Lying within a World Heritage Site, this reserve of contrasting valley, mountain and plateau habitats offers spectacular game viewing. Ancient rock art and unique sightings of the bearded vulture are amongst the main attractions, but you will be content just admiring the scenery.

Main attractions

  • Main Caves Museum – insight into the San people’s culture and way of life
  • Vulture restaurant

At Giant’s Castle, ons of the major attractions is Main Caves Museum. The San lived hereabouts from at least 5,000 years ago until the late 19th century. The vulture restaurant is a photographic hot spot, but you’ll need a 4×4 to get there.

– Romi Boom, Wild 21


  • Guided game viewing
  • Guided cultural walks
  • Fresh water fishing
  • Mountain biking
  • Game viewing
  • Hiking
  • Overnight trails
  • Mountain climbing
  • Swimming
  • Picnicking

Top sightings: Eland, bearded vulture, mountain reedbuck, caracal, floral display in spring

Accommodation: Chalets, overnight hiking huts

Gate times: October – March 05:00 – 22:00, April – September 06:00 – 22:00

Nearest centre: Estcourt is 65km away (just under an hour).

Contact reserve: +27 (0)36 353 3718

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

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