Cruises starting from R2360 pp per night*

*Terms & Conditions, Inclusions, Boat Specifications Apply.



Superb crew, fully serviced accommodation, game viewing and tiger fishing from skippered tender boats, fishing rod and tackle, fuel and diesel, transfers from Jozini Tiger Lodge to the Houseboats, secure vehicle parking at Jozini Tiger Lodge.

Drinks, lunch on day of arrival, optional staff gratuity



Superb crew, game viewing, fuel and diesel, transfers from Jozini Tiger Lodge to the Houseboats, secure vehicle parking at Jozini Tiger Lodge, welcome drink, on arrival, Brunch / Lunch / Snacks, tea and coffee.

Drinks, lunch on day of arrival, optional staff gratuity

What to expect onboard Shayamanzi

  • A uniquely memorable experience enjoying the best of nature from the luxury of our houseboats while cruising across the 16 000 ha of open water.
  • Excellent Game Viewing and Bird Watching especially in the early morning and late afternoon. You might be fortunate to see black or white rhino, elephant, giraffe, zebra, hippo, crocodile, warthog, buck, a variety of bird life or the fireflies when you are moored in the gorge at night. This is truly a Birders Paradise with over 400 species.
  • Tiger fishing, in the river and gorge.
  • A crew who will take care of your every need.
  • The most delicious meals and snacks with bottomless tea and coffee served throughout the day.
  • A festive bar and great music for all tastes.
  • Weather dependent, an evening of drinks on the lakeside around a bonfire.
  • A real South African braai (barbeque) on the aft deck under the starlit African skies.
  • A jacuzzi, fantastic opportunities for photography, conferencing or relaxing!
  • Diverse scenery and landscaping including; the Lebombo Mountains, Swaziland, the Pongola River.
  • Historical richness - The Lebombo Mountains are home to Dingaan’s Grave and Border Cave; a Middle Stone Age site.
  • All of our cabins have fans and in the upper cabins there are extra length beds. The cabins on Shayamanzi ll are all air-conditioned.

How to make a Booking?

  • Bookings are made per boat charter or per cabin, from 6 passengers to 20 passengers if hiring entire boat.
  • Bookings are also available for couples or smaller parties on non-exclusive trips. The cruise is guaranteed only with a minimum of 6 passengers.
  • We suggest a minimum of a 2 night stay but the ideal number of nights are 3.
  • Our cruises are great for family fun and are best suited to children over the age of 5 years.
  • A dietary requirement and a preferred drinks list will be sent to you on reservation so that we may cater to your specific requirements.
  • Where To Board?

  • Shayamanzi Houseboats now operate from Jozini Tiger Lodge. Enjoy a warm welcome and delicious lunch on their pool deck overlooking the houseboats and Jozini Gorge.
  • Jozini Tiger Lodge has ample secure parking space for vehicles and trailers.
  • GPS Co-ordinates: S27 25.212/E32 03.897
  • Setting Sail

  • Shayamanzi cruises off for her evening mooring and passengers are free to enjoy the afternoon's activities of game viewing and tiger fishing once the houseboat has moored.
  • Daily Meals

    • Breakfast : Each day, a continental style breakfast is offered from early in the morning, with a hearty brunch served after fishing with bottomless tea and coffee. Snacks are served during the day.
    • Lunch: Lunch is light affair and is served around 13h00. Lunch on day of arrival is not included, but may be enjoyed at the Jozini Tiger Lodge.
    • Dinner: Dinner is served around 19h00, 3 courses and the last night of the cruise is a traditional South African Braai.
    • We charge 'per person per day' for meals. The reason for charging for meals separately is because some exclusive charters are for 8 people and some for 12 people etc. Please see rate docs for relevant meal costs.

    What Happens on the day of departure?

  • The Captain will arrange your drinks and activities account, which is to be settled before you leave either by cash or credit card.
  • Departure time from the Houseboat is 10h00.
  • When is the best time to book?


    • Idyllic Cruising Season - May to August
      Excellent Game Viewing and Bird Watching. Fishing active on trawl, in the river and gorge. Magnificent, cooler, calmer weather. Hot Jacuzzi all day long! Fantastic time for photography, conferencing and relaxing!

    • Prime Tiger Fishing Season - September to April
      Hot! Exciting thrill of Tiger Fishing. Game Viewing excellent in the early morning and late afternoons. Jacuzzi as you like it! Beers ice cold!

    What to pack?

  • Sunscreen, camera, swim suits, hat, binoculars, your favourite board games...
  • Preferably use a soft carry bag due to limited space for suitcase storage.
  • Climate

    • There really is not a bad time to visit, as the climate is subtropical with a tendency to become hot and humid in the high summer from October to February.
    • The best time to visit Zululand is from March to June when we experience what we term our "champagne weather" the days are warm yet dry with low humidity and no wind. Temperatures in Summer are on average 35°C.
    • Winters are very mild from min 10°C and averaging at 22°C.
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    We Supply

  • All linen, bath towels, Jacuzzi towels
  • Soap, shampoo and 2 ply toilet paper
  • Fishing rods and tackle
  • Filtered drinking water - bottled water can be purchased from the bar
  • Self-Catering

    Self-catering options are available on exclusive charters;

    • Shayamanzi also allows guests to bring their own favourite food. The onboard Chefs are on hand to prepare and serve all meals for you.
    • Guests can also bring all their own drinks. Shayamanzi provides fridges, barmen and a limited amount of ice per cruise. Additional ice will be for the guests’ account.
      Corkage fees will apply