Resort of the Month: Injisuthi

GPS CO-ORDINATES
29°26’24.05″E 29°07’06.43″S

Situated in the central section of the Maloti- Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site, Injisuthi is cradled between the Injisuthi (or LittleTugela) and Cowl Fork Rivers at the head of the Injisuthi Valley. It is surrounded by magnificent scenery and is dominated by Cathkin Peak, Monks Cowl and Champagne Castle. Being a real family getaway, the resort offers simple but comfortable accommodation, there are many delightful walks and hikes, and the rivers have a wealth of pleasant pools which are a delight to swim in during summer. The incomparable Battle Cave San rock art can be seen in this section.

Injisuthi Resort is delightfully rustic and is truly tucked away deep in the mountains. Walks into the well known Cataract Valley and Mdedelo Wilderness Area adjacent to the resort, are incredibly scenic. Guided walks to Battle Cave, famous for its San Rock art, are booked in advance and is limited to a minimum of four and a maximum of 20 people. Overnight hiking routes extend deep into valleys and forests of the area and up onto the main escarpment, ensuring a pure wilderness experience with breathtaking views and scenery. Day hikes and walks consist of routes that are graded from easy to difficult. Some of them have gloriously refreshing rock pools that beg to be swum in, the crisp berg water will leave you feeling completely rejuvenated.

Be warned, however, that the weather can change suddenly and become very cold so hikers are advised to be appropriately equipped. It is strongly recommended to hike in parties of four or more.

PLEASE NOTE: it is essential that you fill in the Mountain Rescue Register before you begin your hike. Make sure you sign in again when you return.

llustration 1: The Injesuthi River has many wonderful pools inviting the visitor for a swim...

llustration 1: The Injesuthi River has many wonderful pools inviting the visitor for a swim…

Ensure that you complete the Mountain Rescue Register correctly and in detail before you leave on a hike. It is very often the only information the rescue team has to go on if you have an accident or get lost. It is essential that you record your return from a hike too. Failure to ‘sign back in’ on your return can result in the waste of valuable time and resources on fruitless search or rescue operations. Your life may depend on this information.

Injisuthi has sixteen four-bedded fully self-contained cabins each consisting of two bedrooms, a lounge/dining room, bathroom, toilet and kitchenette with a refrigerator and a stove are available. Visitors are required to do their own cooking and washing up. Electricity is available between 17:30 – 22:00 only and there are no plug points available.

There is also one eight-bed fully self-contained cabin with a barbecue facility. There are also three two-bedded safari-tents. Visitors must supply their own linen, bedding, cutlery and crockery. There is also a communal TV room

For serious outdoor fans there is also a camping ground with hot and cold water ablution facilities and which accommodates a total of 120 people on 20 sites.

To get to Injisuthi, turn off the N3 freeway at the Estcourt North/Loskop turnoff. Take the Loskop road. Follow the tarred Loskop road for 27 km before turning left at the Injisuthi signpost. The camp is 30 km along this road. Visitors should exercise caution when driving along this road and it is advisable not to travel after dark.

RESERVATIONS
Reservations for all accommodation can be made through Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife Reservations, PO Box 13069, Cascades, 3202.
Email: bookings@kznwildlife.com.
Telephone +27 (0) 33 845 1000, Fax +27 (0) 33 845 1001.
Website: www.knzwildlife.com

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