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*All distances listed are as the crow flies, and not actual travel distances.
Injisuthi camp in the Injisuthi Valley lies within the borders of the Giant’s Castle Game Reserve in the Maloti Drakensberg Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The camp is located on the banks of the Injisuthi River – sometimes known as Old Woman Stream – in an unspoilt section of the park, with several interesting routes established through the wilderness for hikers, mountain climbers and day walkers to enjoy.
Injisuthi, also pronounced Injasuti, is directly translated as dog (inja) and satisfaction (suthi), although how this name was derived is a total mystery.
The towering Champagne Castle overlooks Injisuthi Valley which has 5 caves to explore; lower and upper Injisuthi, Marble Baths, Grindstone and Wonder Valley. A sixth, Battle Cave, is via a guided hike and may be out of bounds, check with your host. Sleeping facilities at the caves (in huts or in the caves themselves) must be booked well in advance, the trails are extremely popular throughout the year.
All hiking routes are fairly challenging and exceptionally scenic, the views from spots such as View Point up van Heyningen's Pass can only be described as spectacular. Take along swimming gear, as there are a number of rocks pools to cool off on the routes. Expect to see ancient San rock art in the caves, waterfalls, sections of indigenous forest, an old outpost, the occasional reedbuck and ledges overlooking deep rock pools to try your hand at kloofing!
During the rainy season, care must be taken when crossing rivers. Check with the local authority on the status of river levels before embarking on a hike, as rivers can swell quickly after heavy rains upstream.
Aside from the overnight hikes, trout fishing is popular in the streams around Injisuthi and there are horseback riding facilities and mountain bike paths nearby. Whichever activity you prefer, all are good for the soul.