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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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Ghost Mountain Inn

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Mkuze

Situated in Mkuze near the historical & legendary Ghost Mountain, this 4 Star Country Inn with its welcoming hospitality is central to many game and coastal reserves. Enjoy a variety of Game and Cultural safaris or relax with a pampering Spa treatment

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From R 499,50
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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.

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Sleeps: 46 in 21 units/rooms

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

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Sleeps: 13 in 2 units/rooms
From R 750,00
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Pivaansbad

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Paulpietersburg

Pivaansbad is a unique hide-away for nature lovers. It offers the winning combination of experiencing day to day farm activities and being one with nature. The farm is situated between Vryheid and Paulpietersburg and borders against the Bivaan River oppos

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From R 395,00
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A Kings View Boutique Guesthouse

Guest House Accommodation in Eshowe

A Kings View Boutique Guesthouse stands majestically overlooking natural forest, ambling hills and the Indian Ocean in the distance. Stunning panoramic views fit for royalty. First-of-its-kind in Eshowe, our Guesthouse is Boutique in every sense of the wo

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Ithala Game Reserve

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Vryheid

Ithala Game Reserve offers a fascinating variety of terrain, habitats, mammals, birds and trees.

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Sleeps: 34 in 17 units/rooms

Gooderson Bushlands Game Lodge

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Hluhluwe

Bushlands Game Lodge is centrally situated in Zululand and surrounded by 300 000 acres of National Parks, including Hluhluwe/Umfolozi, Mkuzi, Nduma, Sodwana Bay and St. Lucia.

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Sleeps: 158 in 10 units/rooms

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.

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From R 450,00
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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 ...

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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.

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Sleeps: 16 in 6 units/rooms
From R 450,00
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Lalapanzi Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in St Lucia

This old Victorian house has six comfortable rooms with air-con, tea/coffee trays, ceiling fans, fridges & hairdryers. All rooms are en-suite with bath/shower or both.

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Sleeps: 6
From R 1 000,00
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The Fish and Foxtail

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Richards Bay

It consists of 2 bedrooms (Main - double bed, walk-in dresser and m.e.s. and second bedroom with two single beds), Bathroom, Kitchen with pantry and scullery, TV Lounge (DSTV), Verandah with spa bath, Loft and large timber deck balcony

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From R 750,00
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The Hatchery

Self Catering Rooms With Communal Kitchen in Amatikulu Beach

The hatchery is an ex-prawn hatchery - right on the lagoon overlooking Casuarina island and the Amatikulu beach and game reserve. It is a different kind of place - the pump house, artemia and maturation rooms.

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Sleeps: 19 in 6 units/rooms

African Spirit Game Lodge

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Mkuze

African Spirit Game Lodge, situated 12 km's west of Mkuze, invites guests to experience true luxury and warm African hospitality. The lodge is personally managed by the owners.

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Sleeps: 174 in 57 units/rooms

Gooderson Natal Spa Hot Springs Resort & Self Catering

Holiday Resort 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

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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.

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From R 796,00
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Mtonjaneni Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Melmoth

The Log cabins well positioned andcomfortably furnished are an attraction of their own.They support 2 identical en-suite units (own bathroom facility) per room (19 rooms, sleeps 38 people.) Each bedroom has:coffee &tea-making facility...

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Anew Hotel Hluhluwe & Safaris

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Hluhluwe

Set in the magnificent Elephant Coast, near South Africa’s oldest Game Reserve, the 3-star Anew Hotel Hluhluwe & Safaris, is the ultimate South African holiday destination.

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Sleeps: 20 in 4 units/rooms
From R 345,00
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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.

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From R 1 200,00
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The Bridge 47

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in St Lucia

Fully equipped and serviced self catering 3 bedroom flat situated on the bank of the Lake St. Lucia estuary. The flat is situated on the 2nd floor of this up-market complex. It can sleep up to 6 people and it is equipped with DStv (bring own card)...

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