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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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Zeekoepan River Lodge & Chalets

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Magudu

ZEEKOEPAN River Lodge & the Chalets is situated within a network of Big 5 properties and offer the ONLY SELF-CATERING facility within this larger Big 5 area. The Lodge and Chalets are situated on the banks of the picturesque Mkuze River.

Via Lalicia 11

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation 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 .

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.

From R 450,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Moya

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Hluhluwe

Moya is a private lodge situated with Kuleni Game Reserve, a securely fenced park 17 kilometres from Hluhluwe. It stands in 150 hectares of pristine, indigenous sand forest in the heart of the elephant coast, a conservancy area of unparalleled diversity.

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: 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.

Kosi Bay Nature Reserve

Holiday Resort Accommodation in Kosi Bay

The Kosi Bay Nature Reserve lies on the coast in the northern part of KwaZulu-Natal, and surrounds the unique and beautiful Kosi Bay lake system which is part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

From R 275,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Petra's Country Guesthouse

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Vryheid

Petras Country Guesthouse on The Farm Lekkerwater 10 Km from Vryheid in KZN. Durban 300Km Johannesburg 400 KM. Jersey Dairy & Nguni Beef Cattle Farm.

Nkonkoni Tiger Fishing Camp

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Lake Jozini / Pongolapoort Dam

Nkonkoni is a fisherman's camp that dreams are made of. All the creature comforts one would ever need wrapped in the ruggedness of the unspoilt Maputaland bushveld, on the shores of Lake Pongola.

Graded:
Sleeps: 35 in 12 units/rooms
From R 300,00
Per person, per night sharing.

La Rochelle Inn

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Richards Bay

Be welcome to relax in 9 elegant en-suite double rooms and 4 self-catering units, (1 6-sleeper and 3 4-sleepers) situated in a huge tropical garden full of birdlife around 2 swimming pools. DStv, aircon, internet connection, desks in rooms, full...

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Ezulwini Game Lodge

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Hluhluwe

Comfortable overnight facilities are available at Ezulwini Lodge, and there are choices between either one of six self-catering units detailed under the Rates section below. Breakfast and dinner are being served in a central kitchen-lapa.

Graded:
Sleeps: 12 in 3 units/rooms
From R 795,00
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

Graded:

Birds Of Paradise Bed & Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Eshowe

The cozy B&B is separate from the main house, each room having its own entrance. There are 8 comfortable double and 2 non smoking rooms.You can be assured of quality accommodation. We offer comfortable beds

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

Graded:

One-On-Hely

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Mtunzini

Mtunzini - A village blessed with a sub tropical climate offering stunning views over the Umlalazi Nature Reserve and the warm Indian Ocean is set in a Nature Conservancy and has no high rise buildings.

Graded:
Sleeps: 12 in 4 units/rooms
From R 495,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Afrikhaya Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation 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

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.

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.

Sleeps: 20 in 9 units/rooms
From R 350,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Aber Jetz B&B

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Pongola

Aber Jetz Guesthouse is situated in the small town Pongola, on the main rout N2. 4 hrs drive from Johannesburg and 3 and a half hrs drive from Durban. An ideal overnight stop for travellers to the Northern Natal coastal areas and Mozambique.

Sleeps: 5
From R 400,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Lai-La Log Cabins

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in St Lucia

Lai-La Log cabins is a rustic peaceful experience; offering our guests 6 x 2 two bedroom self catering wooden log cabins with braai area.