Three Trees at Spionkop

A stunning lodge in an historic location (non malarial)

Originally established to commemorate the location of one of the bitter struggles in the Boer War between the largest empire the world has known and one of the smallest nations at that time. Accommodation is in 6 exquisite twin bedded cottages overlooking the battlefield of Spioenkop. Winston Churchill took a very active part in the ultimately vain and costly attempt to capture the hill from the Boer commandos. There is a standalone two bedroom house named Churchills which is perfect for families. There is also a family suite. This is an all inclusive property and the dining room in located in the main house.

About the Location

The property is situated on a nature reserve so you may notice a rhino or giraffe wandering past you cottage. The lodge can arrange full day battlefield tours, game walks and rhino tracking, horse riding as well as mountain biking and hiking. For those who prefer less strenuous activities, there is a beautiful pool with sweeping views over the nature reserve and across to Spioenkop. This is a 4 1/2 hour drive from Johannesburg Airport and around a 2 1/2 hour drive from Durban Airport. This can be included in a trip taking in a private safari lodge in Northern Zululand (this area is malarial), the Isandlwana and Rorkes Drift battlefields and the nearby Drakensberg Mountains.

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Dumazulu Lodge

Dumazulu Lodge, Zululand

Rather touristy but a good option for those wishing to experience Zulu culture up close

This unique property is an opportunity to view traditional Zulu culture at close hand and stay in a Zulu style village setting adjacent to the cultural kraal. Accommodation is in simple yet stylish huts each of which represents a different style from the various regions of South Africa. These are all thatched so there will be the traditional thatch aroma in the rooms. Food is served in the facilities adjacent to the cultural kraal and is a buffet style.

About the Location

The cultural village is a  tasteful living museum and three times a day guests are taken into the kraal and shown traditional Zulu culture including basket making, shield and spear making, beadwork, the traditional healer, sangoma and the village elder. The tour ends with an example of traditional dancing and singing. As no English is spoken in the village, you will also be introduced to some basic Zulu greetings. The lodge also has an adjacent snake and crocodile park where you can see the reptiles at close quarter. Although to some extent artificial, Dumazulu certainly does not have the feel of a ‘theme park’ and we feel you will be genuinely impressed with the example of a way of life, which is fast becoming history.

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Fairlight, Umdloti, KwaZulu-Natal, North Coast

Fairlight is right by a great beach on the Indian Ocean and walk to restaurants

Fairlight was the original building in this area over 100 years ago. Dating back to the early 1900’s, the house was built by Squire Bacon – Margaret Bacon Avenue is named after his wife. The Squire often enjoyed watching a particular trading schooner from England sailing past his house. Its name was ‘Fairlight’, and his house found a name. The property is rated 5 star and is alongside one of the finest bathing beaches on the North Coast.  The 4 bedrooms and 2  suites (1 ideal for a family) are beautifully decorated and  comfortable although the beds tend to be firm. All the rooms are sea facing and two can be used on a self-catering basis and for families.  You will be able to enjoy the sumptuous breakfast overlooking the pool or the Indian Ocean.

About the Location

This property is conveniently located between Durban and the Game Reserves and  just 20 minutes from Durban Airport. The area has many activities to keep even the most active people occupied. This includes Scuba Diving, Horse Riding, surfing, golf and for those who enjoy the finer things in life there are excellent restaurants a short walk away.

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Wendy’s Country Lodge, Mtubatuba,Hluhluwe

Comfortable cottage style accommodation close to Hluhluwe National Park

This is a convenient alternative from which to view the Hluhluwe / Umfolozi Game Reserve and the St Lucia Wetlands area. The property is located in a quiet residential area of Mtubatuba which itself is close to the main N2 highway. Game drives into the nearby reserves can be arranged from the property. The accommodation here is delightful. The seven beautifully appointed, mostly spacious rooms are decorated in cottage style with large Victorian style bathrooms en suite. You can relax with a drink beside the refreshingly shaded pool, which, although not large, will provide a welcome respite from the heat of the day. The gardens are a tropical paradise and the owner’s pride and joy is the collection of orchids. The restaurant is renowned locally and is set around an unusual water feature reminiscent of a forest dell. You are ensured a warm and friendly welcome.

About the Location

This is a very convenient location approximately 2 hours’ drive from Durban International Airport. It is an easy drive into the Hluhluwe – Umfolozi National Park where you will find some of the best animal viewing in South Africa. Herds of elephant, Cape wild dogs, lions giraffe and numerous plains game. We have even spied a black mamba close to the main rest camp! This is an amazing place to visit. You are also close to Lake St Lucia and the iSimangaliso Wetlands National Park with its extraordinary scenery, birdlife and crocodiles and hippo.

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Teremok Marine Lodge, Umhlanga Rocks, Natal North Coast

Stylish accommodation close to one of the top beaches in South Africa

This lodge, set in one of the most exclusive residential areas in South Africa, has a rich and romantic history. The land was acquired by a Russian immigrant, who fled the revolution and his wife in 1965. He subsequently died tragically and the house that had been built was eventually sold to the current owners in 2002. The property was fully renovated and enlarged, keeping many of the original features. The luxurious accommodation comprises 8 beautiful suites, each with their own balcony and some with sea views. The decoration is always cooling and whilst some rooms reflect the heritage of the original owners, others relate to the theatrical connections of the present owners.

About the Location

The Wellness Centre includes a well-equipped gym and a therapist is available to provide various treatments for that well-earned pampering! The tropical gardens include a wonderful pool for enjoying sundowners around after the heat of the day. The beach is 200 metres away and the lively centre of Umhlanga Rocks, with numerous, good restaurants, is just 1 km distant. This is within easy reach of Durban (15 minutes) and the airport (25 minutes) and is close to the Gateway Mall for inveterate shoppers! The renowned Hluhluwe – Umfolozi Game Reserve is approximately a two and a half hour drive.

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Cathedral Peak Hotel

Cathedral Peak Hotel, Northern Drakensberg

Cathedral Peak Hotel has the majestic Drakensberg Mountain as a natural backcloth for this traditional family owned hotel

Cathedral Peak is a well-established, family run hotel set in the dramatic scenery of the northern Drakensbergs. The accommodation is comfortable. There are a variety of rooms. Over 100 Standard, Deluxe and Executive rooms, 4 Honeymoon Suites and one Presidential Suite. We suggest the Executive Rooms and the suites as the Standard and Deluxe rooms we find rather basic and can the decor can be a little dated. Cuisine is a traditional South African buffet style, which is among the best we have encountered in South Africa.

About Cathedral Peak Hotel’s  Location

The hotel offers an abundance of amenities including tennis, a heated swimming pool with spectacular views, a 9-hole golf course, squash, badminton and bowls. This is an excellent base for hiking in the mountain scenery with a mixture of walks and hikes from a 30-minute stroll to a waterfall to a 10-hour hike to the top of Cathedral Peak (3,000 metres). There are guided hikes provided each day. Horse riding and helicopter tours can also be arranged. The area also has good fishing. There can be snow in the winter when the hotel takes on an altogether different but romantic air with blazing log fires but daytime temperatures can easily reach 20C (70F). Cathedral Peak is a 4 1/2 hour drive along good roads from Johannesburg and 2 1/2 hours from Durban. The Boer and Zulu Battlefields are within easy reach and the Northern Zululand Game Reserves are within a 4-hour drive.

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The Boat House

The Boathouse, Ballito, North Coast

4 Star beach-side hotel

This is one of the most perfectly situated hotels in KwaZulu-Natal. The beach fronting the Indian Ocean beckons just by the side of the stunning sun deck. The 19 bedrooms plus the stunning 5 room Penthouse Suite are beautifully decorated complete with air conditioning and satellite TV. The restaurant is among the best in Ballito (we advise the seafood platter) but if you are looking for variety then you are within walking distance of a number of good restaurants in the centre of Ballito.

About the Location

As well as relaxing you can visit interesting coastal scenery many with historic Zulu links such as nearby Shaka’s Rock. Lively Umhlanga Rocks is a 25-minute drive with some excellent restaurants and the region’s largest shopping mall close by. Durban is 35 minutes away and there are a number of casino within a short drive. Just an hour’s drive from the airport, The Boathouse is good start or finish to your holiday.

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Zululand Tree Lodge, Hluhluwe National Park

Unique, rustic,  thatched hut accommodation set in a forest of fever trees

The accommodation is in 20 thatched huts on stilts set among the trees. The rooms are fairly rustic with comfortable rooms and simple bathrooms with showers. Prices are all inclusive including a morning game drive in the Hluhluwe Game Reserve  and an afternoon game drive in the Ubizane Wildlife Reserve which is where the lodge is situated.  The food is a simple, bush-buffet style served in the Boma which is a thatched open sided dining area where you can view game at the adjacent waterhole in the wet season (November to March) but this is dry during their winter months between April and October.

About the Location

This is a unique property in the Ubizane Wildlife Reserve, which borders the Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve which is the oldest wildlife reserve in South Africa – proclaimed in 1895. The Ubizane Wildlife Reserve has antelope, giraffe, zebra, warthog and three rhino but the Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve has an abundance of the ‘Big 5’ including vast herds of elephant, lion, leopard, wild dog, buffalo and an amazing variety of birdlife in breathtaking scenery. this is a 2 1/2 hour drive from Durban airport and can easily combined with a beach-side property in the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast. You can also combine this area with a trip to the Zulu and Boer Battlefields and the Drakensberg Mountains. The best time to visit this part of South Africa is between April and November. At this time of year the weather is hot but normally dry whereas during South Africa’s summer, this region becomes intensely humid.

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Thanda Private Game Reserve, Elephant Coast

One of the great Private Game Reserves of KwaZulu-Natal

Thanda has 9 luxury bush villas each with their own lounge, boma and, heated, splash pool. The bathroom features indoor and outdoor showers. In addition to an exclusive villa, there are also 16 luxurious tents with sweeping views of the reserve. These enable guests to get even closer to nature yet benefit from the height of luxury. The central facilities include full bar, lounge and ‘wellness centre’. The beautifully crafted food features traditional Zulu as well as interesting fusion between Western and African cuisine.

About the Location

There are a variety of different activities and experiences on offer. In addition to ‘Big Five’ game viewing on the reserve where the original ecosystem is being restored, Thanda can also arrange bush walks,  excursions to the nearby Indian Ocean beaches and a variety of Zulu cultural experiences. Private game drives can also be arranged. Accommodation is provided on an ‘All Inclusive’ basis including game drives. the best time of the year to visit this area for a wonderful game experience is during South Africa’s winter season between May and November. This is the dry season for this region and this will help with game viewing. The humidity which can be intense during the summer months is much less in winter.

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White Elephant Safari Lodge, Pongola, Northern Zululand

A real back to nature experience in the African Bush in Northern Zululand

White Elephant Lodge offers safari with a difference. Accommodation in the Safari Lodge is in 8 luxurious safari tents. These are well equipped with beautiful bathrooms, private, outdoor canvas shower, private veranda and personal bar. Exquisite white percale bed linen completes the style and each tent has insect gauze on the windows, ceiling fans and mosquito nets. Sumptuous meals are served at the main house, which is a restored colonial homestead. Accommodation in the Bush Camp is simpler in 7 thatched  chalets. There is the same attention to style and quality and meals are taken in the dining area close to the viewing deck. Both lodges have a welcome swimming pool for relaxing beside after the day’s activities.

About the Location

The lodge is situated close to the border with Mozambique and Swaziland approximately a 5 1/2 hour drive from Johannesburg airport and 3 hours from Durban Airport. Two eco activities are included in the price. Activities include game drives into the Pongola Game Reserve, which was the first to be declared by President Kruger at the end of the 1800s, guided walks, Rhino walks, and Elephanting where guests participate in the reserve’s elephant monitoring project. Guest can also take a scenic flight with the flying doctor service into local communities, experience a number of cultural tours into the surrounding Zulu communities or participate in a programme where a psychologist provides a de-stressing programme with the elephants. The lodge also has a fully equipped wellness centre. Therefore, whether you are looking for a game experience, want to discover Zulu culture or just a chance to relax and de-stress, White Elephant should provide you with a memorable experience.

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