If you love the tranquil serenity of open lakes and first-class hotel stays, then a trip to Lake Jozini is just what you need to unwind.
One of the lake’s main attractions is the Shayamanzi Houseboats. The boats, which were the first of its kind in South Africa, can be likened to a luxury hotel on water.
The Shayamanzi II is a three-level boat with six air-conditioned, en-suite luxury cabins and four en-suit pontoon cabins.
The boat, which sleeps 20 passengers, also has a 12-seater jacuzzi!
It’s predecessor, the Shayamanzi I, made its debut in 2002 and is equally stunning.
Once you are onboard one of the houseboats, you can expect nothing but world class service.
The well-trained crew members will attend to your every need - all you have to do it sit back and soak up the stunning scenery as your “hotel on water” makes its way along Lake Jozini.
Some of the routes the houseboats typically explore are Tiger Lodge to Hippo Bay, Hippo Bay to Nkwazi Bay, Nkwazi Bay to Tiger Lodge.
You will have one of the best views in town of the game reserves that surround the lake, including the Pongola Game Reserve, and the beautiful Lebombo Mountains.
Some of the wildlife you are likely to spot on the shores of Lake Jozini include hippo and crocodile.
From the decks of the Shayamanzi houseboats, guests will get a great view of herds of elephants, wildebeest, giraffes, zebras, buffalo, white and black rhino, and so much more.
If you are lucky enough, the leopards that roam the slopes of the Lebombo Mountain range might make an appearance.
From game viewing to bird watching, here’s a look at some of the activities you and your family can enjoy when you are not relaxing on deck:
- Tiger Fishing: the ferocious Tiger Fish, an African game fish in Lake Jozini - the only water in South Africa where the fighting Tiger Fish is found.
- Mountain Biking adventure.
- Game Viewing in the Pongola Game Reserve and Pongola Nature Reserve which surround Lake Jozini.
- Explore the Lebombo Mountain Range: indigenous cycads and ferns.
- Birdwatching – The reed banks are breeding grounds for waterbirds: Whistling Duck, Yellowbilled Storks, Spurwing, Egyptian Geese, Commorants, Herons, Kingfishers, and Fish Eagles.
Shayamanzi also offers onboard executive conferencing.
Pack up your family and cruise the waters of Lake Jozini aboard one of these magnificent houseboats. You won’t regret it.
Visit www.shayamanzi.co.za for more information.
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