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Maputaland at it’s Very Best

 

 

Amangwane Camp is uniquely located in the northeast corner of South Africa with direct access to the pristine beaches and lakes of the Kosi Bay area. The iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a World Heritage Site, manages and protects the fauna & flora of this large undisturbed coastal and marine reserve.

The 332 000 hectare iSimangaliso Wetland Park contains three major lake systems, eight interlinking ecosystems, 700 year old fishing traditions, most of South Africa’s remaining swamp forests, Africa’s largest estuarine system, 526 bird species and 25 000 year-old vegetated coastal dunes – among the highest in the world. The name iSimangaliso means miracle and wonder, which aptly describes this unique place and we look forward to hosting you and giving you a glimpse of this coastal wonderland.

 

Days are spent exploring the lake system, experiencing the old tradition of the fish traps, snorkeling in the estuary, kayaking, turtle tracking in season, walking through magnificent fern forests and seeing the rare Palm Nut Vultures, boat cruises on the lakes viewing Hippos, Crocs and the magnificent birdlife.


Game Reserves abound in Kwa Zulu Natal and we are within easy reach of Tembe Elephant Park and Ndumo Game Reserve. Both of these parks are managed by Ezemvelo and offer authentic African wildlife experiences. En-route to and from Amangwane are other well-known game reserves such as Hluhluwe/Imfolozi and Mkuze as well as numerous private reserves.

This is “ Maputaland at it’s Very Best”

Directions to Amangwane Camp

From Durban or Richards Bay. Take the N2 North.
From Pongola/Swaziland. Take the N2 South.

Turn off at the R22 Hluhluwe / Sodwana turn off. Drive through Hluhluwe town and follow signs for Sodwana Bay. The road meanders through a large and very peaceful community area and also traverses the northern part of iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

Continue past the town of Mbazwana and follow signs for Kosi Bay and Farazela border. Travel past the turnoff to the Coastal Reserve Forest and Coastal Cashews on the right and continue on to a big traffic circle at Phelandaba. Turn right through the circle and head towards Manguzi (approx. 10km) and the Kosi Bay/Farazela border post. This is the southernmost gateway into Mozambique.

Drive through the town of Manguzi and continue along this road for approx. 16km towards the border. 

Just before the border is a dirt road turning off to the right. This is well signposted with the Amangwane Camp signboard and is also the access road to Kosi Mouth and Utshwayelo. If you do reach the border you’ve gone too far.  Simply turn around and take the first dirt road to the left.

Amangwane Camp is approximately 4km down this road and the entrance is signposted for your convenience. 

Manguzi is the last town before arrival at Amangwane. Should you require supplies we would suggest stopping at the Superspar on the left as you drive through town. Groceries and liquor can be bought here.

From Johannesburg/Pretoria via Pongola/Swaziland. Take the N2 South.

This is the most direct route from Johannesburg and Swaziland

Drive past the Jozini dam on your left and then take the left turn to Jozini about 55km after Pongola, and also before reaching Mkuze.  Drive up and over the Lebombo mountains through the mountain pass with the Pongolapoort dam on your left.  Always be cautious of straying animals and potholes.

Drive into Jozini town and on the way out of Jozini take the left fork, across the Pongola dam wall towards Ingwavuma/ KwaNgwanase.  Continue on a straight road for approx 46 Km’s, until you get to a T.Junction at Bambanana with a petrol station on your right. Turn right toward Tembe Elephant Park/ KwaNgwanase. Continue along this road past the turnoffs to Ndumo and Tembe Elephant Park.

Travel past Tembe for another 15km where you will reach a big traffic circle at Phelendaba where you continue straight on towards Manguzi. Continue through Manguzi and continue for approx. 16km towards the Kosi Bay/Farazela border post. Just before the Mozambique border post is a dirt road turning off to the right.

This is well signposted with the Amangwane Camp signboard and is also the access road to Kosi Mouth . If you do reach the border you’ve gone too far. Simply turn around and take the first dirt road to the left.

Amangwane Camp is approximately 4km down this road and the entrance is signposted for your convenience.

Manguzi is the last town before arrival at Amangwane. Should you require supplies we would suggest stopping at the Superspar on the left as you drive through town where groceries and liquor can be bought.

   Accommodation

“Mi casa es su casa” 

Amangwane accommodation consists of 10 permanent tents with en-suite shower, toilet and hand basin. All the tents are the same consisting of 2 single beds with a bedside table, mosquito nets, plug-point (no hairdryers or kettles please) and all bedding and bath towels supplied. 

Families requiring young children to sleep in their tents can request this however will need to bring their own bed/stretcher and bedding.

All accommodation is self-catering…

Guests are welcome to make use of the communal lapa & kitchen area for cooking and socialising. We usually have a social pit fire burning each evening and we do offer limited fridge and freezer space as well as a simple daily housekeeping service. Parking is also available within the camp area. Due to our remoteness and facilities we cannot offer a laundry service.

Please feel free to contact us for any further information. We invite you to kick your shoes off dig your toes into the sand and enjoy a totally relaxed environment with us and our staff. 

 

ACTIVITIES 

Located adjacent to a pristine coastal dune forest and marine reserve this region offers a diverse variety of activities with a zero to very low impact on the environment as boat launching, jet skis, fishing skis & paddle skis cannot be launched from the beach or the estuary.

The beaches are large and are protected by some of the largest dunes on our coastline. Surf fishing can be enjoyed hunting the elusive Kingfish, Garrick and Shad and other pelagics that abound in these waters.
Dolphins, Turtles, Whalesharks and Whales are also seen seasonally along the coast.
See our seasonal chart for best viewing times.

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Fish Traps

These are a very old tradition passed down from generation to generation and are possibly what put Kosi Bay on the map many years ago due to the intriguing nature of these traps. They are all still fully functional and owned by members of the community. A must visit for everyone.

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Kayaking

Hire a kayak for a few hours, tide dependant to paddle up to the fish traps and around the tidal lakes with a guide to escort you. This is a very special experience to appreciate the vastness of the lakes and variety of fauna & flora living in and around the lake system.

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Snorkeling

This may be enjoyed in the safety of the estuary as well as on the southern side of the bay which depending on conditions can be suitable for kiddies in the shallows and the more adventurous snorkelers at low tide in the deeper water.

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Boat Cruises on the Lakes

A guided boat cruise can be enjoyed and best times are mostly early morning an afternoons. Your guide will drive you to 3 rd lake where you will board a comfortable cruise boat and get the chance to view Hippos, Crocodiles as well as the large variety of birdlife such as African Fish Eagle, Kingfishers and Jacanas populating the inland lake system.

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Turtle Tracking

The massive Leatherback and Loggerhead turtles visit the beaches to lay eggs each year. Take a guided walk at dusk to view these turtles making their nests and laying eggs or even be lucky enough to view the baby turtles hatching and scurrying to the sea to escape predatory birds on the lookout for a tasty meal. This season lasts between 1 November and 31 March each year.

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Guided Hikes

Take a hike through the lush fern forests and Raffia Palms where the rare Palm Nut Vultures can be viewed in their natural habitat. Walk on to the shores of the lake to appreciate the immense natural and undisturbed environment you are able to enjoy in this unique corner of South Africa.

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Scuba Diving

Scuba diving is also a very rewarding activity and there are 3 different dive centres for you to choose from. Ponta do Ouro in southern Mozambique, Mokarran Diving at Rocktail Dive Camp and Sodwana Bay which offers a selection of reefs for novice and experienced scuba divers. Divers can also enjoy swimming with Whalesharks in season. Click to see our seasonal chart for more info.

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Dolphin Encounters & Swim 

Take a day trip to Ponta do Ouro in southern Mozambique (passports and visas may be required depending on nationality) which is only 20km away and go on an ocean experience with wild dolphins. Swimming with these wonderfully active and intelligent dolphins can be a highlight. Guests must be good, confident swimmers as this happens in the open ocean. Swimming, snorkeling with Whalesharks may also be enjoyed in season. Click to see our seasonal chart for more info.

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Community Visits

Visit a local family to get an insight into their family structures, diet and community life. We can also arrange a school visit where you can interact with the children and make a donation towards their school funds.

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Tembe Elephant Park

Tembe Elephant Park is only a 45 minute drive from Amangwane and we would be happy to arrange an open vehicle game drive for you in this unique Elephant wilderness. Pre booking essential and subject to availability.

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Other day trips and excursions

Shore Fishing, Lake Fishing…tag and release is encouraged…
Bhanga Nek
Black Rock
Lala Nek
Island Rock
Lake Sibaya

“So much more fun”
“So much more to do”
This is “ Maputaland at its Very Best”

Low Season R350.00 per person, per night sharing or
R450.00 per night single occupancy.
Peak Season (Easter & December holidays) R400.00 per person per night sharing or
R550.00 per night single occupancy
All rates are self-catering.

Your Hosts: Tony & James
Camp Tel: +27 (0) 76 659 3083
Email Address: info@amangwanecamp.co.za

*GROUP BOOKINGS – Please contact us directly for any Group requests.

 

 

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Mi casa es su casa”

iSimangaliso