Giants Castle, Drakensberg

About Lower Injisuthi Cave Hike

Start: Injisuthi, Giant's Castle Nature Reserve
Finish: Injisuthi, Giant's Castle Nature Reserve
Duration: 17 km, overnight hike
Fitness: moderate to easy
Our tip: David Bristow regards this hike as one of the three best medium-lenth hikes in the 'berg

High up the top end of Giant's Castle Nature Reserve is the remote camp of Injisuthi (also spelled Injasuthi), considered one of the finest areas in which to hike.

As well as numerous mountain peaks to conquer, there are four caves to visit: Lower and upper Injisuthi, Marble Baths and Grindstone caves, all of them overnight stops for hikers.

Lower Injisuthi cave is not a difficult walk, at 8 km each way, particularly if you overnight in the cave.

Start at the Injisuthi rest camp and head up the Injisuthi River valley, rich with fine views of the high escarpment in the far background, and other natural curiosities; enough to fill the day with interest.

This same trail leads to Boundary pool (only 3 km from the campsite and perfect for swimming) and to Battle and Junction caves, both rich with rock art.

Fergy's (Fergies) stream is a good place to stop for lunch.

Towards the end of the valley, just below the cave, there are some rather steep rock scrambles, and the cave is rather well hidden by tall grass.

The cave is a large overhang that easily sleeps a 10 – 12 man hiking group, but remember to book the cave ahead of time.

If you time your hike you can coincide with the daily guided walk that brings hikers to Battle Cave for the rock art (you pass Battle cave en route to Lower Injisuthi cave).

There is also a series of rock pools in a gully just before the caves.

Need to Know

WhereInjisuthi, Giant's Castle Nature Reserve, Drakensberg

WhenBest during daylight hours.

How muchFree

OvernightThe closest town is Giants Castle, in KwaZulu Natal

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