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Giant's Castle Nature Reserve

036-353-3718 www.kznwildlife.com adult R25, child R13

S 29 13.117 E 029 33.420

Giant's Castle Nature Reserve has some of the most concentrated and best-preserved San rock art sites in the Drakensberg. The reserve offers a 4 kilometer guided walk (R30, 9am-4pm) to the main caves where you can learn about the history of the San people and see over 500 rock paintings. The numerous high peaks also attract many hikers and climbers. The main office can provide updated information on the hiking and climbing trails, and sells maps and permits for overnight hiking (adult R40, child R20) and trout fishing (R45). They can also make bookings for one of the mountain huts (R45/person). The predominant wildlife attractions in the park are antelope, especially eland, and birds. This area of the Drakensberg is home to the rare lammergeier - a mountain-dwelling bearded vulture that derives the majority of its sustenance from bone marrow. Inside the park is the Lammergeier Hide (036-353-3718, May-Sept, R200/person, R600 minimum) where you can observe the lammergeier and other birds soaring in the sky waiting to feed on carcasses left by rangers.

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