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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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Dweba Lapa

Self Catering Chalet/ Townhouse 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)

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Sleeps: 28 in 11 units/rooms
From R 750,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Umlilo Lodge

Bush Lodges (Catered) (GAME NEARBY) 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...

From R 325,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Monzi Country Cottage

Self Catering House / Cottage in Monzi

Monzi Country Cottage is a delightful, spacious, self-catering cottage set in a tropical garden in the farming village of Monzi. The cottage has two en-suite bedrooms, lounge

Dlinza Forest Accommodation

Self Catering House / Cottage 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.

Sleeps: 30 in 3 units/rooms
From R 295,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Shengeza Lake Lodge

Bush Lodges (Catered) (GAME NEARBY) 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.

71 Waterbessie

Self Catering Apartment/ Flat Accommodation in Richards Bay

Waterbessie no 71 is a secure duplex unit on Kitefish road in Meerensee, there are 24Hr security guards on the property, and there is a communal pool. It is within a kilometre to the beach Alkantstrand, the Richards bay Ski boat club .

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Marula Place

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast 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..

Nkonkoni Tiger Fishing Camp

Bush Lodge (Self Catering) (GAME NEARBY) 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.

42 The Bridge

Self Catering Apartment/ Flat 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 ...

St. Lucia Holiday Cottage

Self Catering House / Cottage in St Lucia

St. Lucia Holiday Cottage is in a quiet garden overlooking the St Lucia Wetlands with a seaview. It is a comfortable family home, with three bedrooms able to sleeps nine people.

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

Owl's Inn B&B

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast in Kwambonambi

Owl's Inn Bed & Breakfast is situated a stone's throw off the N2 at Kwambonambi, a tranquil village only 22km North of Richards Bay and Empangeni. Your home away from home is set in spacious gardens shaded by old indigenous trees. Your hosts, Ian and Re

From R 440,00
Per unit, per night.

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 700,00
Per unit, per night.

Ingwenya Lodge

Self Catering Apartment/ Flat Accommodation in St Lucia

The Lodge's name "Ingwenya" derives from the Zulu word for crocodile. It was quite logical to choose a name for our lodge indigenous to Zululand, in this first world heritage site of South Africa.

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

Seaview Lodge B&B

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast in Mtunzini

Own Entrance with off street parking. This is the larger of the rooms which has a small sitting area and a full bathroom with Corner Bath and Shower. Bed is King Size and we can convert this room into Twin Beds.

From R 655,00
Per unit, per night.

Crayfish Creek Guest House

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast 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: 29 in 11 units/rooms

Amangwane Camp

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast in Kosi Bay

The camp is run off of solar power. Each unit has a solarpowered USB charger to provide charging of cameras, phones and other USB devices. We provide comfortable beds and linen etc, but we ask that you bring your own toiletries and beach towel.

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Sleeps: 48 in 12 units/rooms
From R 1 395,00
Per unit, per night.

Natal Spa Hot Springs & Leisure Resort Timeshare

Self Catering House / Cottage in Paulpietersburg

Escape to a rejuvenating oasis at Natal Spa Hot Springs & Leisure Resort, situated on the road between Vryheid and Paulpietersburg on the Battlefields Route.

Sleeps: 32 in 15 units/rooms

uMuzi Bushcamp

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast in Ulundi

Offering comfortable accommodation, seven of the huts have ensuite shower and toilets while the rest share modern ablution facilities. Every hut is en-suite, has twin single beds, overhead fan, TV (local channels and shared satellite dish) and ...

From R 80,00
Per person, per night sharing.

uMkhuze Game Reserve

Holiday Resort Accommodation in St Lucia Wetlands

Mkhuze Game Reserve is situated in Northern Zululand, roughly 335 km from Durban. The reserve was established on 15 February 1912 and is 40 000 ha in extent. Today it forms part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

From R 400,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Umziki Chalets

Self Catering 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 ...