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Giants Castle - Bushman Rock Art

Giants Castle together with Kamberg, Highmoor and Injasuti present without any doubt the best collection of bushman rock art in the Drakensberg

bushman rock art at main caves giants castle- Main 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.

bushman rock art at game pass shelter kamberg- Game 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.

bushman rock art at battle cave injasuti- Battle 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.

bushman rock art at fultons rock at highmoor- Fultons 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.

bushman rock art - moon godess at Giants Castle- Moon 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

antbear Guest HouseAntbear 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.

Giants Castle CampGiants 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.

Drakensberg luxury cave lodgeDrakensberg 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.

ardmore guest farmArdmore 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.

wild berry guest farm Wild 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

glengarry self catering challets Glengarry - 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.

Cleopatra Mountain Farm House Cleopatra 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

Kamberg self catering campKamberg 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 options.

injasuti campInjasuti 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.