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Giants Castle - Fly fishing

Giants Castle and sourounds offers some of the best fly fishing oppertunities of the Drakensberg

giants castle fly fishingGiants castle, located in the central drakensberg is managed by the Kzn wildlife board. Fly 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 begginer fly fisher as well as being a challenging fly fishing spot for the experienced fly fisherman. Giants castle also boast magnificent hiking and world class bushman rock art. There is also a restaurant/cafe where you can purchase lunch after a hard fly fishing session.The Bushmans River, which can be fished for several kilometres within the reserve. The Bushmans is, of course, one of the three Natal rivers that were first stocked with brown trout in 1890. Now after 110 years the progeny of that original batch of five hundred fry are still providing anglers with lively sport. The daily rod fee is R30 and the limit two fish.

More Fly Fishing venues in the Giants Castle area

  • giants castle fly fishingInjasuti is the next main valley to the north of Giants Castle that contains the eNjesuthi River which has several kilometres of trout fishing. There is a daily rod fee and the bag limit is two fish.
  • Highlands Estates
    The farm is situated 10 km north of Mooi River on the R103. It offers fishing on a 7hectare dam from the banks or from boats or float tubes. For further information call (033) 263-2006 or 082 573 4350.
  • Killarney Country Lodge
    This fishery is 17 km from Mooi River on the Giants Castle road. It has a 2 hectare dam stocked with browns and rainbows. day fishing is permitted. For full details call (033) 263-2510.
  • Broad Moor Trout Lodge
    The two dams of 35 and 7 hectares are stocked with rainbows and browns. Day fishing is permitted. For information, fishing fees and directions call (033) 263-2437
  • Tierhoek Trout
    Tierhoek has one large and three smaller dams of less than 1 hectare. It has day-fishing facilities call (033) 263-2439
  • Highmoor Dams
    The Little Mooi River rises in the high wetlands of the Highmoor State Forest, a proclaimed wilderness area. The river has been dammed at an altitude of 2000 metres to create two still-waters - Salmo (6 hectares) and Kamloops (1 hectare). The fishing is highly rated and KZNNCS limits it to a maximum of 500 rod-days per year with no more than six anglers daily. Float tubes are permitted but, owing to the environmental sisitivity of the area, no cars may proceed beyond a designated area. This means that you will have to carry your tube and tackle for approximately 400 metres to Kamloops and double that distance to Salmo. The fishing season is closed from 1st June to 31st October each year. The latter date is somewhat flexible as it is determined by the breeding progress of the endangered wattled cranes which nest in the area.
  • Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse
    This fishery on the Little Mooi River is just below Highmoor. In addition to its own section of stream it has access to other river beats as well as twenty dams. For full information call (033) 263-7430.
  • Ratsey Farm
    The Ratseys are about 13 km from Rosetta on the Kamberg road. They have three dams, one of which is a trophy dam. It is a day-ticket fishery. For details of fees and directions call (033)263-7024.
  • Riverside
    The 5 kilometre section of the Mooi River, between the two portions of Kamberg, is on the farm Riverside and it is open to the public. In addition to stream fishing, Riverside also has four dams ranging from 0,5 to 5 hectares in size. phone (033) 263-7245.
  • Kamberg Nature Reserve
    The Reserve straddles the upper Mooi River and is the most popular fly-fishing venue controlled be KZNNCS. The total length of river available to vicitors is approximately 13 km. Kamberg also has six dams ranging in size from 0,3 to 3,5 hectares. Boats or float tubes are not permitted. A day permit is R50 per angler is required. The daily bag limit is three fish of any size per angler on the dams and ten on the river. call (033) 263-7251.

Fly fishing accommodation

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.