"Cruising in style at up to 9 knots, Shayamanzi passengers enjoy different anchorages each evening. The boat is fully serviced with a world-class crew who will ensure you delicious meals, a safe cruise, great fishing, game viewing and bird watching of more than 350 species."Roger Blevin, Shayamanzi MD

Shayamanzi II

A 30 meter by 8.6 meter, double pontoon houseboat launched in September 2007. She is a dream cruiser!
  • 3 Levels
  • 6 Air-conditioned, en-suite luxury cabins
  • 4 Air-conditioned, en-suite pontoon cabins
  • 6 Crew
  • 3 Tender boats
  • 12 Seater Jacuzzi
  • Sleeps 20 passengers

There are 6 comfortable luxury cabins, each sleeping 2 passengers, which are en-suite with shower, basin and toilet. The cabins are large and airy with large sliding window doors as your boundary to the water. There are another 4 smaller pontoon en-suite cabins on the lowest deck with two port hole viewing windows. These cabins also have a small seating area, which is convertible for additional bedding for young children.


Please note, the air conditioners are run at specific regulated times.

Typical Routes

Day 1 (Yellow): Tiger Lodge to Hippo Bay.
Day 2 (White): Hippo Bay to Nkwazi Bay.
Day 3 (Blue): Nkwazi Bay to Tiger Lodge.

The Game Reserves surrounding Lake Jozini host many animal species which can be seen in herds from Shayamanzi's decks: White and Black Rhino, Elephant, Buffalo, Hippo, Crocodile, Wildebeest, Giraffe, Zebra, Kudu, Nyala, Bushbuck, Mountain Reedbuck, Common Reedbuck, Red Duiker, Grey Duiker, Waterbuck, Steenbuck, Suni Antelope, Black Backed Jackal, Hyena, Cheetah, Wild Dog, Cerval Cat, Warthog, Bushpig, Banded Mongoose, Legavaan, Terrapin and the occasional sighting of Leopard which roam the slopes of the Lebombo Mountain Range.

The muddy plains and reed banks provide excellent breeding grounds for the waterbirds which can be seen in thousands - Whistling Duck, Yellowbilled Storks, Spurwing and Egyptian Geese, Commorants, various Herons, Kingfishers, and several Fish Eagles.

Along the entire Western bank is the magnificent Lebombo Mountain Range. One of the evening anchorages may be a night in the Gorge. Here the Mountains rise either side of you, covered in indigenous cycads and ferns and where the glo-flies make a spectacular show along the shoreline.

Other overnight anchorages are in the River and at Mosquito Bay; both great fishing areas and very well positioned for game viewing.