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Although classified as backpackers lodge, Inkosana is much more than that. It caters for discerning travellers who require **** accommodation in  natural and rustic surrounds. Inkosana is situated in the Drakensberg mountains of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.we have been welcoming travellers for over 30 years. Suitable for family weekend (or longer) stays for that getaway from city life and a break in the fresh mountain air.

Why choose Inkosana Lodge? There are many reasons,  mainly, it is an experience, the Inkosana Experience. It is different, very different. Inkosana is the Zulu name for the son or little chief, Edmund Salomons came here as that little chief to start a hostel for climbers in 1983 and named the lodge after a peak by the same name (the Monks’s Cowl is called Inkosana by the Zulu people). Edmund was very involved in mountaineering in the then, Transvaal (Gauteng), he was chairman of the Mountain Club of South Africa there and also mountain rescue convener. Ed has  been involved in a guidebook on the Drakensberg and also a coffee table book , see the chapter on  the “Drakensberg”

 

Drakensberg Inkosana from the air
Drakensberg Inkosana from the air

The Little Chief has come of age and this retreat has become an international institution and an Experience not to be missed on your African travels. This is no ordinary backpackers, more of a special resort, it offers a sanctuary of peace and quiet below the peaks of Monks Cowl, Champagne Castle and Cathkin Peak in the Central Drakensberg.  Close by are the highest peaks in the Drakensberg, Injisuthi and Mafadi. In every sense Inkosana will cater to your needs with service and advice in a very special way you will not find anywhere else! This is the Inkosana experience and is fun!

Highest Peaks in Drakensberg
Highest Peaks in Drakensberg

There is no money-making agenda when advising guests. We are concerned for your safety in the mountains, so follow our advice and don’t take chances. There are hikes to suit all levels of fitness, Edmund will assess your needs and can best advise on all the regions of the Drakensberg, North and South, which are all accessible from Inkosana. Truly your one stop shop! See the chapter on “Drakensberg” in this website and also www.inkosana.co.za

At Inkosana there are two self-catering kitchens and a wonderful sunny communal room with a log fire in winter.

Main kitchen at Inkosana Lodge
Guest kitchen at Inkosana Lodge
Comfortable double room
Comfortable double room

 You have three bouncy, barking dogs to greet you, baroque with breakfast, mellow jazz in the day and viby African music in the evening. There are great magazines, good newspapers and board games, puzzles to build on rainy days. Home bakes are sold and also wine, beer and cool drinks. There is of course no noisy bar !!

Our Friendly dogs
Our Friendly dogs
Big lounge at Inkosana Lodge
Big lounge at Inkosana Lodge

Inkosana bread is legendary, the cheese and chocolate cakes are equally good. Excellent meals are on offer with good restaurants and shops just a short drive away. The lodge has a herb garden and fountain to relax at, plenty of shady areas in indigenous gardens and a yellowwood walk to stretch your legs before supper. The eco pool is huge and great for cooling off on hot summer days.

Campsite and dam at Inkosana Lodge
Campsite and dam at Inkosana Lodge
Rondawels  Inkosana Lodge
Rondawels Inkosana Lodge
Cool of in the Echo Pool
Cool of in the Eco Pool

In the valley there is a bakery, a supermarket, arts and crafts and coffee shops, a golf course, bird of prey centre, canopy tour, river rafting in summer, concerts at The Drakensberg Boys Choir, mountain biking and horse riding

Further afield are the valleys of Giants Castle and Injisuthi to the south and Cathedral Peak and Amphitheatre ( Royal Natal Park ) to the north. These are all with in an easy day visit by car, as are the Battlefields around Ladysmith and Dundee. Inkosana offers selfdrive, guided Zulu cultural day tours to Injisuthi and also to Lesotho from Karma Backpackers in Kestell. See the chapter on “Drakensberg”.

“Great hospitality, high flexibilty, super advice , good food”
Wolfgang Bildhauer

Contact us Email  inkosana@inkosana.co.za