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  • Comfortable accommodation, well located for exploring the area
  • Magnificent birding in the region, and a short stroll from the Dhlinza Forest canopy boardwalk
  • Trampoline, tennis court and pool for the kids, and bass fishing nearby

Birds of Paradise B&B

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In Eshowe

 

-28.8836, 31.4585

About

Located in southern Zululand, the small town of Eshowe’s biggest claim to fame is arguably the Dhlinza Forest, a 250ha area of forest uniquely situated within the urban centre and known for its variety of rare bird and plant species. Birds of Paradise is well located on the fringes of this oasis and has rooms that look out onto leafy gardens that attract more than 35 species of forest birds.

In particular, the patios of the two forest-view rooms on the first floor are wonderful places to sit and survey this pretty scene with binoculars in hand, while the ground floor rooms lead out onto the gardens. For a more than reasonable price, guests will enjoy the luxuries of DStv, wireless internet and King-size beds with fine percale linen.

Two rooms are equipped for self-catering and are ideal for families, sleeping either three adults or two adults and two children. For those not in the mood for cooking, the same bed-and-breakfast and dinner-bed-and-breakfast options that are available in the other rooms are on offer too, with the guesthouse providing filling and tasty breakfasts and dinners. Alternatively, barbeques can be enjoyed in the braai area. 

If you or the kids are feeling active but don’t feel like venturing too far, the trampoline, tennis court and swimming pool on the premises will burn off the energy. Only 800 metres away is the Dhlinza canopy boardwalk, which takes you 125 metres through the forest understorey and ends at a high viewing platform perched above the canopy of large trees.

Walking trails allow easy access to Dhlinza for visitors and are best undertaken in the early morning as the forest resonates with bird calls. The guesthouse can arrange a packed breakfast for these early starts, to be eaten at one of the shaded picnic sites in the forest. At the epicentre of the Zululand birding route, the forest is home to rare specials such as the spotted thrush, Delegorgues pigeon, narina trogon, green coucal and green twinspot. Look out for the variety of mammal and butterfly species that also live here.

The forest was used as a burial site for the Zulu dead during the Anglo-Zulu War, and these and other interesting snippets about the area can be learnt about at various museums close to the guest house. Remember to pack your golf clubs to enjoy a round at Eshowe’s nine-hole course, and bring along your fishing rod to have a crack at the big bass that lurk in Phobane Lake. Your hosts will point you to some of the best attractions in this region of battlefields, culture and wilderness.

Rates & Summary


8 Double Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in King/twin beds
En-suite shower
Private balcony or patio
Forest views

2 Self-catering Rooms

Each sleeps either 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children
King/twin beds plus sleeper couch
En-suite shower
B&B and DBB options available

Pricing

For pricing detail, click on CHECK AVAILABILITY & BOOK ONLINE above

Catering

Continental and English breakfast included
Dinner at extra cost

Kids

Children of all ages welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Birds of Paradise is a cosy bed and breakfast and self-catering establishment in Eshowe, KwaZulu-Natal. Here guests will enjoy quiet surroundings, a homely atmosphere and friendly service. The guesthouse has a magnificent garden adjoining the indigenous Dhlinza Forest, a nature lover’s paradise. The tennis court, swimming pool and trampoline will keep people of all ages entertained.

Summary

  • Comfortable accommodation, well located for exploring the area
  • Magnificent birding in the region, and a short stroll from the Dhlinza Forest canopy boardwalk
  • Trampoline, tennis court and pool for the kids, and bass fishing nearby

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, mountain bike, binoculars for bird watching.

Road Conditions

All roads leading to the guest house are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Tennis Court
  • Trampoline
  • Dhlinza aerial forest boardwalk

Nearby: golf, squash, canoeing, bass fishing, forest walks, game reserves, Zululand birding route, battlefield tours, various museums, traditional crafts.

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

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

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast (dinner by arrangement)
  • No Restaurant
  • Kitchenette
  • Braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Electric stove
  • Hot Plates
  • Fridge or minibar

Utilities

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

Leisure Amenities

  • No gym available
  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

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

Access & Convenience

  • No babysitting
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km
  • No shuttle service available

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

Security

  • Personal safe

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Zululand & the Battlefields

KwaZulu Natal

About

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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