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The full day Drakensberg World Heritage tour takes you on a scenic route to Giant’s Castle in the magnificent Drakensberg Mountains. Enjoy a 3-kilometre hike to a cave adorned with Bushmen paintings, followed by a delicious lunch at the resort. The return trip takes you to the Nelson Mandela Capture Site which commemorates a significant moment in South Africa’s history.

Tour Highlights

  • Giant’s Castle Nature Reserve
  • Nelson Mandela Capture Site
DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Pick up and drop off available at no extra charge from various Durban beachfront hotels. Pick up and drop off from hotels in other suburbs in Durban available on request at an extra charge
Tour duration and collection times may vary depending on route taken and traffic
DEPARTURE TIME 6:30am Departs Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday (except 25-26 December and 1 January)
WEAR Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking boots, hat, jacket and sunscreen.
Transport in an airconditioned vehicle. Return transfers from hotels Durban beachfront.
Lunch at Izimbali Restaurant and Pub
Snacks and beverages.

Giant’s Castle Nature Reserve

Giant’s Castle Nature Reserve is located in the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park and boasts breathtaking views of deep valleys, grassy plateaus and craggy mountains. It’s a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts offering visitors everything from hiking, mountain biking and ice climbing to trout fishing and birding.

A significant feature of Giant’s Castle Nature Reserve is a sandstone caves which are adorned with prehistoric San rock art. The cave is one of the biggest and best preserved painted sites in southern Africa and an easy 30-minute walk from the camp office. The Main Caves Bushmen Museum is also an easy 30-minute walk from the main camp through lush grasslands, marshy fields and indigenous forests.

The uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the regal eland and the magnificent bearded vulture. Sightings of mountain reedbuck are common and the rare caracal is spotted occasionally. Visitors enjoy spending time at the Vulture Restaurant which is a feeding ground for the bearded vulture and other raptors.

Nelson Mandela Capture Site

A striking monument has been erected at the site where the late Nelson Mandela was captured while on the run and in hiding during the brutal apartheid era. It was created by Marco Cianfanelli and Jeremy Rose and is made using 50 steel columns that are between 6 and 9.5 metres in height. At a specific angle, the laser-cut metal beams line up to display a two-dimensional image of Madiba.

The steel creation was designed to represent the multi-faceted influence of Nelson Mandela and commemorate the enormous impact he had on the nation. It is situated at the end of a long path which represents Mandela’s long walk to freedom and his goal of political equality and freedom.

The monument has been erected just off the R103 in the Midlands where the apartheid police finally captured Mandela after a 17-month long hunt for him across the country. Mandela was travelling in disguise as the chauffer of the car but his disguise failed and he was caught and arrested. He was tried for treason and incarcerated for 27 years on the bleak and desolated Robben Island.

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Full Day Drakensberg World Heritage Tour

From: R2,340.00

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