Zululand & Maputaland

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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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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From R 950,00
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Lidiko Lodge

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in St Lucia

Lidiko Lodge is a TGCSA 4 STAR lodge situated in the village of St Lucia, Zululand, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, surrounded by the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park ("iSimangaliso Wetland Park"), an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Sleeps: 24 in 12 units/rooms
From R 2 375,00
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Shayamanzi Houseboats

House Boat Accommodation in Lake Jozini / Pongolapoort Dam

Experience the only Game Viewing and Tiger Fishing Houseboats in South Africa on one of its largest dams, Lake Jozini (aka Pongolapoort Lake), on the KwaZulu- Natal North Coast, 3.5 hrs drive from King Shaka International Airport, north of Durban..

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Flamboyant Self Catering Holiday Flats

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in St Lucia

St Lucia, home to Flamboyant Self Catering Holiday Flats and South Africa's first and largest Natural World Heritage Site, iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Situated on the main street in St Lucia, McKenzie Street. We are in walking distance to all shops, rest

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Sleeps: 12 in 4 units/rooms

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

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Sleeps: 24 in 9 units/rooms
From R 1 000,00
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Umkhumbi Lodge

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation 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.

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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: 17 in 6 units/rooms
From R 750,00
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St Lucia Wetlands Bed & Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in St Lucia

St. Lucia Wetlands B&B is an owner-hosted accommodation establishment which features six spacious bedrooms, including one family unit and honeymoon suite. Most bedrooms have private patios and our en-suite, double-, twin- and single bedrooms are ...

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Mtonjaneni Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Melmoth

Our beautifully furnished en-suite rooms offer the perfect countryside stay. We have 26 en-suite rooms & can easily accommodate 55 guests if sharing. 3 of our classic rooms have the potential to be converted to family-friendly rooms upon request.

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Sleeps: 18 in 5 units/rooms

Penbi Game Ranch

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Vryheid

Come and relax in luxury at one of the few undiscovered gems of Northern KwaZulu Natal. Conveniently situated 30km north of Vryheid and only 3km from the tarred Vryheid/Paulpietersburg main road. Penbi Game Ranch will reward you with a unique ...

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Raptor's Rest Bed & Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation 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 ...

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Sleeps: 12 in 5 units/rooms
From R 5 620,00
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Thonga Beach Lodge

Holiday Resort Accommodation in Mabibi, Lake Sibaya

This intimate, luxury 12 suite lodge is nestled on the pristine coast of Maputaland, Northern KwaZulu-Natal, within the Isimangaliso Wetland Park - an internationally recognized World Heritage Site. It's the ideal place to explore unspoilt, ...

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14 on 103 McKenzie

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in St Lucia

If you have a love of the outdoors or love to explore nature and a sense of adventure, St Lucia 14 on 103 McKenzie is the one for you! This 6 sleeper luxurious, self-catering, air-conditioned chalet is perfect for families looking for an active scenic hol

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Shonalanga Lodge

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in St Lucia

Welcome to Shonalanga Lodge St Lucia - South Africa. We are situated in the heart of St Lucia, a small town in the World Heritage Site. Shonalanga Lodge and Tours is within the proclaimed Greater St Lucia Wetland Park Reserve, the largest lake in Africa.

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Sleeps: 42 in 21 units/rooms
From R 1 420,00
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Sodwana Bay Lodge & Dive Resort

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Sodwana Bay

In the Heart of Maputaland, nestling behind the world's highest vegetated sand dunes about 5km from the sea, Sodwana Bay Lodge has been carefully designed to match the rustic, eco-oriented nature of the region.

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Sleeps: 28 in 11 units/rooms
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Umlilo Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in St Lucia

Our 11 en-suite bedrooms are air-conditioned and has got TV's, 11 DStv channels, Bar Fridges, Coffee & Tea facility, Hair Dryer, etc. to make your visit as comfortable as possible. The bathrooms have got baths and showers. 8 Bedrooms have 2 Single...

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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: 26 in 8 units/rooms
From R 550,00
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Ndiza Cabanas

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in St Lucia

Ndiza is a privately owned establishment committed to service and quality as well as dedicated personal attention while hosting guests in beautiful South Africa. You will leave Ndiza with cherished memories and experiences.

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Sleeps: 10
From R 120,00
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Shengeza Lake Lodge

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Kosi Bay

Situated in north eastern Kwa Zulu Natal on the shores of Lake Shengeza bordering Isimagaliso Wetland Park/Kosi Lakes. The natural beauty of the surroundings and the activities offered, make for an unforgettable experience.

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Sleeps: 7
From R 3 500,00
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Chumbi Bush House

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Hluhluwe

Situated within 'Kuleni Game Park' near Hluhluwe. This Multi award winning and affordable Chumbi Bush House is the perfect place to be at your most peaceful self.

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