Shayamanzi Houseboats


Experience the first Houseboats in South Africa – the only ones of their kind. Onboard Shayamanzi Houseboats, soak up the stunning scenery of the Lebombo Mountains and superb wildlife of the Pongola Game Reserve on the shores of Lake Jozini (also known as Pongolapoort Dam). Enjoy the calm serenity of the open Lake Jozini waters, the thrill of Tiger Fishing or the adventure of Mountain Biking in the heart of the Zululand bushveld! Shayamanzi is about taking time out to appreciate Africa’s special wonders.


Lake Jozini

Unique African Experiences

Tiger Fishing

Lake Jozini is the only water in South Africa where you find the ferocious fighting Tiger Fish, an African game fish, which thrills you as it jumps out the water, throwing its head from side to side trying to get off your line.


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Game Viewing

Lake Jozini is surrounded by the Pongola Game Reserve and Pongola Nature Reserve, which provide spectacular game viewing from the water’s edge. The Game Reserves are teaming with a large variety of wildlife.


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Mountain Biking

If you’re looking for a mountain biking adventure with a difference, why not try our new biking package that is offered as part of the Shayamanzi Houseboats experience on Lake Jozini?


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Corporate Getaways

Shayamanzi Houseboats make for a unique executive conference venue cruising Lake Jozini. All relevant conference requirements can be arranged and there is cell phone signal everywhere ensuring access to the office at all times.


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Special Occasions

There is no better way to celebrate your special occasion than cruising Lake Jozini with Shayamanzi Houseboats, surrounded by your friends and family. Speciality Shayamanzi cakes are available on request, made with love and care by our onboard chefs.


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Bush Dining

A starlit table setting is nestled within the surrounding bush, merely footsteps away from the Shayamanzi Houseboats. Savour a four course dinner, beside ancient trees, prepared on an open fire and enjoyed beneath starlit skies.


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  • Loved it, Great animals, awesome food and sooo relaxing! Thanks so much guys.

    John & Kay Dunlop- Cairns, Austrailia
  • 2 Rad for Mom & Dad! Was Great.. Thank you Shayamanzi. And to the tiger that got away – I will be back!

    Charles, 29/12/2012
  • Lovely two days, pity too short. Great break excellent food & company, compliments to the crew for great service & hospitality.

    Estelle, Rees and Leon Reddinghuys, Potchefstroom
  • The service was excellent and the food was great, most relaxing time we have had in a while. Thanks guys

    Franz & Marie Prinsloo, Capetown
  • Best holiday EVER. Thank you for an amazing time we loved our two nights on the boat, wish we could stay longer. We will be back for sure.

    Wez, Levi & Carmen Blumrick
  • Absolute spoil of note! Thank you fantastic food and service. Missed the big “owe” but will be back again some day. Plenty Tigers.

    Peter and Cindy Gauge
  • Great and relaxing, fantastic food and 100% perfect service. Some good fihsing too! Thanks for an awesome time.

    Peter, Aubrey, Jason & Daniel
  • Had a fantastic weekend! the food and the service was excellent as usual.

    The Bell Production Team
  • Thank you for all the wonderful food and fishing we had a great 3 days, and will be back soon!

    Christopher Beach, AKA Storyteller
  • Captain & Crew : Thank you very much for a wonderful experience, Birthday Cake and all! Next time we hope for some “tigers”. Excellent service.

    De Villiers & Dreyers, Ermelo
  • I can certainly recommend the Shayamanzi Houseboat as a pretty unique and enjoyable offsite experience. I specifically selected the houseboat as it promised and certainly did enable a small but senior management team to combine some long business sessions with some light hearted fun. Having everybody on board the boat was especially useful as it forced constant contact of senior management team who were being merged from competing businesses which served as a catalyst to constructive debate. The conferencing facilities were informal but more than adequate for our purposes and the food and staff were excellent. A huge thank you to Kim for her arrangements and hospitality.

    Ian van Schoor, Liberty and Stanlib
  • The cruise on the Shayamanzi II was fabulous. Bramson and his crew are excellent hosts. It was such a relaxing afternoon, evening and morning on the boat, especially after the hectic schedule of Indaba. The meals were delicious, and I must say, the tiger fishing was a highlight for me.

    This was my first time to Kwa Zulu Natal and I was impressed. Previous to Indaba and the post-tour, I had not heard or seen much about the area. I feel in combination with a safari, the area has much to offer, especially variety. Highlighting the wildlife visible on the lake would also be good.

    I will certainly recommend Shayamanzi to my clients. Wilde Journeys is a brand new company, so getting established is going to take some time. But, I’ll love every moment of promoting South Africa.

    Denise Nieman – Wilde Journeys , Lindale
  • Our stay at the Shayamanzi Houseboat this May was a unique experience, which was, among other things, due to the friendliness and professionalism of the staff, who was going that extra mile to pamper us. We saw some amazing wildlife.. The suite I stayed in was absolutely beautiful, giving me lots of cosy space and light. The food was excellent.
    There was plenty of entertainment, e.g. whirlpool, TV & karaoke facilities and books/magazines. In short, it was wonderful.

    I would like to thank you very much for this absolutely lovely and recommendable experience.

    Sabine Franzke, South African Embassy – Berlin
  • Thank you for a fantastic 3 nights stay on our first trip to South Africa & our first fishing trip. We had a bast, and caught a whooping 13 fish!! See you next time.

    Jim & Hele McPhee, Gold Coast Australia