Tourist activities at Giants
Experience the Drakensberg at its best with the many tourism activities
available at Giants Castle
Boys Choir. The Drakensberg
Boys' Choir School has an internationally
acclaimed choir trained in the Drakensberg. The boys range from grades
4 to 9 and have toured both nationally and internationally. They perform
a wide range of music from classic choral work to modern arrangement and
their African choral work and gumboot dancing is spell-binding. The Drakensberg
boys choir have a loyal following at their weekly concerts on Wednesday
at 3.30pm during term times.
Horse Trails . There are few regions
that offers better horse trails and horse riding experiences than that
of the Drakensberg. The Drakensberg Mountains presents splendid opportunities
for both the experienced and the beginner to ride this magnificent countryside
on horseback. Whats more horse riding in the Drakensberg is a great way
to spend the day, and the full length of the Berg is negotiable on horseback.
If you are a novice rider, your mountain holiday is the ideal time to acquire
some horse riding skills, as there are numerous spectacular bridle paths
that can be comfortably managed by the inexperienced horse rider. If you
are confident in the saddle, this is an opportunity to explore the foothills
and experience the true magic of the mountains.
and helicopter flights .
Flights by helicopter or microlight are available to view the Drakesberg
Mountains from a different perspective. There are a number of operators
in the Drakensberg Region and they all will make themselves available from
various take off points.
Giant’s Castle Game Reserve has a variety of well mapped walking and
hiking trails that vary in distance and difficulty allowing you to choose
the walks or hikes suitable for you. There are half hour trails that have
almost no elevation to streneous whole day hikes and overnight trails.
Rock Art .
Giant's Castle is home to a large sandstone cave containing
Bushman rock art, one of the biggest and best preserved painted sites in
southern Africa. This cave is situated about 45 minutes from Giants Castle
camp and regular guided tours are available on a daily basis. Kamberg,
Injasuti and Highmoor offer more Bushman rock art sites for those that
Fishing at Giants Castle is strictly fly fishing only. You can fish
many kilometers of prime wild trout habitat. The fly fishing in this area
can be very easy and suited for the beginner fly fisher as well as being
a challenging fly fishing spot for the experienced fly fisherman. (the
closed season is between 1 June and 31 August).
air ballooning .
Experience the awesome thrill and peaceful serenity of hot air ballooning.
Hot air balloon flights are offered principally on the edge of the Drakensberg
mountains' The hot
air balloon take-off is from a site in or around the Kamberg Valley and
within sight of Giants Castle. The Antbear Guest House has the best balloon
Hide The bearded vulture is most
famous for its intelligent habit of carrying bones high into the air and
dropping them on the rocks below. After a few drops, the bone has cracked
enough for the vulture to reach the nutritious marrow inside. The bearded
vulture is one of the shyest of vultures, and lives a mostly solitary existence,
on remote mountains and cliff faces.
Booking is essential for this vulture hide where excellent viewing is offered
of raptors especially from May to September.
Tel 036-3533718, fax 036-3533775.
Meander . The Midlands
Meander is what weavers, potters, woodcrafters,
leather workers, artists, metalworkers, box makers, herb growers, cheese
makers, beer brewers and pianos have in common. From a very small beginning,
the Midlands Meander has grown to well over a hundred stops on four routes.
The symbol of the Midlands Meander Arts and Craft Route is the Butler butterfly,
found only in the Karkloof region.
Canopy Tour .
Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour Magaliesberg Canopy Tour S.A. Adventure Guide Preferred
Accommodation The Karkloof Canopy Tour® is a unique eco-experience
that takes people on a 3-hr adventure through the magnificent Karkloof
indigenous forest. The canopy tour involves traversing from one platform
to another along a steel cable suspended up to 30m above the forest floor.
The tour comprises seven platforms and eight slides that zig-zag down a
pristine forested valley. The scenery and birdlife is spectacular and professional
guides provide interesting facts about the forest ecology during the tour.
Game Reserve .
The distant blue hills and undulating thornveld valleys of KwaZulu-Natal
make a superb backdrop for the scenic Weenen Game Reserve. With the Bushmans
River flowing through a spectacular gorge in the reserve, Weenen's excellent
road system and walking trails, visitors have many scenic and game viewing
opportunities as they walk or drive around the reserve.
Game Reserve horse trails .
Horse Trails through the reserve, where game is abundant, provides the adventurous
with close-up views of a variety of game including giraffe, and encounters
with white rhino. This is the best way to see game in the wild as animals
are far less tolerant of people on foot. This is an experience not to be
Water Rafting .
White water rafting on big water is traditionally between November and
April but as always Mother Nature has the final say! On big water we use
the eight and four man rafts while in lower water the two man crocs and
one man kayaks are ideal.
The Sani Pass is a spectacular mountain road that is a well-known entry point
into Lesotho from South Africa’s Natal Drakensberg Park. It is the
gateway to the ‘Roof of Africa’ scenic route that links the
spectacular scenery of the Drakensberg with the mountains of northern Lesotho.