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Zululand & Maputaland

Covering about a quarter of KwaZulu Natal, the region known as Zululand / Maputaland draws it's lifeblood from the network of waterways and rivers that etch their way from the towering peaks of the KwaZulu Natal Drakensberg Mountains on the south western boundary, across the heart of Zululand to the shores of the Indian Ocean. In the north east the Zululand / Maputoland region is bordered by Mozambique and Swaziland.

The largest Zululand river is the Tugela River. In it's long, winding journey from the Drakensberg Mountains to the Indian Ocean, the Tugela River leads the traveller through a destination set apart by the Majestic Drakensberg Mountains, the Big Five found in the world renown Zululand game reserves of Umfolozi Game Reserve, Hluhluwe Game Reserve, Phinda Game Reserve, Mkuze Game Reserve, Itala Game Reserve and the internationally famous Wetlands of Lake St Lucia (a world heritage site)

Zululand / Maputaland Culture

Witness Zulu Dancing and a traditional Zulu healer communing with the spirits.
Visit an authentic Zulu village and overnight in a traditional beehive hut and learn how this proud nation and it's culture is still much a part of life in Zululand (Maputaland) today.
Many Zulu families earn their living by performing Zulu dancing, making and marketing beautiful baskets, carvings and intricate Zulu bead work - these are sold at roadside stalls. Zulu cultural villages offer visitors the opportunity to experience the authentic culture of the Zulu people, their customs and the Zulu way of life. This is Zululand (Maputaland) the home of The Zulu - The people of heaven.

Zululand / Maputaland activities and Zululand Birdlife

For the energetic there are hiking trails and wilderness rides on horseback as well as snorkling, scuba diving some of the best coral reefs in Africa. In addition, bird trails, canoe safaris and off road adventures for the 4x4 enthusiasts are popular Zululand activities. More than 400 species of bird have been recorded including the rare Pel's fishing owl. It is also home to South Africa's only breeding population of pinkbacked pelicans.

Near to Tembe Elephant Park and only about 2kms from the Mozambique border, in the north eastern corner of KwaZulu-Natal, lies Kosi Bay, one of nature's last frontiers. It is in fact an estuary, combining a chain of lakes, marshes and swamp forests that stretch for 18kms. Teeming with fish, it is popular for surf angling, fly-fishing and boat fishing. There is abundant birdlife and it is home to the rare Palm Nut Vulture and breeding place of the Loggerhead and Leatherback turtles. Palm Nut Vultures are spotted more frequently in the town of Mtunzini.

Zululand / Maputaland wildlife

Imagine the thrill of game viewing the big 5 (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino) from an open safari vehicle.
In addition, you can opt for self-drive visits or guided tours to the numerous Zululand game reserves, world heritage sites and wildlife attractions.
The oldest inhabitants of Zululand are reed buck, bush buck, nyala, impala, water buck, grey duiker, red duiker, warthog, kudu and blue wildebees.

Due to the strong conservation ethics, Zululand / Maputaland is home to the worlds largest concentration of white rhino. One of the most exciting achievements has been to save the white rhino and black rhino from extinction. Elephant, giraffe and zebra abound throughout Zululand whilst the reintroduction of lion has resulted in a healthy lion population in Umfolozt Game Reserve. The occasional cheetah can also be spotted.

Further north, smaller game reserves can be found. These include the Pongola Game Reserve, sanctuary to a large variety of wildlife species which include giraffe, hyena, leopard and buffalo, to name but a few. On the border of Mozambique lies Ndumo Game Reserve where rhino, giraffe, warthog, zebra, kudu, nyala and impala are found. Adjacent to this is the Tembe Elephant Park. As the name suggests, this park is home to a herd of elephants that originated from Mozambique. These Zululand elephants were left to freely migrate back and forth over the border. However, due to poaching, they have since been fenced in at the Tembe Elephant Park.

The Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, where thousands of migrating flamingos flock, and one of nature's marvels, totals half the estuary area in South Africa. A visit to this land of Zululand lakes, dunes, pelicans crocodiles and hippos is an experience to be cherished forever. At Sodwana Bay, Cape Vidal, Kosi Bay and Lake Sibaya, angling, fishing and scuba diving are the main attractions.
Here five ecosystems - ranging through rivers, lakes, freshwater pans, mangrove forests, reed and sedge swamps, water grasslands, coastal dunes and rocky barrier reefs - are proving to be a compelling draw card for those who yearn for the real African experience. To the west of Lake St Lucia, lies False Bay unique for its abundance of marine fossils and ammonites.

Zululand / Maputaland accommodation

Accommodation in Zululand / Maputaland varies from luxury game lodges to rustic tree top hideaways and tented beach camps and from Zulu beehive huts to beachfront cottages. And whilst the type of Zululand accommodation might differ, the Zululand hospitality you receive is always warm and friendly.
Zululand Accommodation in Zulu cultural beehive huts has proven to be a favourite amongst foreign tourists. Although the appearance of the beehive hut accommodation seems to be rustic (from the outside) some Zululand lodges are 4 and 5 star graded and pretty luxurious. Bushlands Game Lodge focuses much attention on giving their guests the ultimate Zulu cultural experience. The author has personally stayed at Bushlands Game lodge and rate it as one of her favourite Zululand hotels / Zululand game lodges.

Lake Sibaya accommodation - The actual Lake Sibaya is not located on the beach, but is a popular inland destination. Accommodation at Thonga Bush Lodge which is on the Zululand dunes and only a few km from Lake Sibaya is a favourite and certainly worth investigating. Thonga Bush Lodge forms a part of The Isibindi Hotel stable.

Bask in the therapeutic atmosphere and enjoy the comforts of well appointed Zululand hotels and cosy Zululand bush lodges. Zululand resorts offer a wealth of activities. Wilderness trails, bush camps, exclusive game lodges, game drives and hunting safaris offer visitors a close and unforgettable encounter with nature.
Zululand / Maputaland is a unique experience - Discover it for yourself.

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Sunset Lodge

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in St Lucia

We are self catering luxury log cabins with air conditioning. We have 4 chalets that sleeps four people, 1 five sleeper and 1 two sleeper. There is a microwave, fridge with freezer, kettle, toaster and hob in each chalet. There is one bathroom in ...

Ingwenya Lodge

Self Catering Apartment/ Flat Accommodation in St Lucia

The Lodge's name "Ingwenya" derives from the Zulu word for crocodile. It was quite logical to choose a name for our lodge indigenous to Zululand, in this first world heritage site of South Africa.

71 Waterbessie

Self Catering Apartment/ Flat Accommodation in Richards Bay

Waterbessie no 71 is a secure duplex unit on Kitefish road in Meerensee, there are 24Hr security guards on the property, and there is a communal pool. It is within a kilometre to the beach Alkantstrand, the Richards bay Ski boat club .

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Afrikhaya Guest House

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge in St Lucia

All our 4 spacious guestrooms have a private entrance and terrace; the uniqueness of the design and layout provide guest convenience and privacy. We offer 2 rondavel styled rooms in front of the house with en-suite bathroom

Janet's Ukuthula Bed & Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge in Mtubatuba

For overseas tourist our chalets are ideal providing a welcomed "Home from Home" resting place. We book the usual Game Reserve and beach excursions and could fill your holidays with exciting African experiences to remember (beach umbrellas, mats, ...

Sleeps: 12 in 6 units/rooms
From R 525,00
Per person, per night sharing.

The Sunbird Guesthouse & Events Venue

Groups - Catered Accommodation in Gingindlovu

Break away from everyday life or take a break while on a business trip and sleep over in our tranquil country surroundings. The Sunbird is centrally located in Zululand between Durban, Eshowe, Mtunzini and Richards Bay. We offer tranquillity, spectacular

Shayamanzi Houseboat

House Boat/Floating Chalet Accommodation in Lake Jozini / Pongolapoort Dam

Shayamanzi is an 80ft (24 meter), double pontoon, luxurious houseboat. Cruising in style at 8 knots, Shayamanzi passengers enjoy different anchorages each evening. Deckhands ensure your cabins are clean, your meals are served, and will also take ...

Sleeps: 11 in 4 units/rooms
From R 450,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Annas' Bed & Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge in St Lucia

All four bright rooms are comfortable and homely with tea, filter coffee and mineral water available in each room together with wall safe, mosquito nets, plug adaptors and hair drier. They are all air conditioned with private en-suite

Sleeps: 21 in 7 units/rooms
From R 375,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Zululand Country Lodge

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge in Mtunzini

We offer 7 Upmarket En Suite Bedrooms. Percale Linen. Air-conditioned Rooms. One Acre Garden. Safe Secure Parking. Swimming Pool. Braai Area with Large 3.5m braai stand. Nestle in indigenous bush under several 11 m high 75 year old giant trees.

Intibane Lodge

Game Reserve Accommodation in Ulundi

At Intibane Lodge we have 6 beautifully structured self catering units, each accommodating 4 people. Each chalet is just like a home away from home, offering you a comfortable overnight stay. All of the chalets are fully furnished and identical

Umziki Pan

Bush Lodge (Self Catering) (GAME NEARBY) in Hluhluwe

Umziki is the Zulu name for the common Reedbuck which occur on this 80ha Natural Heritage Site (no.67) The property has been awarded this prestigious status due to the presence of pristine sand forest habitat and associated endemic plants.

Graded:
Sleeps: 174 in 57 units/rooms
From R 750,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Gooderson Natal Spa Hot Springs & Leisure Resort

Hotel/ Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Paulpietersburg

Facilities in the hotel include an airy dining room and terrace offering lovely views of the garden and pool areas. Buffet breakfasts and dinners as well as a la carte dinners are served

Graded:
Sleeps: 7 in 2 units/rooms

Raptor's Rest Bed & Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge in Empangeni

All eight bedrooms have their own unique style and feel. Each with their own entrance from the garden is extremely comfortable with remote air conditioning and television and everything else the Tourism Grading Council of S.A. deems essential for ...

Via Lalicia 11

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Richards Bay

Via Lalicia 11 is a luxury fully air-conditioned and secured townhouse . . Three bedrooms , 2 bathrooms and double garage. Open living area. Wheelchair-friendly .

uMkhuze Game Reserve

Holiday Resort Accommodation in St Lucia Wetlands

Mkhuze Game Reserve is situated in Northern Zululand, roughly 335 km from Durban. The reserve was established on 15 February 1912 and is 40 000 ha in extent. Today it forms part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

Maphelane Resort

Holiday Resort Accommodation in Maphelane

Maphelane is situated on the south bank of the Mfolozi river mouth. It is the southernmost camp in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. There are 10 five-bedded, fully-equipped log cabins. There are 40 camp and caravan sites, with modern ablution blocks availab

Sleeps: 51 in 11 units/rooms

Lake St Lucia Villas

Self Catering Apartment/ Flat Accommodation in St Lucia

These very luxurious, upmarket and spacious 2 and 3 bedroom apartments offer apartments on ground level, 2nd floor and duplex, ceiling fans, en-suite bathroom for each bedroom, open plan lounge, dining room and kitchen, lounge offers colour TV ...

Jetspark 16

Self Catering Apartment/ Flat Accommodation in Richards Bay

Sleeps 4 people. You will be surprised and will enjoy your stay with us. This is very special accomodation and you will get value for money.

Kosi Bay Lodge (Pty) Ltd

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Kosi Bay

Two, four, six and eight bedded (sharing) rustic lodges and chalets are comfortably appointed. Structures consist of thatched roofs, treated poles, wooden floors on stilts and reed walls - typically Tsonga/Zulu style. Full or self catered options.

Sleeps: 24 in 11 units/rooms
From R 1 050,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Umkhumbi Lodge

Bush Lodges (Catered) (GAME NEARBY) in Hluhluwe

The lodge has been sensitively built into pristine African sandforest, carefully preserving this fragile ecology. The focus is on conservation through education and environmental awareness.