Giants Castle - Bushman Rock
Giants Castle together with Kamberg, Highmoor and Injasuti present without
any doubt the best collection of bushman rock art in the Drakensberg
Caves at Giants Castle . The Main Caves 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.
Pass Shelter at Kamberg .
The Game Pass
Shelter is commonly referred to as the "Rosetta Stone" of
southern African rock art, for it was here that archaeologists first uncovered
a vital key to understanding the symbolism of San rock art. This site is
special for so many reasons. It was one of the first sites ever to be seen
by Europeans and appeared in the Scientific American in 1915. It was the
first South African rock art site to be known in other parts of the world,
and revealed the meaning of San rock art- it, in a sense, "cracked the code".
The trail to Game Pass Shelter is a two-and-a-half, to three hour guided
walk, via the spiritually moving Waterfall Shelter. It is nothing short of
a world-class experience in Khoisan rock art and living Zulu and San culture.
Cave at Injasuti .
There is a daily guided walk to the Battle Cave, famous for its bushman
rock art. There is a spectacular bushman rock art panel depicting a spiritual
battle scene. The walk is about 4 hours and starts at the reception office
at Injasuti Camp. Bookings required the previous day.
Rock at Highmoor .
Highmoor Wilderness Area, southern central Drakensberg. This non-descript
rock lies just off the contour path below Caracal
Cave and could easily be missed except for the rickety old fence which
once protected the paintings from vandals. the hike to Fulton Rock takes
roughly five hours.
Godess at Giants Castle .
rock art in the Northern
Drakensberg is more shamanistic, including mainly
hallucinatory motifs, e.g. "ropes to God", magnificent dream images such
as the "Moon Goddess" and the "Sorcerer" of Sorcerer's Rock. Images of
bees, ladders and a butterfly scene (a rare depiction at Eland Cave) seem
to be limited to the Northern Drakensberg.
Idealy situated accommodation to experience Bushman Rock Art in the Kamberg,
Giants Castle and Injasuti regions of the Central Drakensberg
Guest House - Indeed a special find. One of those places
you wished you would have stayed longer where the accommodation, view,
location, service and food are just perfect. This is the nearest private
accommodation option near to Giants Castle and also offers one of the
best deals available.
Castle Camp - The upside is that you are inside Giants Castle
Nature Reserve. The downside is that you are inside Giants Castle Nature
Reserve. You are as close as you can be to starting the hiking trails
but far from any of the other attractions available. And the gate opening
and closing times make early starts and doing anything after sunset an
impossibility. If you do decide to stay here opt for the self catering
option and make sure you bring your own food with you. Giants Castle
camp offers self catering and has a restaurant.
Luxury cave lodge Experience something different and stay
in the only fully catered luxury cave in the Drakensberg Mountains. And
the luxury cave comes with a few special romantic options like a jacuzzi
spa bath and fireplace both in the bedroom. Whats more it opens onto
a deck with hammock chairs and a panoramic view not often experienced.
Guest Farm - While this guest house is a little further away
in the Champagne Valley it still a great option to stay when you visit
Giants Castle. Also centrally situated this guest house makes for a special
few days in the Drakensberg. Ardmore is especially suited to families
with units that can accommodate 6 persons.
Berry Guest Farm - A simple B&B situated on the Mooi River
/ Giants Castle road They only provide breakfast and there are not to
many good options where dinner is easily available. So cook your own
dinner when you stay at Wild Berry Guest Farm
Lovely self catering accommodation in the Kamberg Valley. Situated right
on the Little Mooi River this self catering resort offers trout fishing and
a nine hole golf course. The self catering accommodation is in thatched units.
Mountain Farm House - Prepare for some of the most fantastic
food you will ever eat. This farm house offers high class fine dining
near to Highmoor Nature Reserve. The rates are a pit on the pricy end
of the scale but hey you only ever live once. Especially if you are one
of those foodie types
Nature Reserve - Simple self catering challets in the Kamberg
Valley. Make sure you bring your own food as there is little available
nearby. Kamberg suffers the same issues as Giants Casle Camp with gate
opening times that make staying here sometimes inconvient. But if all
you want to do is stay in one place I cant imagine many better accommodation
Nature Reserve- This is one of the best camp site gems thats
available in the Drakensberg. There are also a few self catering challets
which are in need of repair and a chronic revamp.