Inkunzi Cave & Zulu Hut

Inkunzi Cave & Zulu Hut

No 8 Highlands, Champagne Valley, Cathkin Park South Africa
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If you’re looking for a family-friendly guest house in Cathkin Park, look no further than Inkunzi Cave & Zulu Hut.

Guest rooms offer a kitchenette.

In addition, guests can enjoy a pool during their visit. As an added convenience, there is free parking available to guests.

If you’re looking for a cafe, consider a visit to Scrumpy Jacks, which is not far from Inkunzi Cave & Zulu Hut.

If you are interested in exploring Cathkin Park, check out Drakensberg Boys Choir School (0.4 mi), which is a short walk from Inkunzi Cave & Zulu Hut.

The staff at Inkunzi Cave & Zulu Hut looks forward to serving you during your upcoming visit.

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Monkeyc wrote a review Oct 2023
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a wonderful stay here and infact added on a night we enjoyed it so very much.
We booked both the Cave and Zulu Hut. Estelle was very easy to book with and was helpful every time I messaged and shifted dates as our plans changed. On arrival we had a wonderful warm
Welcome by both Steve and Estelle! Both venues are unique and really an experience, the children’s imagination fell in love with the space and adults alike really appreciate the remarkable art found throughout. Well equipped with everything you could need we enjoyed being able to do breakfasts and BBQs at home but equally easy to pop by to many restaurants close by. Tge pool infront of the cave was spectacular and a meeting place for us every time we returned. Monks Cowl hikes, all the valley shops, curio stores, and the adventure stuff like abseiling, scooting biking, horse riding, birds of prey shoe, the reptile sanctuary and off course the Drakensberg Boys Choir which is next door are all within 3-10 min drive .

Reading through Steve’s book makes you feel like you have lived in the Valley for years.
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: There is a small supermarket next door and Dragon Peaks, with all the essentials!
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BrowniesManis wrote a review Dec 2012
Utrecht, The Netherlands
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed 2 nights in the shack and we love it. The room are very creative and unique. The view of monk's cowl is very amazing from the cave. The host are very lovely and full of amazing great stories. The place is close to the hiking gate..

It is wonderful place to stay and i think the best in drakensberg..
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Date of stay: December 2012
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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JonathanShutte wrote a review Aug 2012
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I stumbled across this lovely resort on the internet and couldnt have been more pleasantly surprised by what I had just found. The website alone is enough to entice anybody once you have gone through the virtual tour. It is a must to do for anyone wanting to visit the Zulu Hut or the Inkunzi Cave.

The only disappointment was that they only had one night available for my wife and I. We really wanted to stay longer but couldnt, so book early if you want to go. Perhaps the reason for this popularity is their incredibly cheap rates! I was surprised that a place as unique and original as this would be so well priced. That was the biggest draw card for me prior to visiting.

The places are outstanding and very original! you will never see anything else like it on earth. The location couldnt be better, being right underneath the massive Drakensburg mountains. everything is provided for you and you wont be left wanting anything else. It may appear as if you are roughing it in these units but they are actually very luxurious. The units are perfectly crafted to look like authentic Zulu huts and caves but provide the usual comfort that you would expect from a normal hotel. But I wont say too much here because I dont want to spoil the experience. Do the virtual tour, and go visit! You wont regret it!
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Date of stay: June 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Try and stay in both the Zulu Hut and the Inkunzi Cave during your stay if you have the chance...
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knothomeeither wrote a review Sept 2016
Atlanta, Georgia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had such a lovely time in the Champagne Valley region of Drakensberg at the Inkunzi Cave, Zulu Hut and Didley Squat Eco Abode. Our family occupied all three structures for three nights and we wish we could have stayed longer. Having just attended a traditional Zulu wedding prior to our arrival, we can truly attest that Steve and Estelle's attention to detail is impeccable. Each unit has it's own charm and authenticity. There were beads and headdress' adorning the units that were identical to those we had seen people wearing earlier in the day! It is an amazing place in a breathtaking setting. The hosts are a lovely couple who are as kind and generous as they are talented. We look forward to returning some day!
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Date of stay: September 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: The Inkunzi Cave's pool is spectacular.
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JD J wrote a review Nov 2014
Arvada, Colorado
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We just returned home from an exciting and adventurous month long trip to South Africa. Our highlight of the entire venture was spending time at Inkunzi Cave with owners Steve, Estelle and Mouti. We strongly recommend that you spend time at this unique and beautiful location in the Drakensberg mountains. Plan on a minimum stay of three nights as you will kick yourself if you leave too soon, (as we did). The location is spectacular and even greater is the Cave itself, a surprise at every turn. Steve Bull is the creative artist of this place and you will immensely enjoy the company of this living legend and his wife Estelle. If we ever return to South Africa, we will be back in a heartbeat. Do not miss this place if you are in this region !!
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Date of stay: October 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Ertjies wrote a review May 2021
Cape Town Central, South Africa
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nestled in Champagne Valley with breath taking views over the Drakensberg, and a stone thrown from the famous Drakensberg Boys Choir, lies a unique accommodation, complete with private rockpool and boosting wonderoud art work by the owner. The attention to detail and creativity is phenomenal! Well worth the visit.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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melandmike2017 wrote a review Apr 2017
Durban, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in the Zulu Hut....wow...what an absolutely amazing experience. The hut was cozy, clean and comfortable. Perfect for family bonding time. The attention to detail in the African décor and art work is commendable. We (the kids included) loved the shower and the splash pool. The view of the mountain peaks from the bedroom is spectacular. The ambience of the place is fantastic. We had the most relaxing weekend. Estelle and Steve went out of their way to make us feel at home. The kids loved Muthi, the gorgeous Jack Russell and can't wait to be back again.
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Date of stay: April 2017
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Tom W wrote a review Nov 2015
Basye, Virginia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed at the cave after reading reviews on Trip Advisor. I was a little skeptical about it but made the reservations anyway. First, it is not a cave, it is the dream and creation of Steve and Estelle Bull. It does resemble a cave, however, albeit with all the amenities of home. The setting is in the Drackensburg mountains. The view from the building are unparalleled. The decor of the two room two bath cave are decorated with paintings from the host Steve Bull who is a well known artist. To completely write a thorough review of this outstanding experience would take many paragraphs. Suffice it to say that if you would like a few days in the mountains and need a place to stay, reserve the cave.
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Date of stay: November 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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SamTravel68 wrote a review Apr 2014
Johannesburg, South Africa
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
If you are looking for a peaceful weekend away, where you can have your own privacy, peace and quiet then this is the place to go. We stayed in the cave and loved every minute. Our favourite part of the cave was having our very own private pool, this was great. The cave is an absolute piece of art. The attention to detail and the passion put into the cave, is clear in its beauty. The creator of the Cave, Steve, is such a fascinating man, we could speak to him for hours, be sure to buy a copy of his book which is fantastic. The view from the cave is breath taking. We were lucky enough to even have two swallows nesting in the cave, stunning. Just a word of advice though, there is no oven, so do not take food with that needs to be cooked in the oven. The cave is well situated to a number of attractions, a must is the falcon centre and the canopy tours.
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Date of stay: February 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Jeanine J wrote a review Dec 2013
Cape Town, South Africa
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
If you've ever fantasized about having your own hobbit hole but with a completely South African feel, the Diddley Squat will deliver. It oozes charm and cuteness factor, with a lot of attention to detail, bearing testament to truly creative and inspired hosts. From outside it looks like a sunken cave, from the inside it looks like a Soweto-inspired retro shack. Well appointed, with everything you need for self catering. Our stay there was very very comfortable & secluded, with uninterrupted views of the mountain from most parts of the property. Beautiful garden as well, with cleverly placed shrubs that are now still small but will provide even more privacy in a year or two.

The rock pools were pretty impressive, the water warms up nicely within one day in summer if its sunny and provides for wonderful soaking after a long day of walking in the mountains. The larger pools around the Inkunzi Cave are really pretty, its some of the best work i've seen, pretty darn close to the real thing! The Cave was unoccupied so we had the pleasure of taking a peak, and it looks lovely, think we might stay there some other time in future! Has the best views.

The little retro stereo/music player in the Shack can handle mp3s on flash drive or just bring a headphone jack for your phone/ipod and viola, you can listen to your own tunes.

Only suggestion I'd also make is to do all your self catering shopping in Winterton already, the local supermarket has all the basics but nothing fancy and you wont find wine/beer anywhere in the valley.

I'v been to many different places all over the drakensberg, and the Diddley Squat is now one of my favorites. Charming, unusual, great location, and very affordable. Our hosts were welcoming and friendly and we regret not being able to spend more time chatting to then (had to leave early to get back to pretoria and we're NOT morning people!!!).

Highly recommended for people looking for something cute, cosy & unusual.
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Date of stay: December 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Monkeyc wrote a tip Oct 2023
Dubai, United Arab Emirates344 contributions118 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"There is a small supermarket next door and Dragon Peaks, with all the essentials!"
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Paul93 wrote a tip Sept 2019
West Sand Lake, New York99 contributions53 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"the cave is amazing"
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tonyandelaine wrote a tip Apr 2019
Durban, South Africa336 contributions73 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Inkunzi Cave sleeps 4 & has 2 bathrooms en suite. 1 with shower & 1 with bath"
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K9TLS wrote a tip Sept 2018
Leamington Spa, United Kingdom202 contributions69 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"They're all great!"
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Lesley S wrote a tip Apr 2017
Durban, South Africa73 contributions41 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The cave and the Zulu hut have the best views"
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Frequently Asked Questions about Inkunzi Cave & Zulu Hut
Which popular attractions are close to Inkunzi Cave & Zulu Hut?
Nearby attractions include Drakensberg Boys Choir School (0.7 km), Falcon Ridge Bird of Prey Centre (1.4 km), and Drakensberg Mountains (2.8 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Inkunzi Cave & Zulu Hut?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and free parking.
Is parking available at Inkunzi Cave & Zulu Hut?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Inkunzi Cave & Zulu Hut?
Conveniently located restaurants include Valley Bakery, The Drakensberg Chocolate Memories, and Champagne Bistro - Cafe.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Inkunzi Cave & Zulu Hut?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Inkunzi Cave & Zulu Hut have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
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