Avian Workshop – 3 day Weekend, Giant’s Castle, Drakensberg

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June 11 – 14th 2019

September 12 – 16th 2019 – Fully Booked




Join us in the magnificent Drakensberg mountains at Giant’sCastle, home of the Eland and the majestic Bearded Vulture, for this 3 day workshop/outing in the vulture hide. Great photo opportunities to capture the Cape as well as Bearded Vultures, in flight and hopefully landing not more than 100m from this beautiful hide high up on the side of the mountain.

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We will arrive on the Friday afternoon and after a relaxing dinner we will retire for the evening. We have the exclusive use of the hide for Saturday, Sunday end we depart on Monday. We generally spend the mornings in the hide and the afternoons looking at our images and doing some processing. There will also be opportunities to do some landscapes of the beautiful surroundings as well as possibly some Milky Way shots if the weather plays along.

You will receive hands on training by your host, Robbie Aspeling. Robbie is the recipient of a coveted Owl Award from Birdlife SA for his contribution to birding through photography. He has more than 30 years experience photographing birds and has been a regular speaker and trainer at many bird photography events throughout South Africa.

Giants Castle Game Reserve lies in the Central Berg region of the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park.  It’s name comes from the silhouette of the mountain escarpment that resembles the profile of a sleeping giant.

Giants castle camp is situated on a grassy plateau among the deep valleys running down from the face of the High Drakensberg, offering glorious views for hikers and mountain climbers.



The cost for the three days is R7995-00 per person sharing for photographers and R5495-00 per person for non photography partners sharing the same accommodation. Single supplement is R900-00.

Included in this fee is:

  • Standard room SHARING – serviced daily
  • Bed linen, blankets & towels
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Snacks & non alcoholic beverages
  • Hands on training by your host


  • Transport to and from Giants Castle
  • Lunch
  • Alcoholic beverages, personal expenses and optional extra activities

Take careful note of what is included and what is excluded from the price.


The full price will be payable at the time of making your booking. Once your booking has been confirmed, no refunds will be made.


Your travel plans are made entirely at your own risk and RA Photography / ABG Marketing / Robbie Aspeling will not accept responsibility for any flight cancellations, disruptions or delays on your way to Giants Castle.


  • Early morning breakfast at 7am
  • Depart for vulture hide at 7.45 am
  • Open forum discussion and/or hands-on training relating to photography and related topics by your host photographer
  • Depending on the activity at the hide, the time we leave the hide will vary
  • Time for other activities at Giants Castle
  • Dinner

Other activities at Giants Castle

  • The office and shop are open from 08:00 to 17:00 from Monday to Saturday and from 08:00 to 16:00 on Sunday
  • The shop sells a wide range of curious and supplies
  • Visit the Main Caves Museum  for an insight into the past life of the San People – a 45 min walk from the camp
  • There is a variety of self guided day walks through the lower parts of the park throughout the year, weather permitting.  Routes are available from the camp office
  • The weather is subject to change at short notice and hikers must be well equipped as it can get extremely cold.  Hikers must also fill in their details in the mountain Rescue Register before proceeding on a hike.
  • 15 kilometres of Trout fishing river – in season only
  • Bird watching – over 170 known species of birds, including many raptors such as Bearded vulture and black Eagle
  • You may encounter mainly Eland and other species of antelope, baboons, also some smaller mammals such as rock hyraxes (dassie) and Serval

Photographic Equipment

  • camera & lenses (lenses from 400mm – 600mm is the best to use)
  • batteries
  • battery charger
  • memory cards
  • for landscape photography – tripod & landscape lenses
  • for milkyway photography – tripod and ultra wide angle lens
  • laptop
  • power supply
  • flash
  • card reader
  • bean bag


Clients are advised to arrange their own comprehensive travel insurance and medical emergency insurance.  Please add your insurance details on the booking form, should you have these insurances in place.

Health requirements

No compulsory vaccinations are required.  If you suffer from any medical conditions that may affect you or your participation on this workshop, please inform us about this at the time of your booking.  You are responsible for bringing any prescription medication you may need.  We accept no responsibility for any medical conditions, illnesses or related incidents that may occur during your workshop, even if we have been fully informed about your condition.


RA Photography / ABG Marketing / Robbie Aspeling and its staff accept no liability or responsibility for any damage, injury or loss of any kind whatsoever, including but not limited to death, disability, property theft or damage, cancellation of your workshop or any other such incident as may arise on your workshop.  By booking your workshop, you agree that you are aware of the inherent risks associated with travel and you further agree to indemnify RA Photography / ABG Marketing / Robbie Aspeling from any claim or liability which may result from any kind of loss or accident which may occur during or after or as a result of your workshop.  You are participating on this workshop/safari entirely at your own risk.


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