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INKOSANA is ideally located on the R600 in the Champagne Valley. The lodge is home to mostly international guests from around the globe. INKOSANA caters for all budgets, from en-suite private Rondavels. Some Rondavels have a eco outside hot water shower offering a South African experience. Family rooms with en-suite and budget family rooms with shared bathrooms. The lodge also caters for back backers that prefer rustic, tranquil and clean accommodate. The Lodge has a common lounge area that’s tastefully decorated, a dining area to seat 65 Guests, communal kitchen for guests to prepare a light meal. INKOSANA has two well trained chefs that specializes in South African cuisine, some of the favorites are butter chicken curry, beef potjie and grilled barracuda fish. The soups are amazing, most made with the fresh organic vegetables from our garden. Limited camping is available and booking should be made in advance. Inkosana have been welcoming travellers for over 30 years, the Lodge is well established and the design and rusticness is much appreciated by our guests.
At INKOSANA we care about our guests, your safety is our priority. We have implemented a hiking register so we know where you are in case of emergencies. Mountain guides has always been contentious, hence Inkosana has a resident guide that would accompany our guests on day and overnight hikes. Our guests have peace of mind knowing that our guide is licensed and experienced. He will accompany you from the lodge and bring you back safely to the lodge. We recommend Monks Cowl Park for overnight expeditions, this is undoubtedly one of the safer areas in Drakensberg and incident free. The Drakensberg range is the border between South Africa and Lesotho, it is not advisable for tourists to overnight without a guide, the guides are familiar with the area and the elements of all nature, they are well trained and experienced to ensure your safety.
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 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”
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 Inkosana, Experience INKOSANA, Experience AFRICA…
We are concerned for the safety of our guests in the mountains, so follow our advice and don’t take chances. There are hikes to suit all levels of fitness, staff at INKOSANA will assess your needs and advise on all regions of the Drakensberg, North and South, which are accessible from Inkosana. Follow the link and click on “Hiking in the berg” www.inkosana.co.za
We have two friendly barking dogs to greet you, baroque with breakfast, mellow jazz in the day and viby African music in the evening. There are great magazines, a good library, board games and puzzles to enjoy on rainy days. Our kitchen has a wood fire pizza oven, wraps and snacks, hiking lunch packs, delicious breakfasts and dinners with amazing desserts. Our unique honesty bar is stocked with great wine, draught beer, ciders and cool drinks. Do not wait to be served, choose your drink and write your room number in the “Honesty Register” There is of course no noisy bar and no TV!!!
Inkosana bread is legendary, the cheese and chocolate cakes are equally good. Excellent meals are on offer with good restaurant at the lodge. The lodge has a herb garden with pleasant aroma of ivy and lavenders with the splashing flow of water to relax your mind and an outstanding mountain view. The indigenous gardens and the yellowwood walk is superb for bird watching and stretch your legs before supper. The eco pool is huge and great for cooling off on hot summer days and after coming down from the mountain, swim with the fish…
In the valley there is a bakery, 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 (on Wednesday’s during school season), 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. See the chapter on “Drakensberg”.
“Great hospitality, high flexibilty, super advice , good food”
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