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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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Pongola Country Lodge

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Pongola

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.

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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: 41 in 10 units/rooms

Kings Palace

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in St Lucia

Kings Palace is family friendly and offers nine two bedroom apartments which sleeps four and one three bedroom apartment which sleeps five people. Each apartment has a fully equipped kitchen, lounge with colour TV and full bathroom. Three units ...

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From R 730,00
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Turtle Bay Lodge

Guest House Accommodation in St Lucia

Turtle Bay Lodge Guest House and B&B is located in the beautiful town of St Lucia on the Zululand coast of KwaZulu-Natal.

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Intibane Lodge

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Ulundi

At Intibane Lodge we have 6 beautifully structured self catering units, each accommodating 4 people. Each chalet is just like a home away from home, offering you a comfortable overnight stay. All of the chalets are fully furnished and identical

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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: 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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From R 500,00
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Umziki Chalets

Self Catering Rooms With Communal Kitchen in Mkuze

There are seven thatched chalets with two, three and four bed options, accommodating up to 23 guests. All the chalets are air-conditioned and have en-suite bathrooms. Linen, cutlery, crockery and domestic services are all provided. A central ...

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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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Anew Hotel Hluhluwe & Safaris

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Hluhluwe

Set in the magnificent Elephant Coast, near South Africa’s oldest Game Reserve, the 3-star Anew Hotel Hluhluwe & Safaris, is the ultimate South African holiday destination.

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St Lucia Palms

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in St Lucia

St Lucia Palms holiday flats are situated in the heart of this famous World Heritage site known as The iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Whether you prefer to relax by the pool or partake in one of the many tours or excursions, it is the perfect location for you

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Sleeps: 28 in 6 units/rooms
From R 950,00
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Ingwenya Lodge

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in St Lucia

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.

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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: 24 in 9 units/rooms
From R 700,00
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Umkhumbi Lodge

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Hluhluwe

The lodge has been sensitively built into pristine African sandforest, carefully preserving this fragile ecology. The focus is on conservation through education and environmental awareness.

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Sleeps: 8
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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