Situated in the southern section of the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park, Garden Castle boasts exceptional beauty with its high altitude grasslands, steep valleys, gorges, buttresses and peaks. The reserve’s rich biodiversity is high in endemic species and there is fantastic rock art too.

Main attractions

  • Giant’s Cup Hiking Way (multi-day hike)
  • Rhino Peak trail


  • Hiking
  • Picnicking
  • Overnight trails
  • Game viewing
  • Birding
  • Rock art viewing

Top sightings: Rock art, mountainous scenery, Verreaux’s eagle, jackal buzzard

Accommodation: Camping, overnight hiking huts and caves

Gate times: October – March 05:00 – 19:00, April – September 06:00 – 18:00

Nearest centre: Underberg is 35km away.

Know before you go

  • Fuel is available in Underberg.
  • Overnight hikers are to complete the Mountain Rescue Register before starting their hike.

Contact reserve: +27 (0)33 701 1823

Ezemvelo Central Reservations: +27 (0)33 845 1000, [email protected]

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