WHAT IT’S LIKE TO HIKE UP TO INANKE CAVE
Walking the Inanke Cave Trail is a trip for the intrepid traveler who really wants to get off the beaten track.
This spectacular Matobo Hills Hike offers one of the best one-day treks in the world and has all the ingredients of a rugged adventure.
The Inanke trail starts and finishes at Toghwana Dam in the south of the Matobo Hills, whilst taking in the grandest, most majestic cave in all of Southern Africa.
This is a real trek, where you’ll truly be out in some of the most ravishing wilderness Zimbabwe has to offer.
Inanke Cave is the highlight of the trail that is littered with historic sites. Along the route of the hike are several rock paintings and an Iron Age furnace.
When hiking the Inanke trail – it’s important to be realistic about your physical abilities.
The walk is a 12km round trip through an untouched granite wilderness. It is for those with an adventurous spirit, who are in fairly good shape and want to hike for a longer period of time.
THE TRAIL OF LIFE
Hiking to Inanke Cave is a beautiful representation of life.
All of us want to reach a summit of some kind. We all have goals and visions for the future.
Everybody has a timeline in mind, and all we want is to reach the top. We can feel how amazing it will be when we reach that point of self-actualisation.
But Make no Mistake. The climb is hard.
On the trail, vast swathes of savanna and granite give way to magnificent rivers and wildlife.
The walk takes in such a varied array of scenes, from fresh, running streams and waterfalls, to thick dense jungle tracks that you almost need a machete to pass.
This trail will fill you with a pioneer spirit.
Firstly, you have to really want to get to Inanke. Even the road to get there will test your resolve but the payoff is worth it a thousand times over.
A THEATRE OF SCENES
The trail to the cave of Inanke begins with yellow arrows from the Toghwana Dam car park. However, if you have not been there before, it is easy to get lost as the arrows disappear at some points along the trek.
You can expect tall grass and thick bushes along your pathless wanderings towards the cave.
Inanke cave is very rarely visited because of it’s location. The majestic cave is carved high into a granite hillside and filled with Masterpieces of ancient bushman art.
Once inside, a granite rock canvas containing some of the worlds most remarkable rock art sits still and patiently in the cool of the cave.
The Cave is undeniably awe-inspiring, a breathtaking mural of ancient life in the Matobo Hills.
The paintings are said to range from about 2000 years to 13 000 years old.
This iconic cave allows you to marvel at the work of people from almost another epoch, it fills you with a sense of perspective and wonder all at once.