Giants Castle Slackpacking Trail
Southern end of the Central Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal
Nearest town is Escourt, KwaZulu-Natal
Escourt is on the N3 bus route. Collection from the Midway, Caltex bus stop by arrangement or self-drive to Antbear Lodge.
Transfer from Shaka Lodge to start at Antbear Lodge at the end of the trail
Trip Duration / Options
Option 1. 3 days walking / 3 nights fully catered (full hike)
Option 2. Route and length can be individually customized to meet specific client needs.
Option 3. Additional days and activities can be added to standard trail
Start / Finish
Start & Finish: Antbear Lodge
GPS: 29˚14'48.53 S / 29˚ 81'30.61 E
Daily Time / Distances
Day 1: 15 km, Day 2: 15 km, Day 3: 16 km
Day 1: 5 hrs, Day 2: 5 hrs, Day 3: 6 hrs
On a grading of Easy – Moderate – Strenuous
Moderate with some up hill sections.
Walking is easy and requires no previous experience with a reasonable fitness level. It is great for families with children.
Technical detail / Terrain
No technical skills required
Antbear Lodge – Luxury Eco-Lodge
Leopards Lair Lodge – Agri-tourism experience
Shaka Lodge – Private Safari Lodge
Food Supply / Catering
3 course dinners, packed lunches, high teas and full breakfast included
Logistic support / Guiding
Qualified guide and luggage transport between lodges included
Hiking in a private game reserve
Options for horse trails, hot air ballooning, mountain biking, star gazing and hammock camp
Fauna & Flora
The flora of the Drakensberg is broadly described as being Afro-montane in the Little Berg foothills and Afro-alpine on the summit. On a local scale the vegetation is affected mainly by altitude (height) and attitude (angle to the sun). With altitude it is not only the low winter temperatures but also the greater temperature range that cause the consequent stresses on the things living there.
Moderate summers, cold winter nights
Seasonality & Best Time Year
All year. Summer expect thunderstorms in the afternoons. In winter expect cold nights
Price on application. Price review 1 November annually
- 3 nights accommodation (pp sharing)
- All meals and pack lunches
- Transfer from Escourt if applicable
- Optional Extras: Additional activities such as hot air balooning, mountain bike and horse riding
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