Located on Lake Jozini (also known as Pongolapoort Lake) .
Where to board:
The Shayamanzi Houseboats now operate from Jozini Tiger Lodge.
All guests now board from Jozini Tiger Lodge; where there is ample secure parking for vehicles and trailers.
GPS CO-ORDINATES: S27 25.212 / E32 03.897
On board Shayamanzi Houseboat, soak up the stunning scenery of the Lebombo Mountains and Pongola Game Reserve. Enjoy calm serenity on the water or the thrill of Tiger fishing!
All the cabins are en-suite with shower, basin and toilet. They have mosquito netting, plug points and fans.
The water system is top class resulting in a hot pressurized shower. There are plug points in the rooms so the ladies have the luxury of blow-drying their hair after stepping out the shower or jacuzzi.
For bigger groups, sleeper couches on the top deck are used to accommodate an extra 4 people who then share an ablution facility.
And for even larger groups, by hiring both the boats, you are able to accommodate a maximum of 36 passengers.
Shayamanzi I :Sleeps 12 – 16 passengers
Is a 25 meter by 8 meter, double pontoon houseboat
6 En-suite 3.6m by 3.5m cabins with shower, basin and toilet-each sleeping 2 passengers . The cabins have large sliding window doors.
2 Tender boats
8 Seater Jacuzzi
For bigger groups up to 16 passengers, sleeper couches on the top deck are used to accommodate the additional 4 people with shared ablution facility.
Shayamanzi II :Sleeps 20 – 24 passengers.
Is a 30 meter by 8.6 meter, double pontoon houseboat launched in September 2007.
6 En-suite luxury cabins with shower, basin and toilet-each sleeping 2 passengers . The cabins have large sliding window doors.
4 luxury en-suite cabins on the lowest deck with two large viewing windows.and a lounge area. This can be converted with additional bedding for family accommodation.
3 Tender boats
12 Seater jacuzzi
Cruising in style at up to 9 knots, Shayamanzi passengers enjoy different anchorages each evening. The boats are 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.
The cruise begins from Jozini Tiger lodge, which is situated along the banks of the picturesque Jozini dam of Kwa Zulu Natal.
The Pongola River enters in the Northern area of the Lake and is the only water source feeding the Lake. This is a particularly good fishing spot. The extreme northern part of Lake Jozini creeps into Swaziland and the rest of the Northern area and the entire Western and Southern banks are bordered by the Pongola Nature Reserve and the Pongola Game Reserve.
The muddy plains and reed banks provide excellent breeding grounds for viewing the thousands of waterbirds in the area..
The Lebombo Mountain range is along the Western bank.. One of the evening anchorages may be a night in the Gorge.
Other overnight anchorages are in the River and at Mosquito Bay; both great fishing areas and very well positioned for game viewing.