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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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42 The Bridge
Guest Rating: 9
Sleeps 6 in 1 unit
From R 1400
Per unit, per night
* Rates may vary according to season

42 The Bridge

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in St Lucia

Zululand & Maputaland

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 ...

57 Pelican Street
Guest Rating: 9
Sleeps 10 in 1 unit

57 Pelican Street

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in St Lucia

Zululand & Maputaland

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.

Baton Rouge On Sea
Guest Rating: 10
Sleeps 8 in 2 units
From R 550
Per person, per night sharing
* Rates may vary according to season

Baton Rouge On Sea

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Mtunzini

Zululand & Maputaland

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...

Gooderson Bushlands Game Lodge
Guest Rating: 8
Sleeps 34 in 17 units
From R 699
Per person, per night sharing
* Rates may vary according to season

Gooderson Bushlands Game Lodge

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Hluhluwe

Zululand & Maputaland

Bushlands Game Lodge is centrally situated in Zululand and surrounded by 300 000 acres of National Parks, including Hluhluwe/Umfolozi, Mkuzi, Nduma, Sodwana Bay and St. Lucia.

Gooderson DumaZulu Lodge
Sleeps 46 in 21 units

Gooderson DumaZulu Lodge

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Hluhluwe

Zululand & Maputaland

Guests can enjoy an unrivalled ethnic experience by staying in DumaZulu Lodge which consists of ethnic units resembling the different tribes of Southern Africa on the exterior while the interior is modern and tastefully decorated in ethnic fabrics

Elephant Lake Inn
Guest Rating: 10

Elephant Lake Inn

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in St Lucia

Zululand & Maputaland

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.

Ezulwini Game Lodge
Guest Rating: 9.6
Graded:
Sleeps 14 in 4 units
From R 443
Per person, per night sharing | Sleeps 2 adults max
* Rates may vary according to season

Ezulwini Game Lodge

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Hluhluwe

Zululand & Maputaland

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.

Fish Eagles Self Catering

Fish Eagles Self Catering

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Mtunzini

Zululand & Maputaland

Fish Eagles boasts 3 separate self catering cottages nestled in a beautifully landscaped garden skirting the golf course with lagoon and beach views.

Hornbill Cottage
Sleeps 9 in 1 unit
From R 300
Per person, per night sharing
* Rates may vary according to season

Hornbill Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in St Lucia

Zululand & Maputaland

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!

Janet's Ukuthula Bed & Breakfast
From R 400
Per person, per night sharing
* Rates may vary according to season

Janet's Ukuthula Bed & Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Mtubatuba

Zululand & Maputaland

For overseas tourist our chalets are ideal providing a welcomed "Home from Home" resting place. We book the usual Game Reserve and beach excursions and could fill your holidays with exciting African experiences to remember (beach umbrellas, mats, ...

Ingwenya Lodge
Sleeps 28 in 6 units
From R 950
Per unit, per night
* Rates may vary according to season

Ingwenya Lodge

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in St Lucia

Zululand & Maputaland

AA Highly recommended, family & pet friendly self catering units serviced daily. Ocean & lake view units available, all with aircon, DSTV & free Wifi. Huge tree-house, trampoline & pool, abundant birdlife & lush gardens. 6 units sleeping 2 - 8 guests.

Kosi Forest Lodge
Sleeps 22 in 9 units
From R 3580
Per person, per night sharing | Sleeps 2 adults max
* Rates may vary according to season

Kosi Forest Lodge

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Kosi Bay

Zululand & Maputaland

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.

Lidiko Lodge
Sleeps 11 in 3 units
From R 1900
Per unit, per night | Sleeps 3 max (2 adults)
* Rates may vary according to season

Lidiko Lodge

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in St Lucia

Zululand & Maputaland

Lidiko Lodge is a TGCSA 4 STAR lodge situated in the village of St Lucia, Zululand, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, surrounded by the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park ("iSimangaliso Wetland Park"), an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Mkuze Falls Game Lodge

Mkuze Falls Game Lodge

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Magudu

Zululand & Maputaland

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.

Pakamisa Private Game Reserve
Graded:
Sleeps 30 in 8 units
From R 1300
Per person, per night sharing | Sleeps 4 adults max
* Rates may vary according to season

Pakamisa Private Game Reserve

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Pongola

Zululand & Maputaland

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.

Mtunzini Forest Lodge
Sleeps 88 in 22 units
From R 1269
Per unit, per night
* Rates may vary according to season

Mtunzini Forest Lodge

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Mtunzini

Zululand & Maputaland

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 ...

Pongola Country Lodge
Graded:
Sleeps 21 in 9 units
From R 515
Per person, per night sharing | Sleeps 1 adults max
* Rates may vary according to season

Pongola Country Lodge

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Pongola

Zululand & Maputaland

Accommodation comprises of 64 upmarket, spacious en-suite bedrooms all individually decorated in a stylish fashion of its own. All rooms are air-conditioned, equipped with a colour TV with DStv-channels and a modern telephone system.

Raptor's Rest Bed & Breakfast
Graded:
Sleeps 7 in 2 units
From R 560
Per person, per night sharing
* Rates may vary according to season

Raptor's Rest Bed & Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Empangeni

Zululand & Maputaland

All eight bedrooms have their own unique style and feel. Each with their own entrance from the garden is extremely comfortable with remote air conditioning and television and everything else the Tourism Grading Council of S.A. deems essential for ...

Shayamanzi Houseboats
Sleeps 24 in 12 units
From R 2375
Per person, per night sharing
* Rates may vary according to season

Shayamanzi Houseboats

House Boat Accommodation in Lake Jozini / Pongolapoort Dam

Zululand & Maputaland

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..

Sodwana Bay Lodge & Dive Resort
Sleeps 42 in 21 units
From R 1290
Per unit, per night | Sleeps 6 max (4 adults)
* Rates may vary according to season

Sodwana Bay Lodge & Dive Resort

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Sodwana Bay

Zululand & Maputaland

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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