If you've been only going to Drakensberg sun or other 4 star lodges, you are missing out on an inexpensive alternative! Inkosana lodge is a tiny lodge hidden by trees en route to Cathkin peak and other lodges in the area. Accomodation options range from Rondavels to camping ( what I did). Meals are served for R70 for dinner and on Xmas the hosts cook a AMAZING Xmas dinner that is not to be missed. Ed and his wife, the owners of Inkosana are both avid hikers ( and super nice people to boot) and Ed is a walking encyclopaedia of hiking in the area. Let Ed plan your hiking while you relax in the huge lounge studying the many guidebooks or reading National Geographic. The beautiful Monks Cowl wilderness is about 15 minutes up the road and gives you waterfalls and breathtaking views of Cathkin peak, The Spire, and local landmarks.
You owe it to yourself to check this place out!
Great food, welcoming atmosphere, close to a ton of day hikes
Out in the wilds of the upper Drakensberg, you are on your own for shelter. There are no accommodations of any kind up here besides the occasional herdsmen’s hut or overhanging cave. The benefit is that you normally have the valley you camp in to yourself and with a good clear night, you have a whole lot of night sky to gaze up at. A whole lot of quiet to go along with that, as well.
The nicest dorm room I have ever stayed in.
They offer bed and breakfast type setting, but with dorms and single, double and family rooms. Very good bang for your buck.
Clean, well run.
Meals offered are very expensive, but worth having once or twice.
Managed by international mountaineer.
He has lots of tips on hiking and places to see.
Very helpful and will offer rides to the mountains.
Prepares meals for guests (costs extra).
Inkosana Lodge is about 20 mins ride from Winterton more or less in the middle of no where with the drakensberg mountains as a backdrop. The owner Ed and the manage Chris are very friendly and get to know all guests by name. They cook food each night and do free lifts to the trekking sites offering advice on all treks. They charge just 30rand for a pick up from Winterton. They have a camping area and a pool. Rooms are clean and so are the facilities. Theres a supermarket and restaurants close by and they will run you to them if need be.
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