Giant's Castle Camp

Giant's Castle Camp

Giants Castle Game Reserve, UKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park South Africa
uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park - Pintura rupestre.
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Giants Castle Game Reserve, UKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park South Africa
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King Shaka Intl Airport
161.6 km
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Globetrotter wrote a review Mar 2020
Dublin, Ireland
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This was a wonderful hike experience with spectacularly clear rock art to top it off. Amazing that this still exists.

There is parking on site.

There is an entrance fee and you can use the card machine to pay.

Time your visit as they only open the entrance gate to the rock art every 30 mins or on the hour. So, you will first have to hike to the entrance gate. If you fit, you will hike for about 15 mins (depending on fitness level) before you reach the entrance gate to the rock art. If you arrive earlier and the steel entrance gate is closed, just hang around as the guide will come and collect you.

The hike was very quiet and only saw one other family during our hike and visit to the rock art.

There is a restaurant on site serving a variety of local dishes. The quality of the food and service is good.

There is also a gift / mini grocery shop on site. There was unfortunately very little unique artwork and that which was on display you can find in airports for cheaper prices.

It was also frustrating that the payment systems are not interlinked. If you purchase at the restaurant then you must pay at the restaurant. If you purchase at the gift shop then you must pay at the gift shop and if you want to give your guide a tip then you need to pay at reception (we had no cash to tip the guide during our visit to the rockart). So the concern we had is that every time we had to swipe our card we got charged exchange fees etc. So to make it smoother take cash.
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Date of stay: July 2019
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Emily James wrote a review Feb 2020
London, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The location of the camp is stunning, so remote and peaceful with beautiful views. We were impressed by the camp facilities. The accommodation is basic but well equipped and very comfortable, and if you don’t want to cook the restaurant has a good range of options for dinner. I would love to visit again!
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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John T wrote a review Feb 2020
Coventry, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stunning location in the beautiful central Drakensburg Mountains. The chalet accommodation is superb, ours being nicely positioned up the hillside. They are very nicely equipped and furnished, very clean and set to maximise privacy. The food was good and the staff friendly. The area is absolutely magnificent with the stunning mountains dominating the views. Just a few of things to note 1/ The area has rare Bearded Vultures and Giants Castle has a Bird hide and feeding station available – the website doesn’t make it clear that to get to the Bird hide (with the bones you need to take with you) you must have a proper 4X4. My SUV was not able to tackle the trip but we did see the vultures flying overhead on one of our walks. 2/ There is no food to buy at Giants castle apart from sweet, biscuits and drinks etc, if you intend to self cater be sure to bring all your provisions with you as the nearest town is 60km away down a slowish road. 3/ Some of the hikes are serious walks, the times advised are quite tight so allow a good bit more. 4/ The road directions (from the north) whilst not incorrect are not logical as they bring you off the motorway a junction too early and into the town of Estcourt. We set the Satnav (Google maps) for Estcourt to get some shopping only to find when we eventually worked it out that we had to completely retrace our steps to get to Giants Castle (be aware also that Giants Castle is not recognised by Google Maps). Despite these things 5 stars are absolutely deserved for such a magnificent place to spend a few days.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Raymond S wrote a review Sept 2021
Uvongo, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Spending the last 2 nights at the resort and being in the hospitality industry ourselves we would like to thank the lady at the entrance to the reserve for being so Professional ,Friendly, helpfull and well spoken and definitely needs a manager or FOH position in the near future. Richard at the restaurant was outstanding and way ahead of the other 2 members the night before(Need more training and confidence )

Richard you are a kind gentleman who takes pride in everything you do ,From greeting us ,to serving us, to explaining starters ex made our stay.

You are a Assest to Giants Castle and hope to see you again soon.

The food was outstanding just wished we had 2 different menu on the 2 nights we stayed there.

Thanks for a great stay.

Raymond Simmons Unit 31
Field guide 22664
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Date of stay: September 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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OBL_12 wrote a review Jan 2020
Cape Town Central, South Africa
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I found this to be a superb afternoon spent hearing about the Bushmen, their legacy and viewing their art. I really enjoyed the fact that a local guide, trained locally, conducted the tour. He was genuinely interested in the art and made every effort to answer questions. The site is well preserved, clean and overall enjoyable. Would recommend this little tour.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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FMview wrote a review Jan 2023
Pretoria, South Africa
2.0 of 5 bubbles
While the setting of the mountains & river are absolutely beautiful, and the staff are very friendly, the accommodation is in bad condition and not comfortable and definitely not worth the price paid. The lounge chair cushions are worn and unfortunately no comfy sofas to relax on. The bath is rusty, bathroom tiles cracked, toilet leaking, no oven in the kitchen & generally the units are not very clean
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Date of stay: December 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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flafla_06 wrote a review Jul 2023
Europe
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I spent two nights in this beautiful camp, well kept and well managed by Ezemvelo/KZN Wildlife. It’s the second best public camp I’ve ever been in several trips in South Africa, after Didima camp.
Our chalet was nice, with a terrace overlooking the stunning mountains. Most of the chalets are camouflaged among the trees.
The “Izimbali” restaurant is good, although the choice of food in low season is not so much.
All the staff members (reception and restaurant) are kind and helpful.
It’s necessary to be careful because baboons are around the camp and can enter the chalets and the shop! We witnessed a theft of candies by a baboon in the camp shop.
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Date of stay: February 2023
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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987hiltonm wrote a review Dec 2020
Scottburgh, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Third time we have stayed here now. Friendly staff at check in. Mountain View chalet splendidly positioned and kitted out with all the essentials. A hikers and nature lovers paradise. Lovely walks and lots of fresh air. Can’t wait to come back here next year. Thank you for this national treasure of being able to stay very comfortably so close to the spectacular Drakensberg peaks.
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Date of stay: December 2020
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petercot wrote a review Mar 2023
Cambridge, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed in hut 29 for 2 days. This is one of the Mountain View huts. Much better than others. Lovely peaceful views. Huts are reasonably well equipped and comfortable and clean. Microwave, fridge, 2 electric hobs. Wood burner stove and electric radiator. Generator covers load shedding. Wi-Fi in reception area (? Only during office hours) Had several meals in restaurant. Limited but acceptable. Lovely walks from your door. Cave paintings about 40 min walk. Warning: don’t use the road in from Mooie River. Terrible state. Access from N3 exit 175 much better. Make sure you take your own supplies unless you are going to use the restaurant for every meal.
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Don’t use road from Mooie River to get there. Baboons can open sliding doors from a crack - and...
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Sally L wrote a review Mar 2020
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Giants Castle Reserve is stunning. The paths and trails are well maintained and sign posted. As a keen walker, I couldn’t ask for more! Stunning!

As a resort... could do with a refresh. Breakfast was ok. We cooked for ourselves. Chalets are well provisioned. Could be as stunning with some further love and attention.

I wanted to give 3.5 rating!!
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Antoine A asked a question Apr 2016
Angers, France1 contribution
Où reservez une nuit dans ce camp vu que vous ne le proposez pas ?
Caroline B wrote a tip Mar 2024
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Restaurant is good, but take anything you need for a braai. Great walks in all directions - enjoy!"
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petercot wrote a tip Mar 2023
Cambridge, United Kingdom149 contributions36 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Don’t use road from Mooie River to get there. Baboons can open sliding doors from a crack - and will do to steal food"
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Chris812283 wrote a tip Feb 2019
Cheltenham, United Kingdom133 contributions55 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Go all out for the top priced if you can, where you have a balcony and direct view of the mountains"
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RoryMorty wrote a tip Jan 2018
Giessen, Germany302 contributions298 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Almost bedrooms have fantastic mountain views... check beforehand. Some of the larger unts do not."
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Constant N wrote a tip Aug 2017
Cape Town Central, South Africa55 contributions13 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"The garden rooms are very nice but the mountain cottages are amazing."
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Frequently Asked Questions about Giant's Castle Camp
What are some of the property amenities at Giant's Castle Camp?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Giant's Castle Camp?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Giant's Castle Camp?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Does Giant's Castle Camp have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
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