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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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42 The Bridge

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in St Lucia

Sleeping 6 people as follows (1 double bed and 4 single beds). A chest freezer is available, a DStv decoder and TV is provided (you need to bring your own smart card - limited availability from letting office on site), the complex is up market ...

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Sleeps: 17 in 6 units/rooms
From R 747,50
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St Lucia Wetlands Bed & Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in St Lucia

St. Lucia Wetlands B&B is an owner-hosted accommodation establishment which features six spacious bedrooms, including one family unit and honeymoon suite. Most bedrooms have private patios and our en-suite, double-, twin- and single bedrooms are ...

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Sleeps: 10
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Hornbill Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in St Lucia

Affordable and no fuss! Ideal for family and friends seeking a quiet, private and safe setup - well fenced with lots of parking area and space for children to play!

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From R 1 200,00
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Pelican's Nest Holiday Home St Lucia

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in St Lucia

Pelican's Nest Holiday Home St Lucia is a beautifully decorated, spacious, comfortable and relaxing, three bedroom, two bathroom, air-conditioned self catering house situated in a quiet street with easy access and walking distance to the beach, restauran

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Thornwood

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Hluhluwe

Thornwood offers luxury accommodation for up to 8 people in a self-catering, fully serviced, upmarket lodge. A unique blend of luxury timber frame units, fit seamlessly into the surrounding bush

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Sleeps: 16 in 8 units/rooms
From R 4 750,00
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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: 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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Sleeps: 20 in 4 units/rooms
From R 375,00
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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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Sleeps: 8 in 2 units/rooms
From R 550,00
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Baton Rouge On Sea

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Mtunzini

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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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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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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Elephant Lake Inn

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in St Lucia

The Elephant Lake Inn is located in the town of St Lucia, Kwa Zulu Natal, surrounded by the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa's first World Heritage Site. St Lucia is 25km from the main N2 route between Durban and Swaziland.

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Sleeps: 10 in 2 units/rooms

Basangoma Game Ranch

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Paulpietersburg

Basangoma Game Ranch offers a luxury chalet with spectacular views of the surrounding bush and mountains from both the covered patio and the open plan kitchen / lounge.

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Zeekoepan River Lodge & Chalets

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Magudu

ZEEKOEPAN River Lodge & the Chalets is situated within a network of Big 5 properties and offer the ONLY SELF-CATERING facility within this larger Big 5 area. The Lodge and Chalets are situated on the banks of the picturesque Mkuze River.

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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 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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Sleeps: 12 in 5 units/rooms
From R 4 140,00
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Thonga Beach Lodge

Holiday Resort Accommodation in Mabibi, Lake Sibaya

This intimate, luxury 12 suite lodge is nestled on the pristine coast of Maputaland, Northern KwaZulu-Natal, within the Isimangaliso Wetland Park - an internationally recognized World Heritage Site. It's the ideal place to explore unspoilt, ...

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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: 4
From R 400,00
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Raphia on Sea

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Mtunzini

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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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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