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News24 – August 2013 – Giant’s Castle Game Reserve in uKhahlamba-Drakensberg

If you have any interest in mountain scenery and large birds of prey, then head to Giant's Castle in the central uKhahlamba-Drakensberg in KwaZulu-Natal. There is the famous vulture hide on top of nearby cliffs, where you can watch Cape vultures, bearded vultures and an assortment of eagles soaring overhead...or sometimes landing to check out the buffet of bones that are laid out to attract these imperious acrobatic masters. Check out my article Read more »

K-Way video report – Year in the Wild 2013-14 – Rock Art at Game Pass Shelter

A week or so ago we visited Game Pass Shelter at Kamberg. Here's a little video report of mine in one of the most important rock art sites in the world - and why I think it's one of the "wildest" places I've visited. It's open to the public, and is just a 90-minute slow walk from Kamberg. I highly recommend it to everyone!

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Days 14 to 18 – Year in the Wild 2013-14 – Hiking in Mnweni area of Drakensberg

For the past five days, I've been exploring the Mnweni area of the northern Drakensberg. The Mnweni is actually not part of the protected area of uKhahlamba-Drakensberg World Heritage Site; instead, it's tribal land belonging to the Amangwane people, lying between Royal Natal National Park and Cathedral Peak.

But Mnweni is certainly worthy of formal protection (should the communities desire this, of course). Many Drakensberg afficionados - the local photographers, hikers, climbers and
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Day 13 – Year in the Wild 2013-14 – Kamberg’s Game Pass Shelter

I'm heading off tomorrow to Mnweni, between Royal Natal National Park and Cathedral Peak, to go hiking on the summits of the Berg for five days. The cold front has finally arrived here, and the temperatures have dropped dramatically. The warm winter weather has come to an end! I'm hoping for some dramatic skies for my photos at Mnweni.

Today we visited Kamberg's special rock art site, called Game Pass Shelter. This is one of the Drakensberg's most famous rock art sites, because it was here
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Days 11 & 12 – Year in the Wild 2013-14 – The soaring vultures at Giant’s Castle

There are two things that every visitor should do at Giant's Castle camp in the Central Drakensberg. (Admiring the epic scenery is a given - like all parts of uKhahlamba-Drakensberg). The guided tour of Main Caves, with some very impressive rock paintings, is worth while, but what makes Giant's Castle exceptional is it's vulture hide.

The vulture hide is a few kilometres from camp, on top of a ridge of sandstone cliffs. It's perhaps one of the best wildlife viewing spots in the country,
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Days 9 & 10 – Year in the Wild 2013-14 – Injisuthi and a hard night’s sleep at Poacher’s Stream

From the relative luxury of Didima Camp, we made our way to the remote camp of Injisuthi in the central Drakensberg. This little camp is a favourite of ‘Berg locals, and tends to draw a mountain connoisseur crowd.

I love it, because although the cabins are simple and a bit run down, the emphasis is on the surrounding mountains, rather than the accommodation and services. Also, there is no electricity, and no cell phone reception, which in this day and age is a miracle and wonder, don't you
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