Giant’s Castle with Markus and Christiana – February 2012

Giant’s Castle, the easternmost point on the Natal escarpment, is a prominent peak in the Drakensberg. 3314m above sea level it is the 10th highest point in South Africa and can be ‘easily’ climbed on foot via the Giant’s Castle Pass, its head being only 2km from the summit.

While researching for their 3-week holiday in South Africa, Markus and Christiana from Munich had read about the Giants Castle in the Drakensberg Mountains, and decided to start their journey with a hike in the area.

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Christiana hiking up Giant’s Ridge


First close view of Giant’s Castle Pass


We arrived at our campsite just before the afternoon thunderstorms


The next day we hid our backpacks and went for the top unladen


Even without a backpack on Giant’s Castle pass is a long 800m ascent


As you approach the top of the pass this gets steeper and rockier


Not far from the top now


Once on the escarpment all the hard work is rewarded with stunning panoramic vistas


Markus with the Long Wall in the background


Our campsite for our 2 nights in the Berg – No bad, hey?


The last day we woke up to a rainy morning – It was time to leave the mountains


We packed everything and waited in our tents for the first break in the rain to get moving.

Carlos Gonzalez

Life has been good since his arrival in South Africa. It was September 2005 and he fell in love with the country straightaway. Places like the Drakensberg, Wild Coast and the Midlands provide all the inspiration he needs. After the taste of freedom, working in an office again was out of the question. He has since qualified as a nature and mountain guide, and as his friends joke, embarked on a serious love affair... with the Drakensberg, where he spends most weekends.