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Monks Cowl

Monks Cowl is situated at the head of the Champagne Valley in the Central Drakensberg

Monks CowlMonks Cowl takes its name from the peak between the Champagne Castle and Cathkin Mountains. Monks Cowl National Park is part of 260,000 ha of Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park World Heritage site.

Mnks Cowl from the escarpment near Giants CastleMonks Cowl offers breathtaking vistas, sweeping grasslands on the lower reaches to magnificent towering cliffs with waterfalls cascading for hundreds of meters. Monks Cowl is ideal for day visits and offer many easy to difficut hiking trails. Overnight hiking routes extend deep into valleys and forests of the Central Drakensberg and up onto the main escarpment. There is also c38 camp sites at the main camp at Monks Cowl Nature Reserve.

Monks Cowl in the little bergHiking in Monks Cowl is varied with easy river and country walks, moderate scenic walks and strenuous hikes up to the contour path, to Blind man's corner, up Sterkhorn/Mount Memory and to Keith's Bush camp. Numerous waterfalls like Sterkspruit falls and Nandi falls are also easy hikes at Monks Cowl.




Accommodation near to Monks Cowl

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.

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.

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.