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Giant's Castle Camp
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“Spectacular Location, Comfortable Accommodation, Friendly Staff”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2012

South Africa offers many diverse holiday experiences and the Drakensburg are one that should not be missed (and much more affordable than game safaris).

This is a beautiful relatively isolated camp (fortunately they sell petrol!) and it provides the opportunity to hike in beautiful terrain and return to the comfort of one's cabin in the evening.

It was quite something to find ourselves up on the mountains with just Eland and Baboons for company.

The cabins down by the restaurant looked not so appealing, but those with a mountain view are highly recommended.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Toowoomba Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2012

We were both astounded when we arrived at Elephant Rock - the surrounding scenery is surreal!! If we were both 60 years younger, we would have headed off on one of the all day hiking trails - however even just walking up to the Bushman's caves was a great walk (at our age perhaps stagger would be a better word). On our first night as we sat on our veranda with a drink, we were greeted by a light and sound show, in other words a dramatic African electrical storm which lit up the hills and mountains. How good is that!!! Great food, great staff and great memories..
John and Glenys Australia

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2012

We stayed at Giants Castle and the view is awesome. However, the lodges are oldfashioned and the breakfest and diner were poor. Even for a 3 star accommodation. The staff of the reception and shop are unkind.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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brisbane
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2012

You go to Giants for the incredible mountain scenery, brilliant walks, and total peace and quiet. The camp delivers what it promises: basic, clean thatched huts, with all that you need for basic self-catering. Kitchenette, fridge, kettle, braai site etc. No frills, but that is OK. The staff are fine when you engage them in friendly conversation. The curio and food shop are awful; buy your curios elsewhere and bring the food and supplies that you need with you. Restaurant is ordinary, so self-catering is very definitely the way to go in my view. Cell phone coverage is mostly reliable but the road into the camp from Hlatikulu is full of pot holes so be very cautious. I will keep coming back for the amazing location, the fine accommodation, and just accept the limitations regarding food etc

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled solo
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2012 via mobile

Giants castle takes your breath away with every turn. Stunning pristine mountains! hikers paradise!
The camp is tucked in between the mountains. it is small and clean. It is very remote so bring everything you might need as the shop at the camp is very basic.
Driving from Johannesburg I suggest to take mooi river turn off, it is a bit further but the road is in much better condition.

  • Stayed September 2012
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Holland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2012

What a beautifull spot to stay. Nice clean cabins. Friendly staff. In winter the nights can be cold and the restaurant is cold too. So do not forget to bring a warm sweater. But the food is ok and value for the money. You can make great walks from the camp. The visit to the rockpaintings is worth the trip.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2012

Our fourth visit to this haven and once again we left planning our return. Accommodation is excellent, staff are friendly and helpful, restaurant is good value for money, food is delicious (esp. the steak), weather was perfect and as for the walking and the scenery … words fail me.

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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Giant's Castle Camp

Property: Giant's Castle Camp
Address: P/Bag X7055 | Estcourt 3310, uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park
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Ranked #2 of 6 Speciality Lodging in uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park
Number of rooms: 43
Also Known As:
Giant`s Castle Camp Hotel Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg Park

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