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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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Ingwenya Lodge

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in St Lucia

AA Highly recommended, family & pet friendly self catering units serviced daily. Ocean & lake view units available, all with aircon, DSTV & free Wifi. Huge tree-house, trampoline & pool, abundant birdlife & lush gardens. 6 units sleeping 2 - 8 guests.

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Sleeps: 28 in 11 units/rooms
From R 1 000,00
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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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From R 450,00
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Tree Top Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Mtunzini

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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Cape Vidal

Holiday Resort Accommodation in St Lucia Wetlands

Cape Vidal falls within the St Lucia Marine Reserve and is situated north-east of St Lucia within the Isimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site. This pretty bay is supported by a variety of accommodation set back in the dunes.There are 18 five-bedded

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Intibane Lodge

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Ulundi

At Intibane Lodge we have 6 beautifully structured self catering units, each accommodating 4 people. Each chalet is just like a home away from home, offering you a comfortable overnight stay. All of the chalets are fully furnished and identical

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Sleeps: 8 in 2 units/rooms

Dinizulu Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Hluhluwe

Situated in Hluhluwe area. (1km from entrance gate to False Bay Park, 13km from Hluhluwe town, 30km from Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve).

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Sleeps: 21 in 9 units/rooms
From R 420,00
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Panorama Place

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Empangeni

This beautiful African style guesthouse presents hospitality of the finest standards with the true spirit of Africa! From the tranquil location of Panorama Hill in a peaceful, quiet location, it will be an experience of a lifetime.

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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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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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Xaxaza Caravan Park

Holiday Resort Accommodation in Mtunzini

Xaxaza Park is situated in the beautiful, tranquil, park-like village of Mtunzini on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast. Mtunzini means "Place of Shade" in isiZulu. We are far away from the city lights

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Fish Eagles Self Catering

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Mtunzini

Fish Eagles boasts 3 separate self catering cottages nestled in a beautifully landscaped garden skirting the golf course with lagoon and beach views.

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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.

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Sleeps: 35 in 12 units/rooms

La Rochelle Inn

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Meerensee

Be welcome to relax in 9 elegant en-suite double rooms and 5 self-catering units, ( 1 x 5-sleeper + 1 x 4-sleeper + 1 x family unit (sleep 4) + 2 x 2-sleeper ) situated in a huge tropical garden full of birdlife around 2 swimming pools.

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From R 450,00
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Perna Perna St Lucia

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in St Lucia

From JHB: Take N12 to Witbank, turn off to Ogies. Go through Bethal, Ermelo, Piet Retief, Pongola. Continue south along the N2, past Mkuze and Hluhluwe. Take turn-off left to Mtubatuba and St Lucia signboard, the R618

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Sleeps: 42 in 21 units/rooms
From R 1 150,00
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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: 8
From R 3 000,00
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The Sweetest Spot

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in St Lucia

The Sweetest Spot is a beautiful, spacious, 4 bedroom self-catering house with two bathrooms en-suite and 1 guest bathroom. All bedrooms have queen size beds.

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Sleeps: 174 in 57 units/rooms

Gooderson Natal Spa Hot Springs Resort & Self Catering

Holiday Resort Accommodation in Paulpietersburg

Facilities in the hotel include an airy dining room and terrace offering lovely views of the garden and pool areas. Buffet breakfasts and dinners as well as a la carte dinners are served

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Sleeps: 24 in 9 units/rooms
From R 700,00
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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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From R 770,00
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Forest Lodge St Lucia

Guest House Accommodation in St Lucia

Forest Lodge is a brand new upmarket Lodge which has open its doors on 1 May 14 in the town of St Lucia, iSimangaliso world heritage site.

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From R 600,00
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African Ambience

Guest House Accommodation in St Lucia

Our thatched guest house in the village of St. Lucia within a World Heritage Site (Isimangaliso Wetland Park) is surrounded by koi ponds and water features, creating the perfect atmosphere for you to totally relax.

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