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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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Triton Dive Lodge

Caravan or Camping Accommodation in Sodwana Bay

At Triton we offer all levels of scuba diver training from junior diver to advanced trimix diver and instructor courses plus all the different speciality courses and our instructors are certified with both the CMAS and PADI agencies.

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Sleeps: 7
From R 1 750,00
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St. Lucia Holiday Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in St Lucia

St Lucia Holiday Cottage is your best choice accommodation for visiting St Lucia. Our property borders the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, offering premium views of both sea and lake. Our private holiday home is pure paradise. It is uniquely located...

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Sleeps: 16 in 6 units/rooms
From R 450,00
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Lalapanzi Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in St Lucia

This old Victorian house has six comfortable rooms with air-con, tea/coffee trays, ceiling fans, fridges & hairdryers. All rooms are en-suite with bath/shower or both.

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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.

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Sleeps: 20 in 4 units/rooms
From R 345,00
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St Lucia Wilds

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in St Lucia

We offer self-catering holiday accommodation, with owner family living on property. Units are standard, comfortable, no-nonsense, very well equipped, clean and neat. We have 3 joined apartment units and 1 affordable (budget type) flatlet unit.

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From R 490,00
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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.

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From R 380,00
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Hluhluwe Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Hluhluwe

The Guest House has 8 rooms, sleeping 18 people sharing. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms and air-conditioning. Relax and unwind at our swimming pool or challenge your partner to a game of snooker. A comfortable reading room and TV lounge is ...

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From R 520,00
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Sodwana Bay Resort

Holiday Resort Accommodation in Sodwana Bay

With its many exciting coral reefs and outstanding climate, Sodwana Bay has distinguished itself as one of the premier sport diving destinations in the world.

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Sleeps: 20 in 6 units/rooms
From R 750,00
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Sugar Hill Manor Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Eshowe

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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From R 650,00
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Rhino Coast Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in St Lucia

Rhino Coast Guest House is an upmarket, luxury Bed & Breakfast situated in the town of St. Lucia Kwa-Zulu Natal. It offers a tranquil escape for a discerning world traveler or business executive.

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Sleeps: 8 in 2 units/rooms

Toad Tree Game Lodge

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Hluhluwe

Toad Tree Lodge is a exclusive destination situated within a private game reserve. it boasts a wealth of antelope species, as well as giraffe, zebra and wildebeest, all of which are endemic to the area. we are a premier bird lovers destination ...

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From R 235,00
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iMfolozi - Mpila Camp

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Hluhluwe

iMfolozi Game Reserve is situated in northern Zululand, approximately 270 km from Durban. The reserve was established on 30 April 1895 and with Hluhluwe Game Reserve, is the oldest game reserve in Africa. This reserve, together with the Corridor Section a

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Sleeps: 12

Belvedere Game Ranch

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Pongola

The lodge is situated in the center of the farm surrounded by lush bushveld. Accommodation is in 5 en-suite air conditioned bedrooms. The Lodge has a self catering central kitchen, lounge, dining area, bar & pool. Full catering by prior arrangement.

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From R 725,00
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St Lucia Hilltop Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in St Lucia

Welcome to St Lucia Hilltop Guest House. We are a modern Guest House with an antique twist, which is owned and managed by a warm and hospitable family. We are situated in one of the few natural wonders left on earth, the tranquil yet famous St Lucia iSima

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From R 750,00
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Ndumo Game Reserve

Holiday Resort Accommodation in Ndumo Game Reserve

Ndumo Game Reserve is situated in Maputaland near Tembe Elephant Park on the Mozambique border. The Usuthu River forms its northern boundary, and the Pongola River flows through the reserve to its confluence with the Usuthu River. The reserve is 10 117 ha

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Sleeps: 22 in 3 units/rooms

Casa Mia Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Pongola

Casa Mia is a country farm house with cottages scattered throughout the3 hectare sprawling tropical gardens. There are two cosy self-catering 3 star thatched cottages.

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From R 480,00
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Oppi Koppi Lodge

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Pongola

Oppie Koppie is the name of the lodge with fully serviced self-catering chalets. This luxury lodge boasts five bedrooms, all ensuite with air-conditioning and excellent views from the koppie upon which it is built.

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Sleeps: 10
From R 850,00
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Avocado Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Melmoth

Avocado Cottage is a traditional sugar farm homestead situated on a working Avocado and Sugarcane farm, 4km outside Melmoth town, just off the R66, Zululand Heritage Route (Route 66).

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Sleeps: 16 in 8 units/rooms
From R 3 995,00
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Leopard Mountain Game Lodge

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Mkuze

A Big 5 multiple award winning 4 Star lodge, set within the Zululand Rhino Reserve offering peace and tranquillity with friendly hospitality. Our beautiful lodge has the most spectacular views in Zululand

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Sleeps: 22 in 9 units/rooms
From R 2 190,00
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Kosi Forest Lodge

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Kosi Bay

Tucked into tranquil sand forests on the Kosi Lake system, is an unspoilt wilderness lodge - part of the St Lucia World Heritage Park. Enjoy guided canoeing, boat trips on the lakes and raffia forest walks. One SA's best eco-tourism destinations.

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