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mso-ansi-language:EN-ZA;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>Large beach cottage located 2 roads back from the beach. Well equipped. Sleeps 8 adults max and 2 kids: 5 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Great views of sea. Secure property with fencing. 2 garages with open parking for 2 more cars. Armed response. All linen provided, please bring your own towe...ls and beach towels. Maid on site, serviced. Fans in all rooms. Braai facilities: Webber. 2x Pools: no nets. DSTV: bring own card and decoder. Containing: Open plan lounge/dining room Kitchen: microwave, hob and oven, fridge/freezer/chest freezer/dishwasher. All cutlery and crockery. 1st bedroom: Main with double bed, walk in closed and en-suite with full bathroom. 2nd bedroom: double bed. 3rd bedroom: 2x single beds 4th bedroom: 2x single beds 5th bedroom: 2 single beds, suited for small children. Laundry facilities: washing machine. Large veranda with furniture. -->
Zinkwazi Beach is a small town on the north coast of the KwaZulu-Natal province in South Africa. It is well known for its lagoon, which is an estuary of the Zinkwazi River. Zinkwazi Beach nestled between beach and lagoon, is a nature lover's wonderland of walks, fishing, spectacular bird life, indigenous forest, water sports and endless beaches. The tranquil lagoon at Zinkwazi is the longest in KwaZulu-Natal, ideal for a gracious picnic in the company of the 'izinkwazi' or fish eagles perched along the banks of the lagoon. Zinkwazi has a magnificent caravan park with an abundance of indigenous trees and bird life. A superb restaurant provides the finishing touch. It was the time of the early Iron Age, about 300 – 1000 AD, a place of human culture, characterized by the use of iron tools and weapons. No roads or tracks marred the landscape, the wheel was an unknown to the inhabitants and only trample- paths by man and beast criss-crossed this area. Along the coastal belt, stretching between the Nonoti and Tugela rivers, the nomadic “strandlopers” appeared, gathering sustenance mainly from the sea and temporarily settling where food was found. One of their favorite resting and watering places, confirmed by archaeological discoveries, was the beach area just south of the Zinkwazi Lagoon mount, where natural springs brought forth sweet water, to their liking. One of these springs still flows today through Lot 47 off Nkwazi drive. In 1922 Mr. L Balcomb discovered, on his lagoon site, human remains, which were confirmed and identified, by the University of Natal, to be those of the nomadic “strandlopers”. Again in 1958 when a local farmer, Herman Schmidt was digging foundations for a boathouse along the lagoon he unearthed human remains, which were, once again, confirmed to be those of the “strandlopers”. Although the first white settlers were already arriving in the Durban area and the area south of the Nonti River from 1824 and 1840 respectively, settlement in the area between the Nonoti and Tugela rivers only happened in the late 1850’s. One of the first settlers was a certain Joshua Walmsley. The granting of government land was the official start of the white settlements. A merchant from Cape Town, Mr. Pieter Gerhardus van der Byl, was the first to secure a grant for 633 acres of sea facing land on the south side of the Zinkwazi Lagoon for, four shillings per acre on the 27th of March 1857. Four years later on the 15th of June 1861, he sold the land to the Natal Land and Colonization Company for two pounds per acre making a nice profit of 1000%. Between the period 1861 to 1903 the land was offered for sale without any success. In 1903 Mr. Bernard Theunissen acquired the first 2-acre plot on the south bank of the Zinkwazi Lagoon. Further sales during this time followed to Horace Balcomb and Elias Andreas Hagemann. These families still own property in Zinkwazi today. The tranquil holiday village of Zinkwazi Beach is located just off the N2 highway, midway between Durban and Richards Bay, nestled between undulating sugar-cane fields, an un-spoilt lagoon and pristine beaches. The new King Shaka International Airport is a short 25min. drive to the south with Zululand’s wealth of splendid Game Reserves, tribal life and historical sites a short trip to the north. Zinkwazi Beach is also centrally situated with regards to an abundance of golf coursed, namely: Darnall, Princes Grant, Umhlali and Zimbithi to mention a few. Major shopping centers in Ballito and Umhlanga are also close by and make a pleasurable outing for the day. Zinkwazi is spoilt with endless sandy beaches and a fresh water lagoon lapping the northern edge of the village. It’s a nature lover’s wonderland of picturesque scenery, walks, fishing, spectacular bird life and indigenous forests. Its name is derived from the IsiZulu word meaning “the place of the Fish Eagle” Their haunting cry is still part of the magic in Zinkwazi beach. The local Deep Sea Angling club is situated on the main beach and members of the club have access to launch boats, jet skis etc. into the sea and lagoon. The tranquil Zinkwazi Lagoon, which is reputed to be the longest in KZN, gives the area a special atmosphere. It is a beautiful stretch of water rich in fish, prawn and crab life and is generally navigable to small crafts up to 7km from the mouth before it becomes a narrow stream. Bird life is abundant with over 230 confirmed species headed by the magnificent Fish Eagle. Zinkwazi beaches are protected by shark nets with its own Sharks Board compound. Surfing and snorkeling, specifically Cray Fishing, are very popular. Whale and Dolphin watching is another leisurely pastime that can be enjoyed from ZINKWAZI’s beautiful shores. The Zululand brewing company – Eshowe: The Zululand brewing Company is known as the smallest family owned brewery of the KwaZulu-Natal beer route. Owner, Graham Chennells acquired the plant from Rawdons, where the Nottingham Brewing Company first brewed their tasty beer. The plant is found in the garden of the Zululand Hotel directly next to the pool. Graham has studied the Zulu culture and is actively involved in numerous upliftment projects. He specializes in taking people to Zulu ceremonies which take place every weekend in the rural areas. Harold Johnson Nature Reserve The Harold Johnson reserve is run by KwaZulu Natal Wildlife and offers walking trails, picnic sites, a small variety of game and a large variety of bird life. Fort Pearson and the Ultimatum Tree, both of which are national monuments, lie within the reserve. The Fort was built in 1878 on a bluff overlooking the Pont-crossing on the Tugela River. Both of these monuments played a significant role in the Anglo-Zulu war of 1879. A few war graves can also be seen on site. Harold Johnson nature reserve (15km) on the Tugela South bank offers various Buck, Zebra, and birdlife. There are two trails, a Zulu artifact museum as well as historical attractions.
The Zinkwazi Conservancy protects the Zinkwazi lagoon system (navigable for 8km) and about 20 km of coastal ecology between Blythedale and the Tugela River. The diversity of wetland, dune vegetation, forest and grassland supports an extremely rich birdlife of well over 250 species as well as the rare Bush pig, Bush buck, Porcupine, Grey, Red and the tiny Blue Duiker, Thick tailed Bush baby, Vervet Monkey, various Mongoose, water leguaan, Python, etc. Our conservancy is best experienced on the lagoon cruise or various trails and beach walks. INGWENYA Reserve on the opposite bank has more trails. Amatilulu Game Reserve (30km) on a large lagoon north of the Tugela offers canoeing, birding, hiking, fly-fishing. Dhlinza Forest reserve (with a magnificent, elevated board walk) and Ocean view game reserve are at Eshowe (65km). The Raffia Monument and Umlalazi Nature reserve at Mtunzini (60km) offer trails in the Raffia Swamp, Mangrove swamp and Dune Forest. The famous St.Lucia and Hluhluwe – Umfolozi parks are +/- 180km north. Scenic attractions: Panorama drive in Zinkwazi offers beautiful views of the Coastline between the Tugela and Nonoti Rivers. The Tugela south bank (15km) between Harold Johnson and the mouth offers beautiful views of the river with its birdlife. The R111 turnoff from the N2 just north of Darnall is the shortest access. The KOP (90km) is an impressive promontory jutting out into the spectacular Tugela Gorge near Kranskop. Take the R74 from Stanger towards Greytown. Along the route are magnificent views of the Tugela Valley (North) and Umvoti Valley (south), each with their own “valleys of a thousand hills”. From Kranskop follow the signs to the Kop. The last few kilometers are on gravel. Dry weather is recommended to enjoy the views and avoid the mist. HOT SPRINGS can be found at SHU-SHU (120km) in the Tugela Gorge beyond the Kop and at LILANI (130km). Just follow the signs from the R74 beyond Kranskop into the Umvoti valley. The Zululand circular route of 270km (along the N2, R68, N2 return) runs through Eshowe, the Nkwalini valley, Empangeni, Richards Bay and Mtunzini. This is traditional hilly Zulu country with many different vegetation types and many places of interest along the way. The Dolphin coast beach route follows the most scenic beaches between Zinkwazi and Durban. The first turnoff is Blythedale opposite Stanger, next, follow the N2 South and take the Umhlali beach north turnoff. Keep left for Sheffield beach, then follow the coast through Salt Rock, Chaka’s Rock, Thompsons bay (with the hole in the wall – below Santorini Ballito.) From Ballito take the M4 (old N2) to Umhloti. Next, drive south to Umhlanga and follow the beach front road all the way into Durban North. Sibaya Casino: Just north of Umhlanga with many entertainment facilities. Natal shark’s board: Daily tours, interesting displays and an unusual curio shop -Umhlanga (70km) Umgeni Bird Park: One of the world’s largest Bird parks in a natural, tropical setting in Riverside Road on the North bank of the Umgeni River (80km). Durban beach front: uShaka Marine World, Fitzsimons Snake Park, fun world, water world, mini town. Historical sites: The events in the Lower Tugela area reflect a microcosm of the history of Natal and Zululand over the past 150 years. Many of the sites are visible and accessible from Fort Pearson adjoining Harold Johnson Reserve, where a toposcope points out the sites of interest. Take the N2 north and turn right just south of the Tugela at the Harold Johnson sign (15km) The epic walk of John Ross in 1827 through the 1200km of uncharted, dangerous territory to obtain medical supplies from Maputo is commemorated by the John Ross Bridge over the Tugela. In 1883 the “Grand army of Natal” crossed the Tugela to raid Zulu cattle. The force of over 2000 was destroyed by 10 000 Zulus in the Battle of the Tugela at Ndondakusuku opposite Fort Pearson. Only a quarter of the men survived. A commemorative cairn has been erected on the Tugela North Bank 1km from the N2 on the Tugela mouth road. The struggle for succession to the Zulu throne between Cetshwayo and Mbulazi led to the largest battle ever fought on South African soil. At the Battle of Ndondakusuka (hill with radio mast east of John Ross Bridge), in 1856 opposite Fort Pearson, some 27000 warriors took part of which about 23000 where killed. Both sides included some white adventurers, but although Mbulazi had greater firepower he was routed by Cetshwayo’s superior numbers. The local stream flowing into the Tugela was littered with human bones for decades and became known as Mathambo – “Bones”. (Stream west of John Ross Bridge). In December 1878 the British Colonial authorities delivered an ultimatum to the Zulus at Ultimatum tree below Fort Pearson. The Ultimatum was designed to be impossible for the Zulus to accept and was an excuse for the colonial authorities to invade Zululand in order to destroy the powerful Zulu military threat. This ultimatum led to the Anglo-Zulu war of 1879. Whilst the British Northern flanks invaded Zululand and fought the famous battles of Isandlwana and Rorkes Drift, the British Right flank under Col. Pearson crossed the Tugela at Fort Tenedos on the north bank. On his way to Eshowe, Pearson’s force of 2800 repulsed a Zulu attach of 5000 at the Nyeane River. Pearson then built Fort Eshowe and was besieged there by the Zulus. Lord Chelmsford left Fort Tenedos with 5700 men to relieve Pearson but was attacked by 11000 Zulus in the Battle of Gingindlovu. The Zulus were defeated and lost 1100 men. During the next stage of the war Major General Crealock slowly invaded Zululand from Fort Pearson. In the process building Forts Crealock, Chelmsford, Napoleon, Richards. Simultaneously Chelmsford led the British Central Flank to Ulundi, where he destroyed the royal kraal. Cetshwayo was captured a while later. That was the end of Zulu might. Fort Williamson was the original fort on the Tugela, built in 1861; it was abandoned when Fort Pearson was built slightly upstream in 1878. There is a Cemetery at Fort Pearson and another Military cemetery about 1km south of the fort along the access road. Fort Nonquai at Eshowe (65km) is a romantic stone fort which houses a fascinating local history museum, emphasizing the history of the Zulus and the white pioneers, including John Dunn.
John Dunn was a white adventurer, who during the latter part of the last century befriended the Zulu King. He became the only white Zulu chief and was granted control over the land north of the lower Tugela. By marrying 39 wives he founded the Dunn clan. Which is to this day a respected local family. Stanger (18km) was built on the site of Shaka’s military kraal Kwa Duguza. He was murdered here and his grave is marked by a memorial in King Shaka Road. The Stanger Museum opposite the memorial has a fascinating local history collection. THINGS TO DO IN AND AROUND: Restaurants / Shopping / Golf – There are a number of exceptional courses in the area. OTHER ACTIVITIES: Walks and Hikes (self-guided) Harold Johnson nature reserve (15km) has a half hour Remedies and Rituals trail as well as the 6km Bushbuck trails through dry woodland and grasslands on the slopes of the Tugela. On the opposite bank is Ingwenya reserve with more walks. There are two Beach walks, north to Tugela mouth (7km), or from the south end of Zinkwazi to Nonoti mouth (3km). Amatikulu game reserve (30km) offers various trails between lagoon and beach. At Mtunzini (60km) there is a trail along the entire length of the Umlalazi nature reserve, as well as walks through the Mangrove Swamps. At Eshowe (65km) there is a magnificent, elevated board walk through the Dhlinza Forest from Bishops seat. Birding venues: A Bird spotting list is available for the rich variety of birds in the Zinkwazi area. With a count in excess of 450 species, including many sought after rarities and localized specials, our Zulu Roots birding route ranks amongst the top hotspots in the country. Please check with Zinkwazi lagoon lodge reception for a bird list, guides and self-guided walks. Access to some areas is only possible with a guide. The following venues are freely accessible: The road along the Tugela south bank between Harold Johnson (15km) and the mouth is excellent for mostly water birds and waders. Harold Johnson nature reserve has two trails with woodland, valley and bushveld species. On the opposite bank is Ingwenya reserve with similar habitat. The irrigation ponds just west of the Zinkwazi off-ramp (5km) support several specialized species such as Hottentot Teal and White-faced duck. The Sappi bird hide outside Stanger (20km) supports many rare water birds and waders. The Umvoti Lagoon (25km) is famous, especially in summer for Terns, Waders, Water birds with many specials e.g. Redwing Pratincole. Take the N2 south over the Umvoti River and turn left at the Groutville off-ramp towards the JEX Estate. The track along the west bank of the lagoon is best. Permission to enter the private estate must be obtained in advanced. Amatikulu Game reserve (30km) palm veld and forest with many wetland and raptor Species. At Mtunzini (60km) the Raffia Palm Monument supports the Palmnut Vulture. It is best seen in the late afternoon at the monument, for the station or in the groves on either side at the village entrance. The mangroves along the Umlazi river are good for Wooly Necked Stork and Mangrove Kingfisher (winter). There is also a good trail along the Dune Bush. The Dhlinza mist belt forest at Eshowe (65km) has many forest specials. Turn left at the main road and then tight towards “Bishops Seat”. There is a magnificent, elevated board walk, as well as two trails through the forest. Guides are available. Guided birding can also be arranged to Ngoye forest (Woodwards Barbet and other specials), Dhlinza and Nkandla forests, Mtuzini or Richards Bay. Kranskop at the Tugela Gorge (80km) on the Greytown road is good for raptors. The umvoti Vlei (130km) is a magnificent wetland with all 3 cranes, grass Owls, Ethiopian Snipe etc. Take the R74 to Greytown and cross to the R33 via Ahrens, cross the Umvoti and turn onto D85 to find the Bird Hide. A trail is further along the D85. Bird Hide: booking essential
Dolphin/Whale spotting – mostly from the beach.
Sappi paper mill tours – 20km south.
Animal farm with horse riding – 3km from Sheffield beach turnoff (40km)
Crocodile farms; Croc valley outside Sheffield beach (35km) is set in a swamp forest with walks a tea garden and curio shop. Crocodile creek has a lovely setting on the Tongaat river with daily feeding times (50km) take the N2 south, turn off inland to Umhlali and take the R103 south and turn left into D809. Arts & crafts situated at “The Well” in Ballito. Dark Continent: arts and crafts – Balvista centre – Ballito. Dolphin coast Market: – every Saturday morning. Nursery: ceramic workshop and restaurant. Zulu arts and crafts – Ballito. Coffee shop, gifts – Ballito. Pottery Gallery – Ballito. Craft Centre – Amatikulu. Craft Stalls. Animal farm – Flag Farm – Umalai. Art and book exchange, films – Ballito. Crocodile farm. Cultural Village. Dolphin & whale viewing: Nature reserve. Shakaland. 4×4 trails – There is a lovely trail at Amatikulu Game reserve (30km).Hiking trails. Historical sites/Routes. Morewood Memorial gardens. Museum village – Eshowe. Horse riding. Kayaking and canoeing. Micro light flights. Mini putt putt & 10 Pin Bowling. Paint Ball. Quad biking. Scuba diving. Surfing school.
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