Drakensberg hike – Giants Castle to Lotheni
July 22 - July 25
The recent snowfall offloaded quite a load all along the escarpment edge south of Giants Castle. By mid July there should still be some left. The purpose of this hike is to go and find it. This one will take us from the Giants Castle Hutted Camp to the Lotheni Hutted Camp.
Day 1: Depart from the Giants Castle Hutted camp to foot of Giants Pass. Ascending Giants Ridge is pretty much the order of the day. Camping will be under the nose of the Giants itself.
Day 2: A work day. The objective is it ascend Giants Pass and to base ourselves in the area of the Hawk and the Tents, two of the main peaks looking down into the Lotheni area. Beautiful camping!
Day 3: Start the day with a short and sharp climb. From there an easy to follow contour path we will follow to reach the top of Buttress Pass. From here it is all the down again to the contour path and valleys below.
Day 4: Gradual descent down the remainder of the hike to finish at the Lotheni Hutted Camp.