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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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From R 400,00
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Umziki Chalets

Self Catering Rooms With Communal Kitchen in Mkuze

There are seven thatched chalets with two, three and four bed options, accommodating up to 23 guests. All the chalets are air-conditioned and have en-suite bathrooms. Linen, cutlery, crockery and domestic services are all provided. A central ...

From R 510,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Villa Beryl Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Vryheid

Villa Beryl Guesthouse, is your home away from home. It is one of Vryheid's surviving classic old South African homes, with its sandstone foundations, Oregon pine floors, high ceilings and wide verandahs.

Sleeps: 38 in 18 units/rooms
From R 450,00
Per unit, per night.

Biweda Nguni Guest Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Mkuze

Our b&b lodge has 10 rooms, consisting of a suite, a 2 bedroom family unit, 4 units with double beds, 4 units with 2 single beds. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, TV's with DSTV and air conditioners.

Sleeps: 22 in 4 units/rooms
From R 255,00
Per person, per night sharing.

St Lucia Wilds

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in St Lucia

We offer self-catering holiday accommodation, with owner family living on property. Units are standard, comfortable, no-nonsense, very well equipped, clean and neat. We have 3 joined apartment units and 1 affordable (budget type) flatlet unit.

Pongola Tropical

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Pongola

Accommodation includes morning tea / coffee and traditional South African rusks. For the outdoor enthusiasts, Pongola Tropical offers braai facilities, where travelers can sit back around a roaring fire and enjoy peace and tranquility

Sleeps: 28 in 9 units/rooms
From R 100,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Tattenham Resort

Self Catering Rooms With Communal Kitchen in Gingindlovu

The log cabins and A-frames are situated next to a beautiful dam and island. Ideal for families and friends to gather and enjoy real farm life away from the city. There is plenty to do for young and old including fishing, swimming, canoeing...

Elephant Lake Inn

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in St Lucia

The Elephant Lake Inn is located in the town of St Lucia, Kwa Zulu Natal, surrounded by the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa's first World Heritage Site. St Lucia is 25km from the main N2 route between Durban and Swaziland.


Marula Place

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Riverview

The 6 en-suite rooms each have their own entrance to an enormous sub-tropical garden to ensure your privacy; have air-conditioning, bar-fridge and hospitality trays. Your hosts, Pete and Eone offer such hospitality and friendship that Marula Place..

Sleeps: 8
From R 950,00
Per unit, per night.

La Dolce Vita No. 1

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in St Lucia

Come to St Lucia, in KwaZulu Natal and find out what the "sweet life" is all about. Tastefully decorated 3 bedroom cottage/self catering, sleeps 8 /fully equipped. Welcome to La Dolce Vita No.1!

From R 655,00
Per unit, per night.

Crayfish Creek Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Meerensee

Crayfish Creek Guest House is situated in Richards Bay on the North Coast of KwaZulu Natal, approximately 200 km north of Durban. It is a well located guest house with quiet surroundings and close to the main roads, beaches, shopping centers, lake, fores

Sleeps: 264 in 16 units/rooms
From R 710,00
Per unit, per night.

Villa Prince Imperial

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Vryheid

At the foot of Lancaster Hill, set in a one acre park, our Guest House can accommodate 17 guests. Days can be spent lazily sunbathing in the garden. Children are welcome and our park is a safe place for them to play.

Sodwana Bay Resort

Holiday Resort Accommodation in Sodwana Bay

With its many exciting coral reefs and outstanding climate, Sodwana Bay has distinguished itself as one of the premier sport diving destinations in the world.

From R 1 200,00
Per unit, per night.

Villa Village Way 4

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Richards Bay

Village Way 4 is a luxury house situated on Mzingazi Golf Estate in Richards Bay. Your stay with us will be very special, affordable and value for money.

57 Pelican Street

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in St Lucia

The house consists of 4 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms. The house is fully air conditioned - the main bedroom is air conditioned, ceiling fan, en-suite with a queen bed, bedroom 2 has a queen bed with air-con.

Sleeps: 8
From R 3 000,00
Per unit, per night.


Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Hluhluwe

Thornwood offers luxury accommodation for up to 8 people in a self-catering, fully serviced, upmarket lodge. A unique blend of luxury timber frame units, fit seamlessly into the surrounding bush

From R 300,00
Per unit, per night.

Dweba Lapa

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Pongola

DWEBA LAPA consists of 4 self-catering chalets, communal lapa with braai area and swimming pool. The chalets sleep 26 people in total. (6, 6, 6, and 8)

Zini Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Mtunzini

This tastefully decorated 2 bedroom, 1full suite cottage is very spacious and idea as a family unit, it offers many comforts including : Sea view, Dstv, Air conditioning, over head fans

Sleeps: 46 in 21 units/rooms
From R 699,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Gooderson DumaZulu Lodge

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Hluhluwe

Guests can enjoy an unrivalled ethnic experience by staying in DumaZulu Lodge which consists of ethnic units resembling the different tribes of Southern Africa on the exterior while the interior is modern and tastefully decorated in ethnic fabrics

Sleeps: 8 in 3 units/rooms
From R 400,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Hillside Farm

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Paulpietersburg

Butterfly Cottage, has a scenic view overlooking a farm dam, teeming with bird life. See buck and guinea fowl grazing approximately 100m from the cottage. Our Cottage is ideal for a family of four. It has a bathroom leading off the main bedroom ...

Sleeps: 18 in 8 units/rooms

Kosi Forest Lodge

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Kosi Bay

Tucked into tranquil sand forests on the Kosi Lake system, is an unspoilt wilderness lodge - part of the St Lucia World Heritage Park. Enjoy guided canoeing, boat trips on the lakes and raffia forest walks. One SA's best eco-tourism destinations.