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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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Zini Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Mtunzini

This tastefully decorated 2 bedroom, 1full suite cottage is very spacious and idea as a family unit, it offers many comforts including : Sea view, Dstv, Air conditioning, over head fans

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From R 150,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Sand Forest Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Hluhluwe

Sand Forest Lodge is situated on a nature reserve on the edge of an ancient sand forest and lies 1.5km west of False Bay Park - part of the greater St Lucia Wetlands Park

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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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From R 350,00
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Umziki Pan

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Hluhluwe

Umziki is the Zulu name for the common Reedbuck which occur on this 80ha Natural Heritage Site (no.67) The property has been awarded this prestigious status due to the presence of pristine sand forest habitat and associated endemic plants.

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From R 795,00
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Sunset Lodge

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in St Lucia

We are self catering luxury log cabins with air conditioning. We have 4 chalets that sleeps four people, 1 five sleeper and 1 two sleeper. There is a microwave, fridge with freezer, kettle, toaster and hob in each chalet. There is one bathroom in ...

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Sleeps: 16 in 8 units/rooms
From R 3 995,00
Per person, per night sharing.

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: 24 in 12 units/rooms
From R 2 900,00
Per person, per night sharing.

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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From R 700,00
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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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Sleeps: 41 in 10 units/rooms

Kings Palace

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in St Lucia

Kings Palace is family friendly and offers nine two bedroom apartments which sleeps four and one three bedroom apartment which sleeps five people. Each apartment has a fully equipped kitchen, lounge with colour TV and full bathroom. Three units ...

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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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Sleeps: 19 in 6 units/rooms

African Spirit Game Lodge

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Mkuze

African Spirit Game Lodge, situated 12 km's west of Mkuze, invites guests to experience true luxury and warm African hospitality. The lodge is personally managed by the owners.

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From R 725,00
Per person, per night sharing.

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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Ithala Game Reserve

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Vryheid

Ithala Game Reserve offers a fascinating variety of terrain, habitats, mammals, birds and trees.

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From R 390,00
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Lake St Lucia Lodge

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in St Lucia

We are within walking distance to nearby restaurants, shops & pubs on the main street of the village of St. Lucia.

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From R 1 980,00
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Pakamisa Private Game Reserve

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Pongola

This unique and exclusive lodge is situated in its own, malaria-free private game reserve, perched high on the slopes of Pakamisa mountain and overlooking the rolling hills of Zululand.

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Sleeps: 13 in 2 units/rooms
From R 750,00
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Pivaansbad

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Paulpietersburg

Pivaansbad is a unique hide-away for nature lovers. It offers the winning combination of experiencing day to day farm activities and being one with nature. The farm is situated between Vryheid and Paulpietersburg and borders against the Bivaan River oppos

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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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Mkuze Falls Game Lodge

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Magudu

The central lodge complex includes a tastefully furnished lounge, bar and restaurant. Meals may be served at the lounge viewing deck, the indoor dining area, the traditional boma during Zulu dancing or on request at your room.

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Sleeps: 22 in 10 units/rooms

Shayamoya Fishing & Game Lodge

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Lake Jozini / Pongolapoort Dam

10 Chalets privately positioned with breathtaking views of Lake Jozini and the Lebombo Mountains. Ideally located to break the long journey from Kruger Park or Johannesburg to KwaZulu Natal resorts. You will be disappointed only with a one night stay...

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From R 750,00
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Via Lalicia 11

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Richards Bay

Via Lalicia 11 is a luxury fully air-conditioned and secured townhouse . . Three bedrooms , 2 bathrooms and double garage. Open living area. Wheelchair-friendly .

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