Inkungu Lodge is a delightful retreat in the heart of KwaZulu-Natal

Inkungu Lodge KwaZulu-Natal accommodation

Inkungu Lodge, Champagne Valley, KwaZulu-Natal

When searching for accommodation in the heart of KwaZulu-Natal that is in harmony with the natural surroundings, you will find that Inkungu Lodge has it all and more.

The lodge gets its name from the Zulu word ‘IzinKungu’ which means mist; a perfect name as you will notice on those misty mornings where soft filmy drapes shroud the mystical dragons of the glorious Drakensberg views from your room.

The lodge is truly in harmony with nature, with its sandstone walls, natural gardens and the rim-flow pool, which mirrors the lovely mountains. Whether you are travelling for business or leisure, you will find everything you need at Inkungu Lodge.

Champagne Valley, where Inkungu Lodge is situated, is a popular escape from the city in the Central Drakensberg region. It is said to have received its name from the first climbers of the mountain who wanted to celebrate reaching the peak with a bottle of champagne, only to drop the bottle before reaching the top.

There is a wide variety of activities to enjoy in the area; which Champagne Valley is renowned for. You will find activities such as hiking, river rafting, hot-air-ballooning, a lovely canopy tour, some fascinating displays of the birds of prey in the area, and a very enjoyable meander of artsy shops and gourmet treats, amongst all that is to enjoy in the area.

Accommodation at Inkungu Lodge

Inkungu Lodge, Accommodation, Champagne Valley, KwaZulu-Natal

There are eight different rooms to choose from at Inkungu Lodge, each one uniquely furnished, showcasing luxurious hand-picked vintage furniture and antiques with a unique story behind many of them. There are six Standard Rooms, (four Double Rooms, two Twin Rooms) and two Luxury Suites; the Honeymoon and Presidential.

All rooms come with an en-suite bathroom and lead out to a balcony or a patio that has stunning views of the Drakensberg mountain range. You will also find a TV with DStv, air-conditioning, tea and coffee-making facilities and bathroom amenities in every room for your comfort.

For those wanting the all-star treatment, the Honeymoon and Executive Presidential Suite are what you need. The Honeymoon Suite boasts its own lounge and private bar, making it the perfect room for newlyweds and young couples of all ages to escape in, whilst the Presidential Suite with its informal lounge, private bar and executive desk provides a well-needed atmosphere of comfort for business travellers, and those celebrating a special occasion.

Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the accommodation and free and secure parking is provided as well.

Facilities & dining at Inkungu Lodge

Inkungu Lodge, Accommodation, Champagne Valley, KwaZulu-Natal

When it comes to dining at Inkungu Lodge, they have a fully-equipped kitchen with experienced staff and an executive chef that creates scrumptious meals for a memorable 5 course dinner which includes a legendary soup with fresh home-baked rolls, a starter, a choice of two main courses (usually a red or white meat but they do have excellent choices for vegetarians and vegans on request) followed by a choice of classic desserts including a stunning homemade ice cream) and ending with tea/coffee and a sherry or port. A delicious full buffet and hot breakfast is included in the rate, and is served between 8 and 10 am so lovely sleep-ins are encouraged.

The well-stocked indoor/pool patio bar can provide you with any drink you desire, so you can enjoy a sundowner of your choice. For the discerning wine connoisseur, the lodge has a wine cellar which includes a private collection of fine wines.

The communal lounge area with a fireplace provides a place for you to get comfortable and cosy. There are a number of reading and relaxing lounges and nooks as well as workstations throughout the lodge, for little hideaways and me-time, or family get-togethers.

The swimming pool is perfect for cooling off during hot days, with lazy loungers on the view drenched patios.

Inkungu lodge also provides facilities for business conferences and small, intimate weddings. Have the wedding of your dreams with the majestic mountains as a backdrop or host the perfect conference. Inkungu Lodge will tailor make to your expectations for a memorable and enjoyable event.

What People Say about InkunguLodge

“My wife and I stayed for two nights and WOW the most incredible place, amazing views amazing staff and the food WOW, long lazy days by an amazing pool with a breath-taking view #themoneyshot. Felt just like home absolutely incredible thank you.” – Bruce TripAdvisor.

“As we travelled through South-Africa and Lesotho, the Inkungu Lodge was an absolute treat and a delight to stay. We stayed for two nights and one day and this place has it. The owners are very sweet; give you great advice when asked upon. It absolutely felt like a home away from home. We actually thought for a moment to stay here instead of moving on to Lesotho. We didn’t but it shows how much we appreciated this place.” – Johan TripAdvisor.

“We have just experienced a weekend away in a beautiful hotel with delightful furnishing in the room and lounges. The views from the room balcony and from the infinity pool were stunning, the food from the restaurant was excellent and the personal attention from the owners Anton and Kerry was much appreciated and enjoyed.” – CJ TripAdvisor.

Top reasons for staying at Inkungu Lodge:

  1. The lodge is set in the most beautiful natural surroundings of Drakensberg.
  2. The rooms are spacious and beautifully decorated.
  3. The features from the bar to the swimming pool and facilities are top-class and well-kept.
  4. The owners are helpful and accommodating.
  5. Food served at Inkungu Lodge is not to be missed!

To make a booking at Innkungu Lodge, give them a call on 084 465 8648 or email Visit their website at Find them at D19 District Road, Cathkin, 3340.

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