Shayamanzi Houseboat

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House Boats on Lake Jozini - the Pongola poort dam

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Shayamanzi Houseboat
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Description

On board Shayamanzi Houseboat, soak up the stunning scenery of the Lebombo Mountains and Pongola Game Reserve. Enjoy calm serenity on the water or the thrill of Tiger fishing!  Northern KwaZulu-Natal has many natural and splendid beauties, but little can compare with the superb wildlife to be seen on the shores of Lake Jozini (also known as Pongolapoort dam).

Shayamanzi I :

  • Is a 25 meter by 8 meter, double pontoon houseboat launched by Dr. Narend Singh (Kwa-Zulu Natal Minister of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs) on the 18th October 2002.
  • 6 En-suite cabins
  • 4 Crew
  • 2 Tender boats
  • 8 Seater Jacuzzi

Shayamanzi II :
  • Is a 30 meter by 8.6 meter, double pontoon houseboat launched in September 2007. She is a dream cruiser!
  • 3 Levels
  • 10 Air-conditioned, en-suite cabins
  • 6 Crew
  • 3 Tender boats
  • 12 Seater jacuzzi

Cruising in style at up to 9 knots, Shayamanzi passengers enjoy different anchorages each evening. The boats are fully serviced with a world-class crew who will ensure you delicious meals, a safe cruise, great fishing, game viewing and bird watching of more than 350 species.

 

Attractions

Tiger Fishing
Lake Jozini is the only water in South Africa where you find the ferocious fighting Tiger Fish, an African game fish, which sends you thrills as it jumps out the water, throwing his head from side to side trying to get off your line. Tackle and rods are available for hire.


Game Viewing
The Lake is surrounded by the Pongola Game Reserve and Phongolo Nature Reserve, which provide spectacular game viewing from the water's edge. The Reserves are teaming with a large variety of wildlife which can be viewed from the Shayamanzi decks or the tender boats.


Birding
The area is a birder's paradise hosting over 350 species of bush birds, raptors and water birds. Set against the Lebombo Mountains, the Lake becomes a breeding zone for cormorants, herons, ducks, storks and many more. Between May and November there is a fantastic hive of activity not to be missed.

An educational activity where visitors learn about and gain an understanding of the Pongola Game Reserve elephants and the challenges facing their future in our fence and protected areas. Join the tracker who is monitoring this family of elephants who were translocated here in 1997.

Directions

When travelling from Johannesburg : * The best route to take is the N12 via Witbank, pass through the Middleburg toll gate, take the R35 off- ramp towards Bethal. * From Bethal, travel to Ermelo, to Piet Retief, to Pongola. * From Pongola, travel for 27km, turn left off the N2 highway towards Golela/Swaziland border post. * After travelling 2km up a hill, turn left at the Shayamoya rocky/aloe entrance gate and follow the 1km dirt road to reception. * It is clearly signposted from the N2 highway. When travelling from Pretoria : * Take the N4 towards Witbank, pass through the Middleburg toll gate, take the R35 off- ramp towards Bethal. * From Bethal, travel to Ermelo, to Piet Retief, to Pongola. * From Pongola, travel for 27km, turn left off the N2 highway towards Golela/Swaziland border post. * After travelling 2km up a hill, turn left at the Shayamoya rocky/aloe entrance gate and follow the 1km dirt road to reception. * It is clearly signposted from the N2 highway. When travelling North from Durban : * On the N2 highway, 40km past the town of Mkuze, turn right towards Golela/Swaziland border post. * Continue for 2km and you will find the Shayamoya rocky/aloe entrance on your left. When travelling South through Swaziland : * Exiting at the Golela border post, continue along this road towards the N2 highway. * After 8km you will find the Shayamoya entrance on your right. Distances : * 8km Golela * 27km Pongola * 40km Mkuze * 180km Richards Bay * 100km Hluhluwe * 360 km Durban * 460km JHB * 270km Crocodile Bridge (Kruger Park) Airstrips : There is an airstrip on the ranch suitable for landing microlites and Cesnas. Ranch airstrip : * Length: 350 meters * Co-ordinates: 02722'530 South; 031 48'406 East Pongola airstrip : * Length: 1200 meters * Co-ordinates: 02721'500 South; 031 36'500 East Mkuze airstrip : * Length: 1500 meters * Co-ordinates: 02738'500 South; 032 03'000 East Pretoria/Pongola Shuttle Service

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