WILDLIFE & LANDSCAPE
Giant’s Castle is situated in the central part of the Maloti-Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site, about a six-hour drive from Johannesburg via the N3 and about three hours from Durban.
Giant’s Castle, dubbed “the Flower of the Drakensberg” due to its impressively rich floral diversity, rolling grasslands, crags and cliffs, lies in the “Little ‘Berg”, with Giant’s Castle Resort overlooking the Bushman’s River. It offers much for the outdoor enthusiast as well as those searching for the tranquillity of natural surroundings.
A network of mapped trails spreads along the river, into the foothills or into the high ’Berg itself, providing endless opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts, photographers, amateur botanists and hikers to immerse themselves in tranquil solitude. Spring is a particularly special time of the year, with many of the seasonal grassland plants in bloom. Here one can often see the indigenous agapanthus dusting the veld with a blue haze, or the yellow/orange bloom of the red-hot poker, amongst many others.
The world renowned Giant’s Castle Main Caves Museum provides a fascinating glimpse into the world of the vanished San people (or Bushmen) who lived in these valleys historically and left such a priceless legacy of rich rock art.
The world-renowned Vulture Hide offers the bird-enthusiast and photographer a unique opportunity to view and photograph various raptors and vultures, such as the endangered bearded vulture, the Cape vulture and Verreaux’s eagle that occur in the region.
The fully licenced Izimbali Restaurant, with its well-stocked bar, "The Overhang", provides buffet or a la certre meals which can be enjoyed on the deck overlooking the Bushman's River.
Accommodation will be in Giant's Castle Resort (Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife) here is the link to there website ( http://www.kznwildlife.com/Giants%20Castle.html ). Accommodation is included in the package. Accommodation will be in 2 Bed / 4 Bed / 6 Bed Mountain View Chalets depending on size of the group and availability of the chalets when booked.
4 Day - 3 Nights
* Giant's Castle Resort
The following meals will be include in the package except your drinks & snacks between meals
3 x Breakfast
3 x Supper in restaurant on your own account
You need to get to the venue with your own transport. We will supply an 4 x 4 vehicle where necessary.
Closest airport is King Shaka International Airport
There will be six guided photographic outings
2 x Hide Sessions
4 x Sunset / Sunrise Landscape Sessions
We will have three lectures during this workshop
2 x Zoom / Teams Meeting - We will cover all the the theory you need for "Wildlife/Landscape Photography"
1 x During the Workshop - We will do a re-cap and any questions you have, We will concentrate on Light Room development. You are welcome to bring your laptop to download your images and work in LR.
Gear to bring:
* Wide angle lens for Landscapes ( 16mm-35mm f2,8 )
* Long lens for Wildlife ( 200mm to 600mm )
* Sturdy Tripod
* Remote Shutter Release
* Filters (Optional)
* Shoes for water (Gumboots or any shoes that can go in water - remember the water in COLD!!!)
* Warm clothing
* Umbrella for in case it rains
There is other photographic locations you can explore in your own time
* Main Caves Museum