Please note that there are no regular departures, each trip has to be specially planned.

Inkosana lodge offers guided overnight hikes with Karl Huyberechts, Karl is an accomplished mountaineer and hails from Belgium, he settled here with his family to farm in this valley a number of years ago.

The hikes range from 1night’s duration to 3 nights and from easy to moderate, to very strenuous. The route may be adapted to suit a group once we have met you at Inkosana Lodge, the night before you set off.

We need to know what experience you have and how fit you are. You will require personal gear, rucksacks and sleeping bags and mats. The fee includes park fee, guide, food and communal equipment and tents. Excluded is insurance and pick up fee if the hike ends in a different valley. The price is per person per trip. A one half deposit is required on booking.

Please note that each trip has to be tailor-made, we need as much warning as possible to make sure the guide is available, please see tariffs, we need a minimum 2 people, it is expensive for small parties.

2-3pax 4-5pax 6-8pax9+pax
1 night R 1250R 1050R 950 R 875
2 night R 2350R 1950 R 1750R 1500
3 night R 3250R 2650 R 2200R 1900


1 night, 2 day

A and B moderate C strenuous

A) day 1, from Monk’s Cowl park entrance to Blind Man’s Corner and on to Zulu Cave 12.5km 600m day 2, return via Jacobs Ladder and Blue Grotto 19km

B) day 1, from Monk’s Cowl to Blind Man’s Corner on to Stable Cave 19km 600m day 2, return via Vaalribbokkop and Culfargie 12km

C) day 1, from Monk’s Cowl to Keith Bush Camp below Champagne Castle13.5km 850m day 2, return the same way or via Makurumani forest

2 night 3 day hike
A moderate B and C strenuous D very strenuous

A) day 1, Monk’s Cowl to Blind Man’s Corner onto Zulu Cave 12.5 km 600m day 2, from there down to the Mlwazini river valley and up again to Stable Cave via Hospital- spruyt 9km day 3, descend via Jacob’s Ladder to the Blue Grotto 9km

B) day 1, to Keith Bush Camp 13.5 km 850m day 2, up Gray’s Pass to Champagne Castle camp near the summit 2.5km 1000m
day 3, return the same way to Monk’s Cowl

C) day 1, Monk’s Cowl to Stable Cave via Jacob’s ladder 15km 500m day 2, hike down through the beautiful gorge, camp at river near Philip’s Folly 20km day 3, hike to the top of Mikes Pass. Pickup at Didima 20km

D) day 1, Monk’s Cowl to all the way to Schoongezicht Cave along the contour path 30km day 2, follow the Mhlawazine Gorge pass Eland Cave and camp at the river 10km day 3, return via Eagle Gorge and descend Jacob’s Ladder to Drakensberg Sun 20km

3 night 4 day hikes all very strenuous

A) day 1, ascend Jacob’s Ladder to the top of Van Dam’s Cascades on the Little ‘Berg day 2, traverse via Blind Man’s corner to Keith Bush Camp at the base of Champagne Castle 2300m day 3, ascend Gray’s Pass and camp near the summit above 3200m
day 4, return to Monks Cowl

B) By going directly to Keith Bush on the first day one can return on days 3 and 4 via Ship’s Prow Pass
C) It is also possible to do Mafadi, the highest point in South Africa, via Leslies Pass from Injisuthi Camp
D) A great 4 day hike is to the summit Giant’s Castle via Langalibalele Pass and return via Giant’s Pass

These are all strenuous hikes for the fit and experienced, expect long days and steep ascents.