Giants castle circuit hike
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Hike Overview


(3 DAYS)
Difficulty: hike-difficulty-2
The Giants castle circuit hike is a 3 day hike explores Giant’s Castle. It is one of the oldest Nature reserves in Kwazulu-Natal and full of history. Langalibalele pass 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 circuit 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 for up here are stunning. We can look way down as 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 Pass As much as it is beautiful up there we have to head back down. The last day takes about 5 hours down the pass to our cars at the Giants castle reserve and the finish of the Giants castle circuit hike. Please click here to see when we are doing this hike again.