Day trip

Drakensberg Giants Castle Cave Art & Mandela Capture Site

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8 reviews

Activity provider: 1st Zulu Safaris C.C

Drakensberg Giants Castle Cave Art & Mandela Capture Site

Activity provider: 1st Zulu Safaris C.C

From US$ 189.05 per person

This private day tour from Durban includes a visit to Drakensberg's Giants Castle Reserve to view the San and Khoekhoe Cave paintings as well as a visit to the Nelson Mandela Capture Site and Apartheid Museum.

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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Greek, French, Portuguese
Pickup included
Pickup from a hotel within a 5km radius of Tropicana Hotel or from the Durban Harbour passenger terminal


4.5 hours
  • Durban

  • 1 hour
  • Pietermaritzburg City Hall (visit)

  • 1.5 hours
  • Giants Castle Game Reserve (guided tour)

  • 1 hour
  • Howick Falls (visit)

  • 20 minutes
  • Nelson Mandela Capture Site (visit)

  • 1.5 hours
  • Durban

Pickup included
Main stop
Other stop
  • Enjoy a leisurely nature trail up to the caves in the Drakensberg
  • Learn about the San and Khoekhoe people on a guided tour of the caves
  • Visit Howick falls and the Nelson Mandela Capture Site
Full description
The tour starts off with a visit to Pietermaritzburg, the capital of KwaZulu-Natal. Stop at Pietermaritzburg's City Hall, which claims to be the largest brick building in the southern hemisphere. Visit the Gandhi statue also before heading towards the Drakensberg mountains and Giants Castle Reserve. Giant's Castle is situated on a grassy plateau among the deep valleys running down from the face of the High Drakensberg, offering glorious views. At Giants Castle reserve, there is a large sandstone cave containing prehistoric San rock art. The San and Khoekhoe people were hunters and gatherers who roamed South Africa for thousands of years. This cave is one of the biggest and best-preserved painted sites in southern Africa. This cave is an easy 30 minutes’ walk from the camp office and regular guided tours are taken through this unique exhibition. A visit to Giant's Castle offers the privilege of entering the world of the San as well as the opportunity to study a varied and exciting range of habitats. From there, head to the small town of Howick and visit its waterfall. Howick Falls is approximately 95m in height and lies on the Umgeni River. The Zulu people called the falls KwaNogqaza, which means "Place of the Tall One".   Then visit the Nelson Mandela Capture Site Statue and Apartheid Museum. The Nelson Mandela sculpture comprises of 50 steel column constructions, each between 6.5m and 9.5m tall, set into the Midlands landscape. The approach to the site leads you down a path towards the sculpture where, at 35 meters, a portrait of Nelson Mandela, looking west, comes into focus. The 50 linear vertical units, line up to create the illusion of a flat image. The museum is dedicated to Nelson Mandela’s life and his struggle against Apartheid. After the tour, head back to Durban by late afternoon.
  • Pick-up and drop off from Durban in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • All entrance fees to all attractions
  • Qualified tour guide
  • Lunch & Drinks

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Please wear comfortable clothing, walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, jacket
  • A 40-minute walk forms part of the tour
  • German and Polish languages can be requested when booking
  • If you are a wheelchair user, please inform the local partner prior to the start of the tour
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4.8 /5

based on 8 reviews

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I cant reccomend this tour and this tour company enough! Drakensberg and the cave paintings made for such a unique and picturesque experience that was made only better by the insightful observations of our guide, Satiri. The Mandela capture site was also located in a beautiful landscape with the monument at the end of a gentle walk. Lastly our guide surprised us by taking us to the Howick falls! I would reccomend this experience to anyone who is in the area and will absolutely be booking our activities with 1st Zulu Safari!

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November 26, 2022

nice day trip, lots of driving but really worth it.

September 30, 2019

I had a really awesome day and Ndu Nene was professional &informativei

My trip was a very interesting and fun one . Ndu Nene tour guide was jolly person and he taught us many interesting things.

July 1, 2019

Product ID: 151436