Injisuthi is a hutted camp in the northern section of the Giants Castle
area of the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park. It offers breathtaking scenery, superb hiking and mountaineering.
This hutted camp is cradled between the Injisuthi
and Cowl Fork rivers at the head of the Injisuthi Valley. It is surrounded by magnificent scenery and is dominated by Cathkin Peak, Monk`s Cowl and Champagne Castle. Introduction to Injisuthi:
Situated in the central section of the Maloti- Drakensberg Park, Injisuthi is cradled between the Injisuthi (or Little Tugela) 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.
What To Do On Arrival
Please check in at the reception office on arrival.
Reception office hours are between 08:00 - 12:30 and 14:00 - 16:30 daily.
Accommodation may be taken up from 14:00 while check out time is 10:00 on the day of departure.
If you arrive after hours, please refer to the accommodation schedule outside the reception office.General Info for Injisuthi:
- It is essential to obtain an exit permit from the reception office before your depature.
- No pets of any kind are permitted in the reserve.
- NB: No fires are allowed.
- Hikers must also please remember that only official overnight camp stops may be used.
- Spades and trowels must be carried for toilet use.
- No petrol or oil is available.
- No wood may be collected in the park.
- Charcoal and wood are sold at the curio shop.
- Limited basic groceries are available at the reception office.
- Please provide all your own food and drinks as the nearest town is Estcourt, 60 km away.
- No generators are permitted in the campsites.
- Motorcycles may only be used as transport to and from the park or within the camp area.
Gate entry times:
Summer (1 October - 31 March) 05:00-19:00
Winter (1 April - 30 September) 06:00-18:00
Summer (1 October to 31 March) 05:00-20:00
Winter (1 April - 30 September) 06:00-19:00Accommodation at Injisuthi:
- Fifteen 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 barbeque facility.
- There are also three two-bedded safari-tents.
- The accommodation is self-catering, but linen, bedding, cutlery and crockery are provided.
- There is also a communal TV room and coffee shop available.
- A camping ground with hot and cold water ablution facilities accommodates a total of 120 people 0n 20 sites.
- One 8-bed dormitory cabin is also available in the Injisuthi Camp.High Season:
High season dates and rates are applicable from:
7 December 2016 to 17 January 2017
17 March 2017 to 01 May 2017
15 June 2017 to 16 July 2017
22 September 2017 to 08 October 2017
High season rates are also applicable over any events.
Injisuthi - Drakensberg Activities:
- Walks into the well known Cataract Valley and Mdedelo Wilderness Area, adjacent to the camp, are incredibly scenic.
- Guided walks to the 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.
- The weather can change suddenly and become very cold so hikers are advised to be well equipped.
- The Mountain Rescue Register must to be completed before you begin your hike.
- Make sure you sign out again when you return.
- Ensure that you complete the Mountain Rescue Register correctly and in detail.
- It is very often the only information the rescue team has to go on if you have an accident or get lost.
- When you leave the park, it is essential that you record your return in the Mountain Rescue Register.
- Failure to do so wastes valuable time for managers during rescue operations.
- Your life may depend on this information.
There are several kilometres of trout waters for fishing.
Trout anglers are required to pay a daily rod fee, which can be paid at the reception office.
Please note that only recognised trout fishing tackle and techniques are permitted.
Fishing is available all year round.
Injisuthi - Drakensberg Map:
We had a wonderful stay. The establishment is very well looked after and we will definitely be back.
The houses are quite dated, but the setting is probably my favorite in all of South Africa. The remote access and lack of cellphone reception means that you truly get away from it all. There are a myriad of day walks to choose from, and some great swimming spots in the rivers around the camp. Note that the road is quite bad, so although you can still travel with a sedan, it gets tricky in rainy conditions.
The staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful. The accommodation had the simplicity we prefer. We would suggest simple maintenance be performed such as ensuring the bathroom door can close, and the towel rail came off the wall. Although you are repairing potholes, concrete strip roads will pay off better than the tar road which was put on an unprepared base and will continue to give trouble. The last stretch of approaching road was rough. A signpost from the Bergville turnoff would relieve anxiety! Directions via Winterton from Johannesburg would be better than from Estcourt and the website could give more information about what to bring e.g. towels and bedding provided, no fresh produce available. However, I think this is still one of the best spots to go in SA and we shall be returning and thank you for your efforts.
We stayed in the 8 bed cabin and except for the furniture which needs replacing as it was very old and the bathroom/toilet needs to be replaced, i can honestly say we had an exceptional time. The establishment was neatly kept, the staff were friendly. Will definitely recommend this place if you can get past the old furniture and bathroom/toilet issue.