Giants Cup Wilderness Reserve which is located in the Southern Drakensberg,
is considered by many as one of South Africa's premier trout fly-fishing
destinations , and is a registered with UNESCO as a site of Conservation
Significance. The area is home to abundant varieties of wildlife and waterfowl.
Giants Cup has been called "one of the most beautiful fly-fishing destinations
on the planet", by well known author and fly-fishing enthusiast R. Kirby. The
wilderness area is also the location of the Umzimkulwana River, and a lake full
of wild-spawning rainbow and brown trout, making it an open, naturally
self-sustaining fishery. The Giants Cup hatchery produces 95% of the trout used
throughout the Southern Drakensberg. Giants Cup Hatchery specialises in the
production of live angling trout. A breeding programme based on the wild gene
pool that has existed in the Umzimkulu headwaters since 1922 is used at the
hatchery, and the farm hatches out up to a million fish annually, as well as
supplying angling fish throughout Kwazulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape Southern
The Giant's cup wilderness reserve is home to a variety of wildlife which includes eland, mountain reedbuck, oribi, lynx, otters and a diversity of birdlife and waterfowl. The area boasts an impressive list of more than two hundred various species of birds, and includes a the endangered Bearded Vulture, Jackal buzzard, both Black and Martial eagles as well as Secretary birds. Smaller birds such as sugarbirds, sunbirds and flycatchers are endemic to the area. Other species occasionally sighted in the region are such as the blue and wattled cranes migrate to the area during summer months, while several species including the fairy flycatcher make their way down the Drakensberg from Lesotho during winter.
The Giant's Cup hiking trail serves as a brilliant introduction to hiking in the Drakensberg for beginners and slightly less energetic hikers seeking a trail of moderate difficulty. The trail passes through magnificent pristine areas, with excellent overnight accommodation also available. The trail leads visitors through areas consisting mainly of grassland, with patches of forest in some of the valleys, as well as mountain fynbos. The trail runs along the Drakensberg foothills from Sani Pass to Bushman's Nek and provides visitors with awe inspiring views which look down onto the lowlands below, as well as views towards the awesome escarpment seeing impressive landmarks like Giant's Cup and Rhino Peak. Along the trail there are numerous caves which display more than one hundred and six various examples of San rock art. The region also features many clear mountain streams and beautiful pools such as the Ngewa Pool, as well as a waterfall in the Killiecrankie Stream towards the end of the route.
Riverbend Farm Cottage is on a small working sheep farm in the Southern Drakensberg. Set on the banks of the Umzimude River, surrounded by rolling grasslands and overlooking Bamboo Mountain, it is the perfect place to relax in the quiet sparkling surround Sleeps 4
The cottages are both in a tranquil setting with breathtaking views of the Berg and the picturesque valley below. The double storey cottages are spacious and comfortable. The central fire place creates a cosy atmosphere especially on chilly winter...
The traditional construction of the cottage means that it is cool in summer and cosy in winter. It has a spacious open plan living room/dining room/kitchen that opens onto a large pergola overlooking the pond and set against the beauty of the ... Sleeps 7
The lodge accommodates a maximum of eight people and all four rooms have slate lined en suite bathrooms. Detached from the main lodge is the 'honeymoon suite' (room 4) which has its own private wooden sundeck. It has the most incredible view from ...
Giants Cup Wilderness Reserve, the premier wild-trout flyfishing destination in Southern Africa, is a registered site of Conservation Significance (site no 49). Home to prolific wildlife and waterfowl, it has been called "one of the most beautiful fly-fi