Uniquely situated within the Natal Parks Board Umzmkulwana Nature Reserve, the "Goshen" farm is home to a variety of wildlife including eland, oribi, mountain reedbuck, lynx, otters and a diversity of birlife and waterfowl.
Wild-spawning, vigorous trout (brown and rainbows) flourish in the crystal clear waters of the Umzimkulwana river, which passes through the farm, feeding the lake and hatchery. Giants Cup Wilderness Reserve has been called “one of the world’s most beautiful trout angling resorts”. It offers self-sustaining populations of Brown and Rainbow Trout in the midst of an unspoiled wilderness.
The lake varies in depth from about 1 - 2 metres over the shallows, down to 14 metres in the channel and the main basin.
Other activities include superb hiking and superb bird watching. It is home to scarce and rare waterfowl, including rails, crakes, bitterns, reed and marsh birds. It is also very rich in raptor species.
There are endless hikes and more than 106 identified rock-art sites in the cavestone layer in the surrounding Drakensberg Wilderness.
Two day trout angling clinics, trout trails and winter skiing are available in Lesotho.
Facilities for golf, squash, bowls and polo-crosse are available in the village.
Accommodation at Giants Cup Wilderness Reserve:
With four en-suite double bedrooms in 3 thatched units, Giants Cup Wilderness Reserve offers exceptional comfort and privacy in an unspoiled mountain wilderness.
The Lakeside Lodge and Fisherman`s Cottage are set in pines - a short cast away from the water`s edge - with en-suite jacuzzis, fully-equipped kitchens, lounge and fireplace, patio and braai, offering accommodation in well-appointed comfort. All linens, crockery and cutlery are provided.
Duckbay Lodge occupies the premium position on the farm. It is set on the edge of a pine glade, up near the estuary and the reed-beds that surround it. Very private and a birder`s paradise. With en-suite jacuzzi, fully-equipped kitchen, lounge and fireplace, patio and braai.
The lodgings are well-appointed, but without television, radio and telephone. Cellphone reception at the units varies from good to poor, with 082 reception better than 083. Fax, telephone and email facilities are available at the main farmhouse.
All you need to bring is your food and fishing tackle. Everything else is already here.
Giants Cup Wilderness Reserve Activities:
Giants Cup Wilderness Reserve has been called “one of the world’s most beautiful trout angling resorts” (Fly-Fishing in Southern Africa, Robert Brandon-Kirby). It offers self-sustaining populations of Brown and Rainbow Trout in the midst of an unspoiled wilderness.
For short walks there are trails on and around the farm. For those looking for something more challenging, the surrounding wilderness is cris - crossed by trails and game paths. The renowned Giants Cup Hiking trail runs close to the farm, there is a clear track running from the farm to the trail. There are numerous bushman paintings and caves within walking distance from the farm. You can look forward to seeing a fair amount of wildlife and birds, especially raptors on these hikes.
Giants Cup Wilderness Reserve offers superb bird watching. It is home to scarce and rare waterfowl, including rails, crakes, bitterns, reed and marsh birds. It is also very rich in raptor species.
Giants Cup Wilderness Reserve Map:
This is the most incredibly beautiful setting you could wish for - the view is incomparable - accommodation very comfortable and the hiking great. We had a glorious time - although the road to the reserve is a little challenging for an ordinary vehicle, we found it close to all the places we wanted to visit - we did Sani Pass, Kenmo lake, Sani spoors cycling and Garden Castle hikes easily - fantastic stay!
We loved it there! If only they could clean up the view a little, but otherwise it was perfect! Thanks for a great stay.
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It is an ideal getaway for discerning Guests wanting to get away from the stress and bustle of city life.
Our owner run retreat is situated on a mountain plateau overlooking lush farmland and the Umzimkulu river . Fly fish in our well stocked dam or go birding up Sani Pass in a 4x4 or just relax in your comfortable cottage in a country atmosphere
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