Giants Castle - Fly fishing
Giants Castle and sourounds offers some of the best fly fishing oppertunities
of the Drakensberg
Giants castle, located in the central drakensberg is managed by the Kzn
wildlife board. Fly fishing at giants castle is strictly fly fishing only.
You can fish many kilometers of prime wild trout habitat. The fly fishing
in this area can be very easy and suited for the begginer fly fisher as well
as being a challenging fly fishing spot for the experienced fly fisherman.
Giants castle also boast magnificent hiking and world class bushman rock
art. There is also a restaurant/cafe where you can purchase lunch after a
hard fly fishing session.The Bushmans River, which can be fished for several
kilometres within the reserve. The Bushmans is, of course, one of the three
Natal rivers that were first stocked with brown trout in 1890. Now after
110 years the progeny of that original batch of five hundred fry are still
providing anglers with lively sport. The daily rod fee is R30 and the limit
More Fly Fishing venues in the Giants Castle area
- Injasuti is the next main valley to the north of Giants Castle that contains the
eNjesuthi River which has several kilometres of trout fishing. There is
a daily rod fee and the bag limit is two fish.
- Highlands Estates
The farm is situated 10 km north of Mooi River on the R103. It offers fishing
on a 7hectare dam from the banks or from boats or float tubes. For further
information call (033) 263-2006 or 082 573 4350.
- Killarney Country Lodge
This fishery is 17 km from Mooi
River on the Giants Castle road. It has
a 2 hectare dam stocked with browns and rainbows. day fishing is permitted.
For full details call (033) 263-2510.
- Broad Moor Trout Lodge
The two dams of 35 and 7 hectares are stocked with rainbows and browns.
Day fishing is permitted. For information, fishing fees and directions
call (033) 263-2437
- Tierhoek Trout
Tierhoek has one large and three smaller dams of less than 1 hectare. It
has day-fishing facilities call (033) 263-2439
- Highmoor Dams
The Little Mooi River rises in the high wetlands of the Highmoor State
Forest, a proclaimed wilderness area. The river has been dammed at an
altitude of 2000 metres to create two still-waters - Salmo (6 hectares)
and Kamloops (1 hectare). The fishing is highly rated and KZNNCS limits
it to a maximum of 500 rod-days per year with no more than six anglers
daily. Float tubes are permitted but, owing to the environmental sisitivity
of the area, no cars may proceed beyond a designated area. This means
that you will have to carry your tube and tackle for approximately 400
metres to Kamloops and double that distance to Salmo. The fishing season
is closed from 1st June to 31st October each year. The latter date is
somewhat flexible as it is determined by the breeding progress of the
endangered wattled cranes which nest in the area.
- Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse
This fishery on the Little Mooi River is just below Highmoor. In addition
to its own section of stream it has access to other river beats as well
as twenty dams. For full information call (033) 263-7430.
- Ratsey Farm
The Ratseys are about 13 km from Rosetta on the Kamberg road. They have
three dams, one of which is a trophy dam. It is a day-ticket fishery.
For details of fees and directions call (033)263-7024.
The 5 kilometre section of the Mooi River, between the two portions of
Kamberg, is on the farm Riverside and it is open to the public. In addition
to stream fishing, Riverside also has four dams ranging from 0,5 to 5
hectares in size. phone (033) 263-7245.
- Kamberg Nature Reserve
The Reserve straddles the upper Mooi River and is the most popular fly-fishing
venue controlled be KZNNCS. The total length of river available to vicitors
is approximately 13 km. Kamberg also has six dams ranging in size from
0,3 to 3,5 hectares. Boats or float tubes are not permitted. A day permit
is R50 per angler is required. The daily bag limit is three fish of any
size per angler on the dams and ten on the river. call (033) 263-7251.
Fly fishing accommodation
Guest House - Indeed a special find. One of those places
you wished you would have stayed longer where the accommodation, view,
location, service and food are just perfect. This is the nearest private
accommodation option near to Giants
Castle and also offers one of the
best deals available.
Castle Camp - The upside is that you are inside Giants Castle
Nature Reserve. The downside is that you are inside Giants Castle Nature
Reserve. You are as close as you can be to starting the hiking trails
but far from any of the other attractions available. And the gate opening
and closing times make early starts and doing anything after sunset an
impossibility. If you do decide to stay here opt for the self catering
option and make sure you bring your own food with you. Giants Castle
camp offers self catering and has a restaurant.
Luxury cave lodge Experience something different and stay
in the only fully catered luxury cave in the Drakensberg Mountains. And
the luxury cave comes with a few special romantic options like a jacuzzi
spa bath and fireplace both in the bedroom. Whats more it opens onto
a deck with hammock chairs and a panoramic view not often experienced.
Guest Farm - While this guest house is a little further away
in the Champagne Valley it still a great option to stay when you visit
Giants Castle. Also centrally situated this guest house makes for a special
few days in the Drakensberg. Ardmore is especially suited to families
with units that can accommodate 6 persons.
Berry Guest Farm - A simple B&B situated on the Mooi River
/ Giants Castle road They only provide breakfast and there are not to
many good options where dinner is easily available. So cook your own
dinner when you stay at Wild Berry Guest Farm
Lovely self catering accommodation in the Kamberg Valley. Situated right
on the Little Mooi River this self catering resort offers trout fishing and
a nine hole golf course. The self catering accommodation is in thatched units.
Mountain Farm House - Prepare for some of the most fantastic
food you will ever eat. This farm house offers high class fine dining
near to Highmoor Nature Reserve. The rates are a pit on the pricy end
of the scale but hey you only ever live once. Especially if you are one
of those foodie types
Nature Reserve - Simple self catering challets in the Kamberg
Valley. Make sure you bring your own food as there is little available
nearby. Kamberg suffers the same issues as Giants Casle Camp with gate
opening times that make staying here sometimes inconvient. But if all
you want to do is stay in one place I cant imagine many better accommodation
Nature Reserve- This is one of the best camp site gems thats
available in the Drakensberg. There are also a few self catering challets
which are in need of repair and a chronic revamp.