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Indigenous gardens with cathedral peak

Inkosana Lodge - Backpackers Accommodation
in the Drakensberg


No.3 in the world for value accommodation Lonely Planet 2014

Inkosana staff in front of the highest peaks of the central drakensberg

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

What people say about us on Trip Advisor

Inkosana Lodge serves as an excellent base from which to explore the mighty Drakensberg range, or as a tranquil retreat for travellers to unwind.

The backpackers accommodation lodge is set amongst indigenous gardens against the backdrop of the peaks of the Drakensberg Mountains. There are acres of open space, undisturbed grassland, and the rolling hills of the Little 'Berg.

Inkosana attracts a wide range of people, from backpackers tramping through Africa to South Africans looking for a weekend getaway.

Backpacking accommodation consists of a suite, double rooms, thatched rondavels, dormitories, and a camping ground. The lodge has a self-catering kitchen and braai facilities, although it's quite well known for breakfasts and dinners.

Inkosana is only 7 km from the Monk's Cowl entrance of KwaZulu Natal's spectacular Ukhahlamba Drakensberg National Park and accesse to the higherst peaks in the Drakensberg, Champagne Castle, Injusuthi and Mafadi. Is centrally located making many other areas of the greater Park accessible by short drives.

If you're a serious hiker or climber, you'll find expert advice and guidance for your treks. If you want a pleasant walk, opportunities abound amongst the diverse natural flora and bird life. The Park is a U.N. World Heritage Site, both for it's natural beauty and San (Bushman) rock art paintings and you'll be able to explore both from Inkosana.

Hiking's not the only thing to do at Inkosana. Many guests enjoy the horse riding and white water rafting. The area also features renowned craft centers, sport facilities and the world famous Drakensberg Boy's Choir. Easy access by car to many historical battlefield sites.




"...unpretentious, ethnic style rooms, with beautiful indigenous gardens and a retreat center feel."
The Rough Guide

"The best place in the whole of the Central 'Berg to stay."
Let's Go

"The owner is a 'Berg fundi
(South African slang for expert from the Zulu) and can advise on the best trails to do. It is also a good place to chill out for a few days."
Bradt Budget Travel Guide

"Inkosana has been around for 21 years, and like a good wine, it only improves with age. We think the lodge is consistently one of South Africa's best..."
Coast to Coast

Christmas Eve At Inkosana Lodge
Christmas Eve At Inkosana Lodge
Champagne Castle, Cathedral peak and Sterkhorn peak with the Dragons back on the right