Over and above the extensive list of on-site Activities, Bonamanzi offers a host of nearby attractions for even the most adventurous traveler.
Browse through the gallery and warehouse where you will find the largest collection of traditional Zulu Baskets in the World, as well as Zulu Beadwork, locally woven lamps and shades, floor rugs and hand painted fabrics. They also have a Zulu Cultural Museum and Thembalethu Craft Village.
Emdoneni Lodge Cheetah And Serval Project (± 5km)
Visit the rehab centre for orphaned and injured cheetah, serval cats, caracal and African wild cats. Learn about these animals and see them close up. There are daily feeding sessions as well as an educational talk and tour.
Directions: Take the N2 South (± 14km) Bushlands off ramp (1km on left).
Contact : 035-562 7000
Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Park (± 21km)
The park has a number of picnic facilities with basic ablutions. Hilltop Camp offers spectacular Views and an A la Carte restaurant with buffet breakfast and Sunday lunches. Well worth a visit even if only for a cup of tea on the terrace. There are no credit card facilities at the entrance gate. Please remember to take cash.
The gates are open from 6:00 till 18:00 in the winter (1April to end Oct) and 5:00 till 19:00 in the summer (1st Nov to End March).
Contact: 035 562 0255
Zulu Croc offers a hour and a half, hands-on crocodile and snake experience, bringing these fascinating creatures up close and personal and allowing you to actually feel and touch some of the world’s most feared reptiles. This awesome interactive encounter will no doubt leave you with many unforgettable images and memories.
Dumazulu Kraal (± 1km)
Discover the Zulu way of life with the taste of Zulu beer on your lips and drumbeats echoing in your ears. Observe age old traditions such as spear making, pot making, beadwork, basket weaving and Sangoma bone throwing. The cultural experience culminates with vibrant Zulu dancing, leaving the sound of the drums and the voices of the traditional songs echoing in your ears for days to come.
Contact: 035 562 2260
Come and enjoy an up close and personal meeting with Rambo, Rachel and Jabulani our habituated elephants. One of our knowledgeable rangers will talk you through Rambo and Rachel’s history and provide you with interesting facts about elephants. You will be given opportunity to feed Rambo and Rachel as well as touch Rambo’s ears, behind his tusks, between his legs and even get to feel his tongue! Show starts at 11:00 daily.
Greater St Lucia Wetlands – Boat Tours (± 90km)
This tour includes both the Southern side of the Estuary towards the Estuary Mouth area, as well as passing through the bridge to venture North towards the 1st and 2nd Narrows.
June to November. Boat based whale watching when humpback whale can be seen on their migration route between Madagascar and the Antarctic. The Advantage Charter in St Lucia is a legal permit holder to do boat based whale watching from as close as 50m, 2 hour long tours include a full educational talk about these gigantic mammals. Whales can also be spotted along the shoreline at St Lucia and Cape Vidal.
Mkuze Game Reserve ( ± 50km)
The reserve boasts not only a substantial (now rare) sand forest, but also encompasses the Inhlonhlela and Insumo pans. The reserve has 100km of tourist roads as well as several picnic sites and six hides. Guided day/night game drives are offered as well as curio shop, swimming pool and restaurant facilities.
Contact: 035 573 9001
Sodwana Bay (± 90km)
Adjacent to Africa’s southern-most coral reefs, Sodwana Bay is renowned for sport, fishing, scuba diving and snorkelling. Other attractions include night tours in December and January offering visitors unique opportunities for turtle watching as well as self-guided and conducted walks. This prime destination offers visitors and abundance of activities associated with the diversity of beach and bush. Facilities include, picnic sites, superette and craft market, with basic supplies such as fuel and ice readily available.
Contact: 035 571 0051
Kosi Bay ( ± 2hrs)
Surrounding the most pristine lake system on the South African coast, this reserve is home to a large variety of birds and animals including hippos and crocodiles. Picnic facilities and boat launch access is available from the third lake. A sand track leading to the mouth offers spectacular views of the lakes and the traditional fish kraals in lake one. Snorkeling is a popular activity in this area 4 X 4 vechiles are recommended when visiting the mouth. Supplies are available at the trading town, Manguzi.
Contact: 035 592 0236
Part of St Lucia Lake, False Bay has a variety of habitats such as sand forest, thornveld and open savannah, providing excellent bird watching and game viewing opportunities when taking one of the self guided trails. Boating facilities and the reputation for excellent fishing make this a popular day visitor destination. This part of the lake has been dry for the last 5 years as a result of a prolonged drought reputing in half the average annual rainfall. The park also contains important marine fossils of both animals and coral, which can be viewed in the interpretive centre. Facilities include picnic sites, ablutions and Craft shop with basic supplies.
Contact: 035 562 0425