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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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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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Marlin Lodge St. Lucia

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in St Lucia

Marlin Lodge St. Lucia is a 3 star B&B situated in the tranquil and tropical village of St. Lucia in Kwa-Zulu Natal. St Lucia lies on the banks of the St. Lucia estuary, and is unique as it is totally surrounded by the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Afr

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Birds Of Paradise Bed & Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Eshowe

The cozy B&B is separate from the main house, each room having its own entrance. There are 8 comfortable double and 2 non smoking rooms.You can be assured of quality accommodation. We offer comfortable beds

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From R 700,00
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Rhino Coast Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in St Lucia

Rhino Coast Guest House is an upmarket, luxury Bed & Breakfast situated in the town of St. Lucia Kwa-Zulu Natal. It offers a tranquil escape for a discerning world traveler or business executive.

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From R 345,00
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Thornleys Guesthouse

Guest House Accommodation in Eshowe

Thornleys Guesthouse is a majestic colonial home boasting an unrivaled view over the Dlinza Forest, which is synonomous with Eshowe, Zululand.

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iMfolozi - Mpila Camp

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Hluhluwe

iMfolozi Game Reserve is situated in northern Zululand, approximately 270 km from Durban. The reserve was established on 30 April 1895 and with Hluhluwe Game Reserve, is the oldest game reserve in Africa. This reserve, together with the Corridor Section a

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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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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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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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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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Maphelane Resort

Holiday Resort Accommodation in Maphelane

Maphelane is situated on the south bank of the Mfolozi river mouth. It is the southernmost camp in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. There are 10 five-bedded, fully-equipped log cabins. There are 40 camp and caravan sites, with modern ablution blocks availab

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Bivane Game Lodge - Self-Catering

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. Bivane Game Lodge will reward you with a unique ...

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From R 620,00
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Mtonjaneni Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Melmoth

Our beautifully furnished en-suite rooms offer the perfect countryside stay. We have 26 en-suite rooms & can easily accommodate 55 guests if sharing. 3 of our classic rooms have the potential to be converted to family-friendly rooms upon request.

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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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Sleeps: 24 in 12 units/rooms
From R 2 375,00
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Shayamanzi Houseboats

House Boat Accommodation in Lake Jozini / Pongolapoort Dam

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..

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Sleeps: 22 in 10 units/rooms

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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Sleeps: 28 in 11 units/rooms
From R 900,00
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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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Sleeps: 26 in 8 units/rooms
From R 550,00
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Ndiza Cabanas

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in St Lucia

Ndiza is a privately owned establishment committed to service and quality as well as dedicated personal attention while hosting guests in beautiful South Africa. You will leave Ndiza with cherished memories and experiences.

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Sleeps: 46 in 9 units/rooms
From R 1 659,00
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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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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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