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Giant's Cup Trail Hike

Giants Castle 3 Day Hike.

The Giants Castle 3 day hike is in the Giant’s Castle Nature Reserve. It is one of the oldest Nature reserves in KwaZulu-Natal and full of history. On this hike we will use Langalibalele Pass, which is named after a Zulu chief who fought the Natal Carbineers here so many years ago. Apparently the British wanted their guns back that they had used to pay the Zulus for work. Of course, Langalibalele said no, so after a fight in the Drakensberg the British sent him to Robben Island.

The first day of the Giants Castle 3 day hike is a walk up the spur leading up to the cliffs above. While it is onwards and upwards we do finally get to a rather flat contour path. This is where we have lunch and a look at all the cliffs around us. After lunch and 4km along the contour path, we end up at Bannerman Hut. This is where we spend the night in style. It is one of the last huts left in this area and in fairly good condition for a simple mountain hut. After a lovely night in the Bannerman Hut we head up again.

Since we are in the mountains we have to walk up.

…that’s where all the views are. So we proceed up Bannerman Pass, We have lunch on top of a huge cliff called Bannerman Face, which was apparently named after a British politician. The views up here are stunning. We can look way down and see Bannerman Hut. Crazy to think we were just there. Then it is a stroll along the top of the escarpment to camp on top of  Langalibalele PassAs beautiful as it is up here, we eventually have to head back down. The last day takes about 5 hours down the pass to our cars at the Giants Castle Nature Reserve and the finish of the Giants Castle 3 day hike. Please click here to see how to prepare for your hike with me. 

Intermediate Drakensberg Hike Giants Castle 3 Day Hike difficulty:  Intermediate to Challenging

Bannerman hut 2 day hike at Giant's castle

Drakensberg Hiking Package Options

We have differentiated between different options for porters for your hike using ‘Gold’, ‘Silver’ and ‘Bronze’ as the options to choose from, so remember to select the correct option on your enquiry or hike form when you contact us.

We understand that the Gold, Silver and Bronze packages might seem a bit confusing, so we have done some calculations to assist you with which one will be most suitable for you, and to ensure that you have the most enjoyable hike possible!

It is a good idea as part of your hike preparation to do some extra walking anyway, so while doing a walk of approximately 5km, including some uphill and downhill parts, carry a pack with the pack weight listed in the description of the package you are interested in. If you are quite comfortable with that weight, then that is the right option for you.

If you find yourself battling, and don’t have time to do some more preparation, then consider moving to a different package.

Gold

Our Gold Package is a Fully-Portered Hike

All three options (Bronze, Silver & Gold) include full catering, and the supply of your tent.

Drakensberg Hiker Porters You carry only a day-pack with drinks, snacks and jacket for each day.
Clothes, sleeping bags, tents, etc are carried and put up by our porters.You will be carrying a day pack weighing approximately 4kg.
Silver

Our Silver Package is a Partially-Portered Hike

All three options (Bronze, Silver & Gold) include full catering, and the supply of your tent.

Summit Cathedral peak You carry a backpack with your clothes, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, wash kit, and water bottle.
Tents etc are carried and put up by our porters.The pack weight you will carry on the Silver Package is approximately 14kg.
Bronze

Our Bronze Package is a Non-Portered Hike

All three options (Bronze, Silver & Gold) include full catering, and the supply of your tent.

Drakensberg Mnweni hike You carry your own backpack with all your personal gear, including your tent which you will put up and take down, and your share of the food.

The pack weight you will carry on the Bronze Package is approximately 22kg.

Souvenir’s of your Drakensberg Hike with us!

On all of our hikes you have the option to add a Souvenir Bundle to remember your hike by (in addition to the memories that will keep you going for years to come). All these items are available on our shop, but it is so much easier to get them when you do your hike, and benefit from the discounted pricing and not having to wait for us to ship it to you later!

We have different Souvenir Bundles to choose from and they include the following:

Basecamp

‘Basecamp’ Drakensberg Hike Souvenir Bundle (R550.00):

  • a stunning double wall stainless steel DrakensbergHiker 400ml Mug;
  • an orange 750ml DrakensbergHiker Water Bottle;
  • a DrakensbergHiker T-Shirt in orange or black;
  • a DrakensbergHiker Beenie, Sun Hat or Gaiters.

Ascent

‘Ascent’ Drakensberg Hike Souvenir Bundle (R955.00):

  • a stunning double wall stainless steel DrakensbergHiker 400ml Mug;
  • an orange 750ml DrakensbergHiker Water Bottle;
  • a DrakensbergHiker T-Shirt in orange or black;
  • a DrakensbergHiker Beenie, Sun Hat or Gaiters;
  • a thin DrakensbergHiker fleece top.

Summit

‘Summit’ Drakensberg Hike Souvenir Bundle (R1400):

  • a stunning double wall stainless steel DrakensbergHiker 400ml Mug;
  • an orange 750ml DrakensbergHiker Water Bottle;
  • a DrakensbergHiker T-Shirt in orange or black;
  • a DrakensbergHiker Beenie, Sun Hat or Gaiters;
  • a thick DrakensbergHiker fleece top.

On all our hike inquiry forms you can select the Souvenir Bundle of your choice, you will also have the option to select the size/s of the T-Shirts and Fleeces in your chosen bundle :-)

Please the form below to contact us about joining us for the Giant's Castle 3 day Hike.

Giant's Castle Sunrise

Drakensberg Hiking Package Options

We have differentiated between different options for porters for your hike using ‘Gold’, ‘Silver’ and ‘Bronze’ as the options to choose from, so remember to select the correct option on your enquiry or hike form when you contact us.

We understand that the Gold, Silver and Bronze packages might seem a bit confusing, so we have done some calculations to assist you with which one will be most suitable for you, and to ensure that you have the most enjoyable hike possible!

It is a good idea as part of your hike preparation to do some extra walking anyway, so while doing a walk of approximately 5km, including some uphill and downhill parts, carry a pack with the pack weight listed in the description of the package you are interested in. If you are quite comfortable with that weight, then that is the right option for you.

If you find yourself battling, and don’t have time to do some more preparation, then consider moving to a different package.

Gold

Our Gold Package is a Fully-Portered Hike

All three options (Bronze, Silver & Gold) include full catering, and the supply of your tent.

Drakensberg Hiker Porters You carry only a day-pack with drinks, snacks and jacket for each day.

Clothes, sleeping bags, tents, etc are carried and put up by our porters.

You will be carrying a day pack weighing approximately 4kg.

Silver

Our Silver Package is a Partially-Portered Hike

All three options (Bronze, Silver & Gold) include full catering, and the supply of your tent.

Summit Cathedral peak You carry a backpack with your clothes, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, wash kit, and water bottle.

Tents etc are carried and put up by our porters.

The pack weight you will carry on the Silver Package is approximately 14kg.

Bronze

Our Bronze Package is a Non-Portered Hike

All three options (Bronze, Silver & Gold) include full catering, and the supply of your tent.

Drakensberg Mnweni hike You carry your own backpack with all your personal gear, including your tent which you will put up and take down each day, and your share of the food.

The pack weight you will carry on the Bronze Package is approximately 22kg.

Giant's Cup Trail Hike

Souvenir’s of your Drakensberg Hike with us!

On all of our hikes you have the option to add a Souvenir Bundle to remember your hike by (in addition to the memories that will keep you going for years to come). All these items are available on our shop, but it is so much easier to get them when you do your hike, and benefit from the discounted pricing and not having to wait for us to ship it to you later!

We have different Souvenir Bundles to choose from and they include the following:

Basecamp

‘Basecamp’ Drakensberg Hike Souvenir Bundle (R550.00):

 
  • a stunning double wall stainless steel DrakensbergHiker 400ml Mug;
  • an orange 750ml DrakensbergHiker Water Bottle;
  • a DrakensbergHiker T-Shirt in orange or black;
  • a DrakensbergHiker Beenie, Sun Hat or Gaiters.

Ascent

‘Ascent’ Drakensberg Hike Souvenir Bundle (R955.00):

  • a stunning double wall stainless steel DrakensbergHiker 400ml Mug;
  • an orange 750ml DrakensbergHiker Water Bottle;
  • a DrakensbergHiker T-Shirt in orange or black;
  • a DrakensbergHiker Beenie, Sun Hat or Gaiters;
  • a thin DrakensbergHiker fleece top.

Summit

‘Summit’ Drakensberg Hike Souvenir Bundle (R1400):

 
  • a stunning double wall stainless steel DrakensbergHiker 400ml Mug;
  • an orange 750ml DrakensbergHiker Water Bottle;
  • a DrakensbergHiker T-Shirt in orange or black;
  • a DrakensbergHiker Beenie, Sun Hat or Gaiters;
  • a thick DrakensbergHiker fleece top.

On all our hike inquiry forms you can select the Souvenir Bundle of your choice, you will also have the option to select the size/s of the T-Shirts and Fleeces in your chosen bundle :-)

Giants Castle 3 day hike
+27 33-396 3906
+27 72-947 1174
ian@drakensberghiker.co.za