Garden Castle Hiking Trail in the Southern Drakensberg

Garden Castle is the southern most part of the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park and incorporates the beautiful Bushman's Nek Valley.

Dominated by the Rhino a 3051m Peak which extends about 2km from the main escarpment, the area is characterized by many unusual sandstone buttresses and other formations. It offers superb hiking and rock climbing opportunities.

The wildlife is diverse and the walks particularly scenic with many rock art sites in the sandstone caves and overhangs.

A challenging hike takes visitors from 1840m up to the top of the Rhino with the reward of magnificent views from Lesotho to East Griqualand.

No accommodation is available. Overnight hikers have the choice of numerous caves or may use a tent to camp but must carry all other requirements for their hike.

Southern Drakensberg accommodation is available in the area for pre- & post-night stays.

There are 5 hiking trails with the Rhino covering about 18 km and graded severe to extreme, as the most difficult.

For those with an interest in geology, the Hidden Valley hike up the Mzimude Valley offers interesting formations as well as unusual erosion features.


Take the Bulwer Underberg turn off from the N3 and proceed along D617 past Underberg to the Drakensberg Gardens Turn off MR317.

This gravel road leads to a hotel through which visitors proceed to the reserve.
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