Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Giant’s Castle with Markus and Christiana – February 2012

Markus and Christiana from Munich with Giant's Castle

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.

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