Just a couple of kilometres beyond the Durban suburb of Hillcrest, within the Valley of a Thousand Hills, you can drive straight into South Africa sporting and viewing history at Inanda Dam and Resort. This spot has become legendary as the compulsory second overnight stop on the Dusi Canoe Marathon, a thrilling fixture here for six good decades.

Inanda Dam & Resort, formerly known as Mahlabathini Park is a 30 ha park situated along the Southern shores of Inanda Dam in the Kwangcolosi area.

It was originally called Peninsular Park in its concept form. At the opening of the Resort in 1995, Nkosi Bhengu requested that we use Mahlabathini as the name for the resort. Mahlabathini means “place of sand”. This then changed to Inanda Resources Reserve which eventually became Inanda Dam & Resort.


The dam is situated in the eThekwini Outer West Municipality area and is located in the Valley of a 1000 hills. Inanda Dam & Resort is located in an area known as Kwangcolosi 24 km from Hillcrest and 42 km from Durban. The dam wall is situated at GPS coordinates: South 29° 42’38.88”, East 30° 52’12”. Mahlabathini Park which Msinsi manages is situated between GPS coordinates: South 29° 40’49.01”, East 30° 51’ 26” and South 29° 40’13.11”, East 30° 50’ 50.35”.

The dam wall was built across the Umgeni river source which flows in a NW to SE direction towards Durban. The river enters the sea at the Blue Lagoon located north of Durban. Blue Lagoon is approximately 30 km downstream from the dam wall.

The region is very mountainous. Mahlabathini Park is 3.9 km NW of the dam wall on the southern shoreline. The Park was established on fairly flat land ranging between 150 & 166 meters above sea level. The dam is surrounded by hills. Nanda Mountain is found on the northern side of the dam rising up to 690 m and on the southern side, hills rise up to 600 meters in the Crestholme suburb.

Ownership and Management 

Inanda Dam is owned by the DWS who has appointed UW to manage the bulk water which is supplied to the local eThekwini Municipality.


Inanda Dam & Resort is 42 km from Durban and 24 km from its surrounding Hillcrest suburbs. It is a destination where the public can visit for the day or stay overnight camping or make use of one of the four luxury tented accommodation.

There are 40 electric campsites and enough room for a further 200 campers with non- electric point. All facilities are self-catering.

Security officers patrol the area during the night and field staff during the day.
Inanda Dam & Resort is the second overnight stop for the well-known Duzi canoe marathon normally held mid-February. It has been a venue for various musical events.

The Inanda Dam Bass Classic fishing competition has been running since 1998 when they first started.

The dam provides a range of water sport activities on the 1, 469 hectares of water surface ranging from boating, canoeing, jet skiing, yachting and fishing. There are four slipways from which craft owners could launch their craft onto the dam.

Braai & jungle gym facilities are found throughout the Resort catering for the day visitor as well as the person staying overnight. Clean toilets & ablutions are supplied and serviced
There are 24 secure enclosed boat lockers that are hired out to customers who may store their boat, trailer or caravan.
There is also a secure fenced off area where 30 customers may store their boat, trailer or caravan.

The Resort has a nature trail that meanders through 25 ha’s of natural bush veldt consisting of woodlands & grasslands. Zebra & grey duiker can be seen as well as many species of bird life. Listen to the sound of the Fish Eagle early in the morning or late in the evening.
Take a scenic drive up to the top of Nanda hill where you can get a kaleidoscope view of the whole dam or if you feel the need to shop, visit Link hills shopping mall just 14 km South of the Resort.


There is a gate house, which is the first point of access control into the Resort. To the West of the gate house is the Reception & Managers office. The boat lockers are found behind the reception. The day visitor area has facilities, which consist of six female & six male toilets; Camp attendants on a daily basis service these.

There are 40 individually demarcated campsites which have electric plug points. There is enough open campsites without electric plug points to accommodate at least 200 more campers. The campsite have four ablutions: two with electricity geysers and two with gas geysers.

A kitchen lapa is situated by campsite 11 with its own electric geyser. Campers wash their dishes in this facility. There is a further ablution opposite campsite 32. This is a thatched ablution uses electric geysers. There are two electric geysers each in the male & female side. A ladies & gents toilet facility is found in the none-electric camp site. There are four luxury tented accommodation. Each has their own kitchen and bathroom consisting of a shower, toilet & basin. There are four single beds in each tent in one room with en-suite bathroom.

The kitchen is outside on the patio of the main room is an open plan to look over the dam and can be closed off if the weather is unfavourable. Camp attendants on a daily basis service these four tents.
There are four slipways for craft owners to launch their crafts. Three of these are found in the day visitor area and one in the campsite area.

Two Jungle gyms can be found at the Resort. One in the campsite & the other in the day visitor area. There are braai facilities supplied throughout. Craft or caravan owners have a choice of hiring a secure open space parking area (30) or if available one of the 24 closed lockers. The Resort is ideal for nature & outdoor lovers, fishermen and outdoor event organizers.

A demarcated Jet Ski area on the West side of the Resort next to the vegetable garden area is currently being developed. Only Jet Ski craft will be able to use the Breeze Block bay for their craft.

Staff accommodation consists of two mobile homes (one 2 bedroom for the Reserve Manager and a one bedroom for the Corporal Supervisor for Operations) and single staff quarters to accommodate 8 employees.

A container has been converted into a storeroom for Operation garden tools equipment. Two other containers are used for storing equipment
There is also a chemical store where chemicals & fuel are kept separate to all other equipment.
There is workshop building with two store-rooms and linen room attached to it.

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