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  • Spacious guesthouse with tasteful, elegant rooms
  • Friendly hosts will help you get the most out of the wealth of activities in the area
  • Tranquil grounds with plenty of birdlife for a relaxing stay

Hillton Manor Guesthouse

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In Meerensee


-28.763, 32.1198


Hillton Manor is situated an an exclusive cul-de-sac in Meerensee, a delightful coastal suburb of Richards Bay. Set in tranquil surroundings overlooking Lake Mzingazi, the guesthouse is adjacent to a green belt, from where an abundance of birdlife can be spotted, including regular sightings of African fish eagles.

Hillton Manor has six air conditioned, individually decorated en-suite bedrooms, each with DSTV, remote controlled ceiling fans, and wireless internet access. Four of the rooms have magnificent views over Lake Mzingazi. Generous breakfasts are served in the dining room or on the patio, all overlooking the lake and the pool. Guests can relax in the lounge, or the cosy library, or enjoy the outdoors on the patio and swimming pool area. 

Hillton Manor has secure parking, does airport transfers and can arrange car hire. It is in close proximity to the country club and golf course, beaches, shops and the local small crafts harbour, with it's numerous waterfront restaurants. There is a wealth of activities to choose from in and around the area.

The motto of hosts Cynthia and Lytton, 'There are no strangers here, only friends we have not met', speaks volumes about their approach to hospitality. 

Rates & Summary

6 En-Suite Bedrooms

Each sleeps 2 in Queen bed
Each is individually decorated
3 rooms include en-suite shower
3 include en-suite bath & shower
4 have magnificent lake views


  • R 440 pp sharing B&B
  • R 770 single B&B


Full breakfast included
Dinner by arrangement


Kids are welcome at Hillton Manor.
Kids sharing with parents pay only the breakfast charge: R 25 pp
Cots are available.

Why Stay Here?

Hillton Manor offers the discerning traveller privacy and peace, with the Country Club and Golf Course, beaches, shops, and small crafts harbour with its numerous waterfront restaurants, all within close proximity to the Guesthouse. Situated in the culturally rich area of Richards Bay, Hillton Manor offers the luxury of a friendly and relaxing home away from home in tranquil surroundings with a magnificent view over the Mzingazi Lake.


  • Spacious guesthouse with tasteful, elegant rooms
  • Friendly hosts will help you get the most out of the wealth of activities in the area
  • Tranquil grounds with plenty of birdlife for a relaxing stay


All rooms offer privacy and peace.

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming towels, fishing gear, golf clubs, binoculars for bird watching.

Road Conditions

Tarred roads all the way.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming beach - 1km
  • Scuba diving & snorkelling
  • Canoeing, boating
  • Jet-Skiing
  • Cruises - Richards Bay Harbour 
  • Flyfishing
  • Deep sea fishing
  • Walking
  • Bird Watching
  • Horse Riding
  • Golf
  • Tuzi Gazi Waterfront - 1km
  • Country Club & Golf Course - 5km


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • 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)
  • Licensed
  • Braai area available


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

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Library
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • Limited business centre

Access & Convenience

  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 10km
  • Shuttle service available


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted


  • Personal safe
  • 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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