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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Sleeps: 25 in 9 units/rooms
From R 880,00
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Villa Beryl Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Vryheid

Villa Beryl Guesthouse, is your home away from home. It is one of Vryheid's surviving classic old South African homes, with its sandstone foundations, Oregon pine floors, high ceilings and wide verandahs.

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Sleeps: 14 in 4 units/rooms
From R 590,00
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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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Sleeps: 8
From R 800,00
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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

57 Pelican Street

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in St Lucia

The house consists of 4 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms. The house is fully air conditioned - the main bedroom is air conditioned, ceiling fan, en-suite with a queen bed, bedroom 2 has a queen bed with air-con.

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Sleeps: 4 in 2 units/rooms
From R 450,00
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Maputaland Lodge

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Kosi Bay

All guests can be assured of a comfortable and relaxing stay. For those who want to break away from the day to day routine we can offer scrumptious meals at our restaurant.

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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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Sleeps: 18 in 5 units/rooms

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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Sleeps: 9
From R 300,00
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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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Sleeps: 42 in 21 units/rooms
From R 1 550,00
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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: 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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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: 15 in 5 units/rooms
From R 375,00
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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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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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Sleeps: 4
From R 430,00
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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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Sleeps: 20 in 9 units/rooms

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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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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Sleeps: 27 in 8 units/rooms
From R 895,00
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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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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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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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