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  • Tranquil town guesthouse makes a great base for exploring the numerous wild offerings of the region
  • Pool, jacuzzi, braai and large garden to ensure time spent at the guesthouse is relaxing
  • Spacious, comfortable rooms and personal service

Ama Zulu Guesthouse

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In Hluhluwe


-28.0135, 32.2711


A tastefully-decorated guest house filled with the magic of Africa, Ama Zulu offers the intimate charm of a bed and breakfast, while being in close proximity to some of Kwazulu-Natal’s top natural attractions. The guest house is an ideal base for guests who want to explore the Big Five paradise of the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, and is equally well-positioned for day trips to the spectacular iSimangaliso Wetland Park and the unspoilt northern Kwazulu-Natal coastline. 

Location isn’t the only box that can be ticked, as the accommodation is luxurious and well-appointed, the service is personal and the facilities are comprehensive. 

The six individually-decorated guest rooms are spacious and stylish, with ample comfort provided by air conditioning, satellite televisions, wireless internet, hairdryers, mini fridges, tea/coffee facilities, gowns and safes. Most of the bathrooms have the indulgence of double basins, while swimming towels are available for those who to make use of the guest house swimming pool. The patios open directly onto a manicured garden, where some of the area’s prolific birdlife can be encountered.

While most of the four double rooms have Queen-size beds, the Honeymoon Suite, decorated in a romantic black and red colour scheme, steps up the luxury with an opulent King-size bed to disappear in. A deep freestanding bathtub and large walk-in shower in the en-suite bathroom adds to the opulence of this dreamy room.

The other double rooms, named after wild animals, have either an en-suite bath and shower or shower only, so guests can choose according to their preferences. Although the rooms are equally stylish, colour schemes vary from earthy hues in Kudu, to elegant silver and white in Nyala, rich black, white and brown in Cheetah and muted gold in Lion.

Families are welcome at Ama Zulu, and will be very comfortable in the classically elegant family suite, which sleeps four guests in spacious rooms with King-size beds that can be converted into twins.

The quiet surroundings ensure that sleep is not hard to come by, and after waking up refreshed, guests head to the dining room for their choice of either a Continental or Full English breakfast. Those planning to make an early start to explore the surrounding attractions can request a packed breakfast the night before, while picnic baskets filled with tasty goodies can also be arranged. Guests can either embark on guided tours of Hluhluwe-Imfolozi, being picked up from the guest house, or head out on their own steam. 

The reserve is home to all members of the Big Five and an abundance of other critters, big and small, making for a fantastic safari experience. A short drive away, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park is a watery paradise where boat cruises, horse riding, turtle tours and ocean adventures are all on the cards. To truly round off the experience, visit a Zulu village to get a fascinating taste of the area’s rich culture. 

Returning to the guest house after a busy day, time spent in the Jacuzzi or swimming pool is an ideal way to relax and recharge. On request, the day can be brought to a close in true African spirit: with a braai under the stars.

Rates & Summary

Honeymoon Suite

Sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite bath, shower, double basins
Patio opening onto garden

Kudu Suite

Sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
En-suite shower, double basins
Patio opening onto garden

Cheetah Suite

Sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
En-suite bath, shower, double basins
Patio opening onto garden

Lion Suite

Sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
En-suite bath, shower, double basins
Patio opening onto garden

Nyala Suite

Sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
En-suite bath, shower, double basins
Patio opening onto pool and garden

Family Suite

Sleeps 4 in 2 King/twin rooms
Bathroom with bath and shower
Patio opening onto pool and garden


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Continental or English breakfast included
Dinner on request


Children of all ages are welcome.
Babysitting available.

Why Stay Here?

Situated in the village of Hluhluwe, Ama Zulu Guesthouse offers luxurious bed and breakfast accommodation in a tranquil setting close to the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve and the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Guests will enjoy the African-styled luxury of the individually-decorated guest rooms, and can complete the safari experience by visiting the nearby Big Five game reserves, before returning for a braai. The large garden has plenty of outdoor relaxation areas, along with a pool and Jacuzzi.


  • Tranquil town guesthouse makes a great base for exploring the numerous wild offerings of the region
  • Pool, jacuzzi, braai and large garden to ensure time spent at the guesthouse is relaxing
  • Spacious, comfortable rooms and personal service

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, insect repellent, fishing gear, binoculars for game viewing and bird/whale watching and dolphin spotting.

Road Conditions

All roads leading to the guest house are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Nearby: game viewing, game walks, Zulu cultural experiences, arts and crafts, beaches, whale watching, turtle viewing, scuba diving, snorkelling, fishing, boat cruises, canoeing,  forest walks.


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Iron and ironing board available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast (dinner by arrangement)
  • No Restaurant
  • Braai area available
  • Fridge or minibar


  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • No business centre
  • No conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Not wheelchair friendly
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km
  • No shuttle service available


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted




Elephant Coast

KwaZulu Natal


On the eastern seaboard of South Africa, the wild country of the Elephant Coast presses up against the Indian Ocean in the east, Mozambique in the north and Zululand to the south and west. Here, the bright lights of the city are nowhere to be seen, replaced by night skies as unpolluted as nature created them.

The area was named for the elephants that once roamed here in great numbers, hunted for their tusks until they had all but disappeared. Luckily this has been turned around and elephants can once again be seen in many of the region’s game reserves, along with the rest of the Big 5.

Made up of extensive commercial farms, private game farms and government game reserves, the Elephant Coast is still relatively untouched by modernity. It incorporates vast expanses of wilderness, including an internationally renowned World Heritage Site, the 328000ha Isimangaliso Wetland Park. It is also home to Africa’s oldest game reserve, the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, founded in 1895.

The area is a must-visit for ecologically minded tourists; there is far more to see than just the two flagship reserves. Fortunate tourists can see the Big 5, scuba dive with whale sharks or manta rays, watch turtles laying their eggs, fish for tigerfish, and ride horses on the beach or through the bush. It’s a region that is rich in diversity.

Ndumo Game Reserve and Tembe Elephant Reserve are both on the border with Mozambique and offer unique experiences for twitchers and pachyderm fans.

Tembe now boasts herds of elephants that are noted for their impressive tusks, and it’s one of the better places in South Africa to get good sightings and photographs of these animals.

Ndumo is best known for its birding. Species such as the narina trogon, palm-nut vulture and green twinspot can be seen in the forests of figs and other beautiful trees. Healthy populations of hippo and crocodile lurk in the pans and rivers.

KosiBay, a reserve protecting a series of shallow coastal lakes and all that lives in and around them, offers excellent fishing. There are also fascinating cultural and wildlife walks and birding opportunities. In season, one can watch turtles as they lay eggs or hatch from them.

Also on the coast is Sodwana Bay, yet another conservation area run by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife. It’s a mecca for scuba divers and snorkelers from all over the world.

Sodwana holds beneath its waters coral reefs that are home to an estimated 1 200 fish species. These include the prehistoric coelacanth, as well as sharks and other fish.

Lake Sibaya is another attraction, although one that has failed to attain the popularity it deserves. The largest fresh-water lake in South Africa, Sibaya is home to thousands of waterbirds. Game is plentiful along its shores and crocodiles stalk its clear water.

The Jozini, or Pongolapoort, Dam offers a wonderful blend of sport fishing with game viewing. The river itself is also home to healthy populations of tigerfish.

Look out for

Isimangaliso Wetland Park – this World Heritage Site is amazingly diverse and deserves at least a few days of your time. Go for a boat cruise on the estuary, a game drive through the bush, and a hike along the shores of Lake St Lucia.

Sodwana Bay – take advantage of one of the world’s top scuba diving spots. Beginners can go on courses or snorkel; while more experienced divers have a number of reefs to choose from.

Birdwatching – the entire Elephant Coast is home to bountiful birdlife, although there are a few hot spots. The pans of Mkhuze Game Reserve play host to pelicans and all sorts of other birdlife. Over 420 bird species have been recorded in the riverine forest, woodland and savannahs of the park. Ndumo Game Reserve has an even better record, with more than 430 species recorded, the most for anywhere in South Africa. Beautiful, fever tree-lined pans are home to specials such as Pel’s fishing owl, broadbill and black egret.

Fishing – the Elephant Coast’s Jozini Dam is one of the few places in South Africa where anglers can try their luck at landing the tigerfish, one of the most ferocious, toothy fish in the world. If salt-water fishing is preferred, Kosi Bay is a popular and exceptional fishery, while deep-sea charters also operate from St Lucia.

Turtle tours – St Lucia is probably the best place in the country to go on an organised turtle watching tour. While sightings can’t be guaranteed, you have a good chance of seeing leatherback and loggerhead turtles laying eggs or hatching. Community guides at Kosi Bay also offer turtle watching tours that are very worthwhile.

Game view – the Elephant Coast is still home to a healthy population of big tuskers, especially in Tembe Elephant Park. A good sighting of these animals will stay with you for the rest of your life. The Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve is internationally famous for saving the white rhino from extinction, and it remains one of the best places in the world to view this docile behemoth. The rest of the Big 5 can also be seen here, along with many other interesting animals.

Hike – while some areas require a guide (especially the Big 5 parks), there are some exceptional walking trails on the Elephant Coast. Almost all game reserves will offer day trails, while a trail with a difference can be enjoyed at Kosi bay. Here you can wander around the Kosi Mouth estuary, inspecting the primitive fish traps and watching locals at work spearing their catch. 

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