Zululand & Maputaland

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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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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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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Luwandla 16

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in St Lucia

This is a sun filled , immaculately clean and neat unit , with Air/Conditioners (3) , fully equipped kitchen, 2 1/2 bedrooms, two full bathrooms, lounge with colour TV and DSTV , stoep with built in braai facilities and a private patio

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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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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: 6
From R 1 400,00
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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: 19 in 6 units/rooms
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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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Sleeps: 158 in 10 units/rooms

Villa Prince Imperial

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Vryheid

At the foot of Lancaster Hill, set in a one acre park, our Guest House can accommodate 17 guests. Days can be spent lazily sunbathing in the garden. Children are welcome and our park is a safe place for them to play.

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Sleeps: 8
From R 995,00
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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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Sleeps: 26 in 8 units/rooms
From R 150,00
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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: 6
From R 1 800,00
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Quintasol Accommodation & Birding

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Mtunzini

Enjoy our spacious private Bird Friendly 2 bedroomed self-catered accommodation in the heart of nature, surrounded by lush Indigenous trees & garden where we have an abundance bird life

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Sleeps: 70 in 12 units/rooms
From R 1 399,00
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Natal Spa Hot Springs & Leisure Resort Timeshare

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Paulpietersburg

Escape to a rejuvenating oasis at Natal Spa Hot Springs & Leisure Resort, situated on the road between Vryheid and Paulpietersburg on the Battlefields Route.

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Sleeps: 22 in 9 units/rooms
From R 3 370,00
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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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Penbi Game Ranch

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Vryheid

Come and relax in luxury at one of the few undiscovered gems of Northern KwaZulu Natal. Conveniently situated 30km north of Vryheid and only 3km from the tarred Vryheid/Paulpietersburg main road. Penbi Game Ranch will reward you with a unique ...

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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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Sleeps: 22 in 10 units/rooms
From R 800,00
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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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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: 10 in 4 units/rooms
From R 650,00
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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: 12 in 4 units/rooms

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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Sleeps: 88 in 22 units/rooms
From R 1 269,00
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Mtunzini Forest Lodge

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Mtunzini

The lodge boasts 22 beautifully constructed wooden chalets. Each chalet is fully equipped for 3 to 5 people, some with a loft room for the children, and each offers a private sundeck with a barbeque area. A large sparkling swimming pool and ...

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