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Valentines Day approaching!

The greatest playwright of all time and writer of some of the greatest love poems of our age knew there was a link between nature and love – and we have experienced this time and time again aboard our Shayamanzi houseboats. We’ve been privileged to share in some of our passengers’ most joyful moments – marriage proposals, honeymoons, first wedding …

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Our First Bachelorette Party!

Welcome to 2016! We hope you all are ready for the challenges of the New Year and hope that most of you had a fantastic break. What a wonderful time we had! We had our very 1st bachelorette! Celiwe, we wish you a wonderful life with your hubby!

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From the Captain’s Deck

From the Captain’s Deck It is the season to be merry for a number of reasons – not least of which is that year-end is a time to hang up your hat, recharge your batteries and take time out to not only recover from the stresses and strains of a challenging year, but also to reflect on the many possibilities …

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Berg and Bush 3 day Descent

Shayamanzi MD Roger Blevin took part in the Berg & Bush 3 day descent from 9 to 11 October, starting at the border post on the top of the Drakensberg Mountain, and heading towards Em’seni Camp along on the banks of the Tugela River. The race winds down some seriously riveting single track to Winterton. This is what Roger had …

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Tiger Fishing at Jozini Dam

Captain Adam’s Fishing Report & Tips Adam doing what he does best! Tiger fish can swim up to 48km per hour, a strong fighting fish, with 13 teeth on the upper jaw and 13 teeth on the lower jaw. The last month’s fishing has been very good with the biggest Tigers landed, 4.5kg. The others averaged 2.5kg. We were catching …

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‘Tis the merry month of May

On the Shayamanzi, ‘tis the merry month of May – a time when we honour our mothers and appreciate the cooler African autumn. As with most getaways in South Africa, April (with Easter and its many public holidays) was a busy month for our Shayamanzi houseboats. That’s why May is a far more contemplative month when those who prefer to …

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Fishing Report by Scott Perry

The fishing has been extremely good the last couple of months with several hundred Tigers being caught. The water clarity in the main dam and gorge is very clear, and was a little brown in the river as a result of some of the rain we had early December, but this has also cleared up. The air temp has been …

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A unique South African Experience

“Call it a clan, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one!” – Jane Howard On-board Shayamanzi, April is the month that we celebrate the family! After a frenetic start to 2015, we have the first chance to stop, catch our breath and spend some quality time with those who …

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Meet Our Shipshape Chef

Q&A with Mike Phiri Your first name: Mike Your surname: Phiri Do you have a “nickname”? Chef What is your current job title? Chef aboard Shayamanzi Are you single / married? Married If married – do you have any children & how old are they? One son 8 years old Where do you grow up & do your schooling? Malawi …

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Ride the Mountain Biking wave

Shayamanzi has teamed up with White Elephant Lodge to offer our guests the privilege of providing guided mountain biking rides on the Pongola Game Reserve. Pongola Game Reserve, the first proclaimed game reserve in Africa, is host to four of the ‘Big 5’ species. Wildlife includes buffalo, elephant, rhino, leopard, hyena, giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, warthog, 12 different antelope species, over …