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July Camp


This year, after an absence of 9 years, once again, July Camp will be held in the majestic Injisuthi area (in the Central Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park). This area is described as ‘being cradled between the Injisuthi (Little Tugela) and Cowl Fork rivers at the head of the Injisuthi Valley; surrounded by magnificent scenery and dominated by Cathkin Peak, Monk’s Cowl and Champagne Castle’.

The Injisuthi area offers a dramatic and scenically rugged terrain with superb hiking in the Little Berg; backpacking on the Escarpment from Giant’s Castle to Champagne Castle and beyond, with a range of mountain passes in between; rock-climbing opportunities; and, if weather conditions are suitable, even opportunities for ice climbing or snowmen and snow ball fights! It has some superb examples of rock art (e.g. Battle Cave to which there are tours conducted by community guides at a cost of R200 per person with a minimum party size of four OR you can go there on your own at a charge of R80 per person. All the tours are arranged through the Camp Office), abundant bird life and the antelope for which the Berg is renowned. Also small wildlife abounds - when we went up on the ‘recce’, the annual migration of white butterflies was at its most dramatic peak and it was like driving or walking through a sunny snowfall!

The ruggedness of the terrain has precluded the development of a road beyond the small, beautiful hutted Camp, so Base Camp will be in the minimally developed Injisuthi Camp site. It is very invitingly yet simple and beautifully maintained Camp site. It has mown areas for tents, ablution facilities, running water and sufficient longer grass and trees for a pleasing degree of privacy and good shelter from the wind which has been most unwelcome visitor in the past. Having the ‘July’ Camp in this excellent Camp Site will also please the many Campers who reveled in the ‘home comforts’ we enjoyed at the Centenary July Camp last year. Yet another attraction is that the Camp site is within very, very easy walking distance from the JULY CAMP sign-posted parking site, just before one gets to the Camp Office.

This will be a Base Camp with a difference! The “July” Camp will run from Friday 19th JUNE to Sunday 28th JUNE 2020 to fit in with the provincial school holidays. Although it will be taking place in June, we are still calling it ‘July’ Camp to avoid confusion and to maintain the tradition! Campers are most welcome to attend for the whole period, or for just a few days.

Discover more along with your application form in the attached brochure.
Please, diarise 19th June to 28th June for the July Camp. See you there!
For further details contact - Rikki Abbott Wedderburn on 082 538 5389
or email:

The application form and brochure can be downloaded below.

July Camp 2010 at Crystal Waters, Southern Berg.

Daniel Ryding,
22 Apr 2017, 09:06
Daniel Ryding,
20 Mar 2020, 08:12