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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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Sleeps: 18 in 7 units/rooms
From R 300,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Babbling Brook BnB

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Empangeni

We have 5 Double rooms, each fitted with remote controlled Aircons and TV's, which have 9 channels (5 DStv). A Tea/Coffee tray is supplied in each room. Four of the rooms have their own outside access and all rooms have en suite bathrooms.

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Sleeps: 12 in 3 units/rooms
From R 820,00
Per person, per night sharing.

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

Sleeps: 8
From R 2 500,00
Per unit, per night.

The Sweetest Spot

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in St Lucia

The Sweetest Spot is a beautiful, spacious, 4 bedroom self-catering house with two bathrooms en-suite and 1 guest bathroom. All bedrooms have queen size beds.

Sleeps: 6
From R 1 450,00
Per unit, per night.

42 The Bridge

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in St Lucia

Sleeping 6 people as follows (1 double bed and 4 single beds). A chest freezer is available, a DStv decoder and TV is provided (you need to bring your own smart card - limited availability from letting office on site), the complex is up market ...

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Sleeps: 12 in 6 units/rooms
From R 425,00
Per person, per night sharing.

InnZululand

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Eshowe

Inn Zululand guest house offers business and leisure accommodation in Eshowe providing guests with B & B and meals on request, comfortable rooms and quiet surroundings for work or relaxation.

Sleeps: 8 in 2 units/rooms

Baton Rouge On Sea

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Mtunzini

Baton Rouge on Sea is an elegantly furnished bed and breakfast. It is situated high on a residential ridge, with spectacular views of the nearby Indian Ocean and Umlalazi Lagoon which is nestled in lush coastal forests...

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Sleeps: 27 in 13 units/rooms

Dive Inn Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Pongola

Dive Inn is located in the sub-tropical town of Pongola, which is situated in the heart of the prosperous sugar cane plantations of Northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Toad Tree Cabins

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Sodwana Bay

Our Toad Tree Cabins provide a number of different accommodation options for couples and families - to suit your romantic needs or your family getaway. With a choice of 5 double cabins and 2 x 4, 6 or 8 sleeper family cottages Toad Tree Cabins...

Sleeps: 13 in 4 units/rooms
From R 540,00
Per unit, per night.

Ons Plekkie

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Richards Bay

Ons plekkie is a secure unit situated near the Airport, Boardwalk Shopping Mall, Bay Netcare Hospital and local Restaurants. About 10 minutes drive from the Main Beach, the Small Craft Harbour Restaurants, Yacht Club and Ski-boat Clubs.

Sleeps: 4
From R 700,00
Per unit, per night.

CATz n DADz

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Richards Bay

CATz n DADz is a one bedroom cottage with its own private motorised gate entrance. The property is safe and behind electric fencing with safe open parking next to the cottage.

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.

From R 350,00
Per unit, per night.

Xaxaza Caravan Park

Holiday Resort Accommodation in Mtunzini

Xaxaza Park is situated in the beautiful, tranquil, park-like village of Mtunzini on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast. Mtunzini means "Place of Shade" in isiZulu. We are far away from the city lights

Hlulala Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Hluhluwe

Hlulala Guest House, Hluhluwe in the heart of the Elephant Coast, an exciting tourist destination. This unique safari destination combines the best of both land and marine natural environments.

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AmaZulu Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in St Lucia

AmaZulu Lodge, an "all African lodge", completely thatched, offers you the best of The Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park. Built around a huge, tropical inner garden it is a top quality retreat in the St Lucia region

Sleeps: 84 in 10 units/rooms

A Forest View Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Eshowe

Uniquely designed and spacious B&B, relaxing atmosphere with non smoking en suite rooms overlooking the 250 ha indigenous Dilinza Forest, home to 132 tree species and more than 65 bird species. The evergreen parklike garden contributes to the ...

Dlinza Forest Accommodation

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Eshowe

There are 4 unique 4 sleeper, tastefully furnished self-catering, fully-equipped log cabins, set in a tranquil garden bordering the Dlinza Forest, where abundant bird life abounds.

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Sleeps: 18 in 6 units/rooms
From R 1 090,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Bushwillow Collection

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Hluhluwe

The luxury bedroom units are linked by wooden walkways to a central facility with furnishings that nurture the bushveld experience. The spacious lounge, kitchen, dining room and pool deck create an ambience of solitude

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

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

From R 750,00
Per unit, per night.

Via Cassiandra 3

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Richards Bay

Via Cassiandra 3 is a luxury fully air-conditioned, secured unit situated in near the Boardwalk Shopping Mall & Bay Hospital. Only 5 minutes drive from harbour, Alkant Beach & Richardsbay Ski-boat club.