.

The well known vulture hide can be booked to allow up to three photographers to observe and photograph bearded vultures and Cape vultures. It needs to be booked well in advance, especially in the busy winter and spring seasons.

Hiking Trails[edit]

There are in excess of 25 walks in the Giant's Castle Game Reserve. The 285 kilometres (177 mi) network of trails here includes 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) to 30 kilometres (19 mi) hikes, spanning from 1 hour to overnight.

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

  • Corner Pass [1]
  • Around the Corner Pass (variation route on Corner Pass with alternative summit)
  • Judge Pass[2]
  • Gypaetus Pass (opened in September 2012) [3]
  • Bannerman Pass[citation needed]
  • Thumb Pass (opened in 1997)[4]
  • North Hlubi Pass [5]
  • South Hlubi Pass [5]
  • Langalibalele Pass [6]
  • Bond Pass (opened in 2014) [7]
  • North Jarding/Jarateng Pass[8]
  • Central Jarding/Jarateng Pass[8]
  • South Jarding/Jarateng Pass[8]
  • Giant's Castle Pass [9]


  1. ^ "Corner Pass". Vertical Endeavour.
  2. ^ "You Be The Judge". Vertical Endeavour.
  3. ^ Newman, Jonathan. "I Am Crazy But I Am Not Stupid". Vertical Endeavour.
  4. ^ "Thumb Pass". Vertical Endeavour.
  5. ^ a b Newman, Jonathan. "Hlubi Passes". Vertical Endeavour.
  6. ^ Newman, Jonathan. "Langalibalele Pass". Vertical Endeavour.
  7. ^ Newman, Jonathan. "Bond Pass". Vertical Endeavour.
  8. ^ a b c "Jarateng Passes". Vertical Endeavour.
  9. ^ "Hike Report Giants Castle Giants Pass". Vertical Endeavour.

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