Giants Castle Main Caves

About the Trail

The walk to the caves, which has now been turned into a museum showcasing a Bushman’s way of life, starts from the reception area. After buying a ticket, head through the camp onto a path up a protea-studded ridgeline, where you might spot the Gurney’s sugarbird flitting around the flowers. The well-marked path then drops down to the small stream and turns left, following its bank for a while.

Once in the indigenous forest, the path crosses the stream and heads up to the gates of the cave, where a guide will be waiting. It takes about 45 minutes to reach the cave from the camp and you can bank on at least an hour on the tour, during which you’ll get a potted history of the San people and some help with interpreting the paintings.

From here, the trail exits by a second gate and drops back down tothe stream. You can either cross it and follow a path back to the camp or turn left and join up with the Bushman’s River. The latter is stunning on hot days as there are several crystal-clear rock pools to dip into. A little way downstream, there’s a path heading back uphill to the camp.

Tours run on the hour from 9am until 3pm. The main camp is seven kilometres from the reserve gates, which are open from 5am to 7pm from October to March and from 6am to 6pm from April to September.

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Giants Castle Main Caves


Distance: 5.5km

Elevation: 53m

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Author: Antbear Reservations

Bio: Andrew has been living in the Drakensberg area for nearly 20 years. He has walked nearly every trail himself and recommends daily what his guests that stay his lodge do each day. He certainly is a great person to talk to



What makes Giants Castle Main Caves such a special hike?

Easy access to bushman rock art and very easy trail particularly suited to families with little kids


The trail experience


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