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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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Lake View Cabanas

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in St Lucia

Relax in the heart of the Zulu Kingdom in the verdant and peaceful town of St. Lucia, just minutes away from South Africa’s first World Heritage site, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

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Sleeps: 23 in 8 units/rooms

Martine @ 201

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Vryheid

Martine @ 201 is a self-catering modern homestead hosting 16 guests including children.It is the perfect solution for a company employes working in the area , family and sportive event , a group of travelers , birdwatchers or sport fans ...

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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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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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Sleeps: 42 in 19 units/rooms
From R 440,00
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Biweda Nguni Guest Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Mkuze

Our b&b lodge has 10 rooms, consisting of a suite, a 2 bedroom family unit, 4 units with double beds, 4 units with 2 single beds. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, TV's with DSTV and air conditioners.

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Afrikhaya Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in St Lucia

All our 4 spacious guestrooms have a private entrance and terrace; the uniqueness of the design and layout provide guest convenience and privacy. We offer 2 rondavel styled rooms in front of the house with en-suite bathroom

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From R 750,00
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The Bridge 9

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in St Lucia

No.9 The Bridge. Recently refurbished, 2 bed ground floor unit, sleeping up to 6 - double bed in main room and 2 singles in the second with a sleeper couch in the lounge.

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From R 325,00
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Mseni Beach Lodge

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Sodwana Bay

Situated in the heart of Sodwana Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you will find Mseni Beach Lodge - the place of happiness, where laughter and joy resounds! Here at Mseni, we aim to provide friendly service & an excellent experience to compliment our a

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From R 405,00
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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 390,00
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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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Shonalanga Lodge

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in St Lucia

Welcome to Shonalanga Lodge St Lucia - South Africa. We are situated in the heart of St Lucia, a small town in the World Heritage Site. Shonalanga Lodge and Tours is within the proclaimed Greater St Lucia Wetland Park Reserve, the largest lake in Africa.

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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.

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15 The Bridge

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in St Lucia

15 The Bridge is an air-conditioned, 3 bedroom self-catering luxurious apartment located in a prestigious gated secure holiday resort on the main street of St Lucia, situated within walking distance of the beach, shops and restaurants.

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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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From R 365,00
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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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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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Anew Hotel Hluhluwe & Safaris

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Hluhluwe

Set in the magnificent Elephant Coast, near South Africa’s oldest Game Reserve, the 3-star Anew Hotel Hluhluwe & Safaris, is the ultimate South African holiday destination.

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From R 425,00
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Flamingo Holiday Flats

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in St Lucia

Flamingo Holiday Flats is situated in St Lucia as part of the isimangaliso / Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park. Flamingo Holiday Flats is within safe walking distance from the numerous restaurants and shops in St. Lucia.

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A Kings View Boutique Guesthouse

Guest House Accommodation in Eshowe

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: 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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