Injasuti Nature Reserve offers exciting fly fishing in rivers, varienty of hiking trails and excellent bushman rock art
Injasuti Nature Reserve is aptly named from the literal Zulu translation “satisfied dog” which describes this fertile and beautiful Drakensberg Valley. Situated in the northern section of the Giant’s Castle area of the Natal Drakensberg Park, this hutted camp is cradled between the Injasuti (or little Tugela) and Cowl Fork rivers at the head of the Injasuti Valley. Injasuti is surrounded by magnificent scenery and is dominated by Cathkin Peak, Monk’s Cowl and Champagne Castle.
This area is rich in Bushman rock art and a particularly famous rock art location is Battle Cave where a major battle scene is depicted. There is a spiritual interpretation of this battle scene as a battle in the spirit world together and a healing process.
The main attractions at Injasuti are the Drakensberg Mountains, trout fishing, hiking, swimming and bushman rock art.
Hiking Trails at Injasuti
- Centenary Hut A severe 5 hrs hike (10 km) Injasuti. Follow the path past fergy’s Cave for 4kms to centenary on the contourpath
- Battle Cave A moderate 4 hrs hike (8.5 kms) This is a guided tour of the battle cave where a pictorial display of bushman life In this valley complete with a taped guide to the paintings are seen. One can stay for a night at the Lower Injasuti Cave, but bookings must be made in advance for both this and the battle cave tour.
- Grindstone Caves and Cataract Valley A moderate 4 hrs hike (13 kms) This hike begins at injasuti camp and follows a circular route via Grindstone Caves, the waterfalls and Cataract Valley. The path follows the Mhlwazini River back to the camp.
- Marble Baths A moderate hike. (8.5kms – 6hrs) From Injisuthi Camp follow the route to Fergy’s Cave but take the right fork along the Injisuthi River approximately 4kms from the start. You can overnight at the Marble Baths Cave.
- Spare Rib Cave A severe 2 hrs hike (3kms) Injasuti. Proceed up Bannerman Pass from Bannerman Hut. The cave is near the top of the escarpment on the left hand side.