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  • Resplendent golf estate in the lush tropics of Zululand
  • Incredibly rich birdlife in the area, as well as numerous outdoor interests
  • Guests get full access to the club facilites

Eshowe Hills Eco Golf Estate

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In Eshowe


-28.8966, 31.4719


Eshowe Hills Eco Golf Estate encompasses what was once a small nature reserve, and still has many walks and trails through forest and grassland. Its golf course opened in 1907, was re-designed by Bob Grimsdell in the 1950’s, and recently upgraded by European Masters Champion Jeff Hawkes. The environmental emphasis on the Estate has allowed all areas surrounding the golf course, where feasible, to revert to natural grasslands.

This provides a safe habitat for small animals like hares, bushbuck and duikers, and has attracted many new bird species to the area, as have the five new water features and re-constructed wetlands. One of the resident on the estate was thrilled to spot a Giant Eagle Owl in his garden, in spite of the expert opinion that 'we do not get them here'.

Guests are treated as members of the golf club for the duration of their stay, have full use of the club facilities, and play golf at members rates. The 18-hole course has five water features. It also features a boardwalk that takes golfers from tee to green on the 8th through the canopy of the Dlinza forest at a height of 5m above ground level in places.

The Estate also has six all weather tennis courts, two of them floodlit at night, a tennis clubhouse, two squash courts, a Pro Shop and a driving range.

The house used to be the 'Secretary's Cottage' at the Eshowe Hills Club House, and has been converted into guest accommodation that comprises of three double en-suite bedrooms, and a duplex that has its own well equipped kitchen. It is situated just 300m from the club house and restaurant, and overlooks a small dam that is popular with weavers and water birds. Breakfast is an optional extra at the Club restaurant.



Rates & Summary

3 Self-Catering Bedrooms

Each sleeps 2 in single or 3/4 beds
Each bedroom has en-suite bath
Each has separate entrance
Shared living room with DSTV, microwave and fridge

Self-Catering Duplex

Sleeps 4 in 2 en-suite double bed rooms
1 has shower, 1 has bath & shower 
Open plan kitchen/lounge/dining area
Large verandah
Overlooks dam & the 26th green
Close to the clubhouse facilities


  • R 300 pp sharing
  • R 450 single - double bedroom

Duplex: minimum R 1 000 per night
Over-60s: 20% discount Mon - Thurs


Self-catering with meals on request
Restaurant & bar on the Estate


Children of all ages are welcome.

  • 0 - 11: R 150 pp sharing

Why Stay Here?

Situated on the rolling hills just outside Eshowe, with magnificent views down to the coast, and within 120km of Durban's King Shaka Airport, Eshowe Hills Golf Estate offers not only a unique golfing experience for enthusiasts, but also a base for visitors wishing to explore the historical or natural attractions of beautiful Zululand. Play golf, tennis, and squash any time, enjoy forest walks, and birdwatch to your heart's content in beautiful surroundings.


  • Resplendent golf estate in the lush tropics of Zululand
  • Incredibly rich birdlife in the area, as well as numerous outdoor interests
  • Guests get full access to the club facilites


The duplex offers greater privacy.

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, golf clubs, tennis racquets, squash racquets, bowls, fishing gear, binoculars for bird watching.

Road Conditions

The tarred roads in Eshowe are easily accessed from the N2 motorway.

Activities & Attractions

  • Golf course on site
  • 2 Squash courts 
  • 6 Tennis courts
  • Hiking
  • Dlinza Forest walks
  • Bird watching on Estate
  • Bowls - 2mins away
  • Bass Fishing in Lake Phobane/ Goedetrouw - 10km


Accommodation & Hospitality

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

Catering & Kitchen

  • Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Kitchenette
  • Braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Fridge or minibar
  • Basic cleaning materials


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

Leisure Amenities

  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Good cell phone reception
  • Limited business centre
  • Conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 1km


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted


  • 24 hour security




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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