Shayamanzi I Houseboat

Bush Break

Accommodation Overview

Shayamanzi I offers incredible accommodation onboard a houseboat with excellent game viewing and fishing opportunities. From R1 575.00 per person.
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Shayamanzi I offers incredible accommodation onboard a houseboat with excellent game viewing and fishing opportunities. From R1 575.00 per person.


We welcome you to Shayamanzi I, situated on Lake Jozini and home to the 5th biggest dam in South Africa and the only dam within RSA to border a Game Reserve. The reserve is host to a wide variety of game including elephant, rhino, buffalo, leopard, hippos and up to 400 bird species. This is a nature lovers paradise!

Shayamanzi I is situated in a port of Northern Kwa-Zulu Natal amongst the Lebombo Mountain rage, surrounded by bushveld, wildlife and a subtropical climate.

The houseboat is a popular destination for  holiday makers and avid fisherman, with 27 species of fish including the Tiger Fish – just 3.5 hours from King Shaka International Airport. 

The 12 sleeper double pontoon houseboat offers 6 airy en-suite cabins complete with linen, plug points, hairdryers and fans. The large sliding doors enable one to hear the hippos snorting in the nearby bay and at night the opportunity to adore the stars reflecting on the waters edge. 

The fully serviced houseboat is equipped with DSTV and a home theatre system with a wide variety of music to enjoy – for the more fun at heart, there is even karaoke! Guest can soak up summer cocktails whilst relaxing in the 8 seater jacuzzi or simply enjoy some peace and quiet on the outdoor chaise loungers. 

Shayamanzi I offers fully serviced accommodation with 4 cabin crew and 2 tender boats – guests have the option to self-cater or at an additional cost, meals can be included (brunch, dinner, snacks, tea and coffee)

Come and enjoy one of the oldest game reserves in South Africa – where fishing and game viewing experiences can be enjoyed from the superb house boat and tender boats with guides.

An experience combined with luxurious accommodation and wonderful staff, where one can soak up and enjoy the serenity of the Lake Jozini waters. 

Shayamanzi is about taking time out to appreciate Africa’s special wonders. 




12 Sleeper Shayamanzi I  

R27 000.00 per night (exclusive charter, 1 – 12 guests)


Rates include:

Superb crew

Fully serviced accommodation

Game viewing and tiger fishing from skippered tender boats

Fishing rod and tackle

Fuel and diesel

Transfers from Jozini Tiger Lodge to the Houseboat

Secure vehicle parking at Jozini Tiger Lodge


Rates exclude:


Lunch on arrival

Staff gratuities


Meals Included 

R600.00 per person per night






Tea and Coffee


Individual Cabins for Social Cruises

R3 150.00 per cabin per night (2 guests sharing)

R4 100.00 per cabin per night (single)

R1 575.00 per cabin per night (children under 12 years)


Rates include:

Superb Crew

Game viewing

Fuel and diesel

Transfers from Jozini Tiger Lodge to Houseboat

Secure parking at Jozini Tiger lodge 

Welcome Drink

Brunch, dinner, snacks tea and coffee 

Rates exclude:


Lunch on day of arrival

Staff gratuities 



2 Tender Boats


Dining Area

Sun Deck

Music System

Linen and bath towels provided 

Entertainment Area (communal)

Wet Bar

Lake and Mountain Views

Secure Parking



No smoking indoors 

Lost or damaged tackle will be charged for

Minimum 2-night stay required for overnight cruises  

Idyllic Cruising Season - May to August
Excellent Game Viewing and Bird Watching. Fishing active on trawl, in the river and gorge. Magnificent, cooler, calmer weather. Fantastic time for photography, conferencing and relaxing


Prime Tiger Fishing Season - September to April

Prime Tiger Fishing with excellent Game Viewing in the early mornings and late afternoons. 

Specific details

Area Activities: 4x4 Trails, Bird Watching, Boat trips, Fishing, Game Drives, Hiking Trails, Restaurant, Spa
Facilities: Fans, Conference facilities, DSTV, Television, Wedding Facilities, Housekeeping, Bar, Jacuzzi, Hairdryer, Linen, Towels
Star Grading: Not Rated
Accommodation Type Game Reserve, Guest Lodge, Self-Catering


Pongola, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa
1 Main Road, Nsimbane, Jozini, KwaZulu-Natal, 3969