A visit to the "berg" is a must for the local and international tourist. INKOSANA Berg Lodge is located in the most popular central region of the majestic Ukhahlamba Park, South Africa's World Heritage site. The Lodge is three minutes from the world famous Drakensberg Boys Choir and 7 Km's to Monks Cowl Nature Reserve that provides access to some of the highest peaks in Drakensberg. The sheer beauty of this breathtaking mountain range can be enjoyed from the “Eco Pool” that is chemical free and is filled with mountain fish, enjoy this outdoor experience or hike to one of the beautiful flowing waterfalls in the park to enjoy a memorable fresh water experience. The lodge is “eco friendly” and sustains itself from using resources of land such as bore hole water, fresh vegetables and herbs from the herb garden, solar lighting and outdoor eco showers, Gas cookers and wood fired pizza oven. Experience Africa, Experience INKOSANA Berg Lodge.
Monks Cowl Nature Reserve
Inkosana Lodge offers a range of accommodation – from dorm rooms for educational groups, camping for the adventurous under the African stars, family rooms with bunk beds for the kids and traditional South African thatched Rondavels for a romantic getaway - breakfast can be requested to be served to your bed.
The Drakensberg mountains is a hikers paradise – hiking trails are available for all levels of fitness. The popular Monks Cowl base camp is 7km from the Lodge, this is a great access point to some of the favorite trails in the Drakensberg such as Champagne Castle via Greys pass. The popular Injisuthi and Cathedral Peak can be reached from Monks Cowl within a day.
South African Cuisine
INKOSANA has three braai areas with stunning mountain views. Try a wood and coal braai, the South African way. Braai packs are available from the Lodge (48 hours notice required). A equipped social kitchen is available to all guests, especially for those with special dietary requirements. Its a good place to meet for a cup of tea or coffee and share your days experiences. The social kitchen is for preparation of light meals such as sandwiches, toasts, salads. There’s a hot water kettle and toasters available, self caterers and campers are welcome to bring their own mobile refrigeration along, plug points are available in the kitchen.
Inkosana Lodge serves as an excellent base from which to explore the mighty Drakensberg range or as a tranquil retreat for travellers to unwind. INKOSANA Berg Lodge has is own experienced, licensed resident tour guide. Each tour is tailor made for the individual hiker taking into consideration their fitness, health conditions and age. Day tours and overnight tours can be arranged in advance. Day tours to Nandi Falls and Blind Man's Corner are recommended. Overnight guided tours from one to 4 nights can be arranged in advance. Some of the recommended overnight tours is Champagne Castle Peak, Zulu cave, Stable cave. The Monks Cowl area is undoubtedly the safest area to overnight as the trails into Lesotho are merely impassable. You will hardly ever find Basotho herdsman or opportunists in this area. The little berg offers some of the finest views and has popular caves, waterfallls and pools to explore. There’s over 150 listed caves in the Drakensberg range. Not all caves are inhabitable, it is prohibited to overnight in caves with rock art. Caves has to be booked in advance, access to caves are not claimed on a “first come first served” basis. Cave bookings are then via the cave register, the booking cannot be done onliine or by telephone.
Guests can enjoy delicious and healthy organic meals from Breakng Bread Restaurant @ INKOSANA's kitchen. The open patio offers a charming view of the magnificent Monks Cowl and Cathkin Peaks. Meals are organic, wholesome, delicious and made with ingredients from the herb garden. The outdoor braai area is set under a shaded rustic roof with the perfect mountain view, free range and hormone free braai packs can be ordered from INKOSANA. The Patio is the perfect spot to enjoy a wood fired pizza with an afternoon cocktail, a Mojito, Strawberry daiquiri or ice cold beer after a daylong hike. Guests can enjoy a good read from the library or chill-lax in the cosy lounge while the kids enjoy board games and puzzles. INKOSANA Berg Lodge is gadget free and has no tv’s. Although free WiFi is available, guests are requested to respect the presence of others within the social lounge. INKOSANA was rated NO. 3 in the WORLD for VALUE ACCOMMODATION on LONELY PLANET in 2014.
Beautiful property and views. The bed was comfortable and facilities were good. Surprisingly so for a hostel! We were very impressed and I plan on coming back with more friends.
Beautiful location near the mountain. The owner made us a warm welcome. The lodge is well furnished,you find everything you need:kitchen,common areas,private rooms...all in a typical style of the region.
It was really cool, the facilities were great, friendly staff, well accommodating.
Serene, Picturesque, and Very Green. Highly recommend. Visited for three days this past weekend. Don't miss the chance to pick your own herbs in the herb garden. The vegetarian meals are home made and nourishing after a long day's hike. There are fish in the swimming pool!