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Lake Phobane

Lake Phobane, formerly known as Goedertrouw Dam is located about fifteen kilometers north of Eshowe. Lake Phobane is the second largest dam in KwaZulu Natal and is supplied with water by seven rivers of which four flow throughout the entire year.

The construction of the dam on the uMhlatuze River was undertaken by the Department of Water Affairs more than 25 years with the goal of providing a constant water supply to Richards Bay's developing port and industrial complex. Lake Phobane is about fourteen kilometers long and and holds an impressive capacity of 300 million cubic meters. Shortly after the dam was built it held the title of the largest earth walled dam in the southern hemisphere.

The dam is located within the Umhlatuze Valley with the Mabelebele Mountain range serving as a magnificent backdrop. A number of varying habitats exist along the dam ,ranging from dry acacia scrub to tall mixed woodland, patches of riverine forest and mountainous terrain featuring massive cliffs up to three hundred feet high, which overlook the water. The dam consists mainly of open water as well as a few areas of quiet backwaters with lots of overhanging vegetation. Shallow rocky areas have formed, Where the seven rivers feed into the dam. For birdwatching at the dam, access to a boat is recommended, and can be launched from the parking area. Another option for visitors is to take a guided birding boat trip provided by Iphiva Bush Lodge. Lake Pobane is an excellent area for viewing Whitebacked Night Herons, African Finfoot, Halfcollared Kingfisher and good bushveld birds such as Gorgeous Bush Shrike.

The southern region of the dam is under the management of KZN Wildlife and is known as the Umhlatuze Community Conservation Area. A variety of wildlife has been reintroduced into the area including Giraffe, Kudu and Impala, and Waterbuck. Leopard have also been sighted there from time. From Iphiva Bush Lodge visitors can take advantage of a variety of hiking and canoe trails which cover most habitats.

Also to be found in the area is the popular and well known cultural village known as Shakaland. The village offers an informative introduction to Zulu culture and also provides hotel accommodation. Shakaland as as visitors can experience it today was used as a filming venue the 1980's TV series Shaka Zulu which portrayed the life of the Zulu ruler who lived there for a while.

Nearby Listings

Thornleys Guesthouse

Guest House Accommodation in Eshowe

1.6km South West of center of Lake Phobane

Thornleys Guesthouse is a majestic colonial home boasting an unrivaled view over the Dlinza Forest, which is synonomous with Eshowe, Zululand.

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Sleeps: 9 in 3 units/rooms

Chase Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Eshowe

1.7km South East of center of Lake Phobane

Chase Guest House is a traditional sugar farm homestead in a beautiful garden bordering Eshowe, offering country hospitality, healthy breakfasts and personal service. Relax in two spacious, up-market well-appointed double garden cottages

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Sleeps: 20 in 6 units/rooms
From R 550,00
Per unit, per night.

Sugar Hill Manor Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Eshowe

1.9km West of center of Lake Phobane

The moment you arrive at the Sugar Hill Manor Guesthouse in Eshowe you will feel welcome and at home. Set in a large, 100-year-old Victorian home with magnificent country views.

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A Kings View Boutique Guesthouse

Guest House Accommodation in Eshowe

2.6km South West of center of Lake Phobane

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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Sleeps: 6

Quintasol Accommodation & Birding

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Mtunzini

28.2km East of center of Lake Phobane

Enjoy our spacious private Bird Friendly 2 bedroomed self-catered accommodation in the heart of nature, surrounded by lush Indigenous trees & garden where we have an abundance bird life

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Sleeps: 8 in 2 units/rooms

Baton Rouge On Sea

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Mtunzini

28.7km East of center of Lake Phobane

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: 4
From R 350,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Raphia on Sea

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Mtunzini

28.7km East of center of Lake Phobane

Raphia on Sea is a lovely self contained apartment with a lounge and kitchen, 2 bedrooms one with a king size bed the other with 2 beds. Full cable/ DStv with aircon, fully serviced.

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One-On-Hely

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Mtunzini

28.8km East of center of Lake Phobane

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.

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Sleeps: 10 in 2 units/rooms

Tree Top Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Mtunzini

28.8km East of center of Lake Phobane

A three bedroom, second floor self catering cottage in a garden in Mtunzini. The cottage is an independent unit away from the main house. The spacious cottage sleeps eight

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Sleeps: 88 in 22 units/rooms
From R 1 095,00
Per unit, per night.

Mtunzini Forest Lodge

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Mtunzini

29.0km East of center of Lake Phobane

The lodge boasts 22 beautifully constructed wooden chalets. Each chalet is fully equipped for 3 to 5 people, some with a loft room for the children, and each offers a private sundeck with a barbeque area. A large sparkling swimming pool and ...