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  • Elegant and comfortable guesthouse in the relaxing holiday town of Mtunzini
  • Lush grounds set in a verdant, tranquil neighbourhood with abundant birdlife
  • Heart of the Zululand Birding Route, and numerous other outdoor pursuits nearby

Baton Rouge on Sea

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In Mtunzini


-28.9603, 31.7508


Baton Rouge on Sea  is an elegantly furnished bed and breakfast situated high on a residential ridge, with great views over the Indian Ocean and Umlalazi Lagoon. As you enter the establishment with its antiques and soft floral patterns, its old-fashioned charm will make you feel as if you are visiting family and you will feel right at home.

The two elegant, air-conditioned rooms offer either a sea view or sea and river view. Weather permitting, which is usually the case, breakfast is served on the patio in the lovely garden. A sparkling pool completes the picture. A security fence with remote-controlled gate access encircles the entire property, providing total security for guests and their vehicles. The nearest shops and restaurants are two minutes’ drive away, and the beach just five minutes away.

Mtunzini is an hour away from the Hlululuwe/Umfolozi Game Reserve. Half an hour further north is the St Lucia Wetland Park, a World Heritage site, where the scuba diving is breathtaking and you can take a Hippo Cruise or enjoy dolphin and whale watching. Eshowe, close inland, offers an aerial boardwalk, high up in the forest canopy, a must for the avid bird watcher. A visit to Fort Nongquai in Eshowe and Shakaland Zulu cultural village is also well worth the time. A fully qualified safari and tour guide can be arranged, and airport transfers and all local tours can be facilitated.

Rates & Summary

2 Double En-Suite Bedrooms

Each sleeps 2 in Double/Twin beds
Bathroom with shower 
Each has private entrance
Sea views, one also has river view


  • R 450 pp sharing B&B


Breakfast included


  • 0 - 4: stay for free
  • 5 - 12ys: 50% of the adult rate

Why Stay Here?

Baton Rouge on Sea  is an elegantly furnished bed and breakfast situated high on a residential ridge, with spectacular views, excellent security, and an old-fashioned charm that will make you feel right at home. With lots of local activities on offer, the B&B is also convenient for day trips to nearby attractions, game parks and nature reserves. With temperatures that never fall below 17ºC, Baton Rouge on Sea in Mtunzini is perfectly located in the heart of the Zululand Birding Route, with beautiful views of the Indian Ocean and Umlalazi Lagoon, and the beach just a 5 minute drive away.


  • Elegant and comfortable guesthouse in the relaxing holiday town of Mtunzini
  • Lush grounds set in a verdant, tranquil neighbourhood with abundant birdlife
  • Heart of the Zululand Birding Route, and numerous other outdoor pursuits nearby

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, walking shoes, hat, swimming towels, fishing gear, mountain bike, binoculars for bird watching, dolphin and whale spotting.

Road Conditions

The roads in Mtunzini are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming
  • Beach activities
  • Bird-watching
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking trails
  • 4X4 trails
  • Mountain biking
  • Mtunzini golf course 
  • Squash, tennis, bowls


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast
  • Braai area available
  • Microwave oven


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

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception

Access & Convenience

  • Wheelchair friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 1km
  • Shuttle service can be arranged


  • Credit cards not accepted
  • EFT accepted


  • Personal safe




Zululand & the Battlefields

KwaZulu Natal


It was from the bush and grassland of northern KwaZulu-Natal that the impis of King Shaka emerged, sweeping down onto the other tribes of the hinterland and eventually engaging the British forces and shaking the very roots of the Empire. At the height of its power, the Zulu nation covered 30 000km2, but 60 years after it was first formed, its reign was over. In those 60 years, the Zulus shaped the future of the country and were engaged in battles with the Boers and the British, but these were not the only bloody conflicts in the region. 

After the Zulu empire was broken, the English and the Boers fought for control of South Africa, with many battles taking place in Natal. While the best-known battles in the area are undoubtedly Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, as well as the siege of Ladysmith, there is fascinating history to be had at countless other ones. 

The beauty of the scenery clashes harshly with the devastating past, while the rough terrain makes one wonder how the machines of war were manhandled across the country, and how the Zulu impis managed to cover such vast distances in a single day, barefoot.

The regions of Zululand and the Battlefields merge together and are hard to separate, stretching from the northern and western KwaZulu-Natal borders to the towns of Ladysmith and Colenso in the south and towards the Elephant Coast in the east.

Zululand has managed to remain largely unaffected by industrial expansion and much of it remains farmland, timber plantations and rural wilderness, including beautiful Big-Five game reserves and grasslands. 

On the other hand there is the industrial hub of Richards Bay, the largest port in South Africa.

Tourism revolves around the natural beauty and diversity, as well as the haunting battlefields on which so many lost their lives and which are simply fascinating to visit, especially with a knowledgeable guide, of which there are a few.

Since this is the birthplace of the Zulu nation, it is also the place to come to grips with Zulu tradition, culture and history.

A number of cultural experiences exist, where tourists can become immersed in the local tradition and culture, learning a huge amount and enjoying themselves even more.

A few reserves in the region offer good game-viewing, from Weenen and Spioenkop in the south up to Ithala in the north. The diverse ecosystem means that hundreds of bird species are present, and a few notable bird-watching spots include the Dlinza and Ongoye forests, as well as the wetlands of Richards Bay.

An area as large and diverse will always have an almost endless array of attractions, and Zululand and the Battlefields are no different, from fishing in Richards Bay to horse-riding, mountain-biking, game-viewing and bird-watching. There is even a brewery to lighten the spirits when the history gets a little heavy.

Look out for

Zululand Brewery in Eshowe is a great place to pop in for a relaxing Zulu Blonde Export Ale, a beer that has won awards and rave reviews internationally. While you’re sitting at The Happy George Bar, ask around for recommendations on what’s new to do in the area.

The Dlinza and Ongoye Forests are serious birding hotspots and both are easily accessible. In fact, the Dlinza aerial boardwalk is something that even non-birders will enjoy and appreciate.

Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift are the two seminal battlefields in the Battlefields tour and are both intensely fascinating and moving. A good guide is invaluable in bringing them to life. Ulundi and Blood River are also well worth visiting, giving different insights into the bloodshed that shaped this land.

Take a hike up Majuba or Spioenkop mountains, both of which offer sensational views in addition to stirring battlefield history. The historic O’Neills cottage, where a peace treaty was signed to end the first Anglo-War, lies at the base of Majuba.

The majestic Ithala Game Reserve in the very north of KwaZulu-Natal offers good game-viewing and bird-watching, as well as epic scenery of mountains and valleys. While there is a variety of accommodation, the pick of it is undoubtedly the bush camps that can be booked out for your group.

Every year the Zulu nation holds the Reed Ceremony near the eNyokeni Royal residence in Nongoma north of Melmoth, thousands of maidens gathering to pay their respect to their king. This happens in spring and visitors from all over the world come to watch the women dance and sing to King Goodwill Zwelithini in his ceremonial regalia.

The eMakhosini Ophate Heritage Park should not be missed by anyone with a sense of history. It is the birthplace of the Zulu clan and what is known as the Valley of the Kings. The Spirit of eMakhosini memorial and an educational multimedia centre are worth a visit, and there is also game, including the rare oribi antelope and black rhino.

Immerse yourself in the Zulu culture at a place like Shakaland and watch Zulu dancing, ask a sangoma (witch doctor) for his sage advice, sample traditional Zulu beer, listen to singing and perhaps try out a few simple phrases for yourself. Arts and crafts are also on sale and make wonderful gifts and souvenirs.

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