Ilala Weavers

You can Browse through our gallery and warehouse where you will find the largest collection of traditional Zulu Baskets in the World and as well as Zulu Beadwork, locally woven Lamps and shades, floor rugs and hand painted fabrics. We also have a Zulu Cultural Museum and Thembalethu Craft Village.

Emdoneni Lodge Cheetah And Serval Project (± 20km)

Visit the rehab centre for orphaned and injured cheetah, serval cats, caracal and African wild cats. Learn about these animals and see them close up. There are daily feeding sessions as well as an educational talk and tour.
Directions: Take the N2 South (± 14km) Bushlands off ramp (1km on left)
Contact : 035 562 7000

Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Park (± 15km)

Directions : Cross directly over the N2 and follow tarred road to Memorial Gate.
There are no credit card facilities at the entrance gate. Please remember to take cash. The park has a number of picnic facilities with basic ablutions. Hilltop Camp offers spectacular Views and an A la Carte restaurant with buffet breakfast and Sunday lunches. Well worth a visit even if only for a cup of tea on the terrace. The gates are open from 6am till 6pm in the winter (1 April to 31 Aug) and 5 am till 7 pm in the summer (1 Sept to 31 March)
Contact: 035 562 0255

Whale Watching

June to November. Boat based whale watching when humpback whale can be seen on their migration routebetween Madagascar and the Antarctic. The Advatage Charter in St Lucia is a legal permit holder to do boat based whale watching from as close as 50m, 2hr long tours include a full educational talk about these gigantic mammals. Whales can also be spotted along the shoreline at St Lucia and Cape Vidal.
Contact : 035 590 1259

Crocodile Impi ( ± 10km)

Crocodile Feedings
Contact: 035 562 2319

Dumazulu Kraal (± 20km)

Croc and Snake Park
Traditional Zulu Shows
Contact: 035 562 2260

Horse Riding

Bonamanzi Game Park (± 20km)
3 hour rides
Contact: 035 562 0181

Sungulwane Game Lodge (± 40km)

2 hour rides
Contact: 035 562 0421

Greater St Lucia Wetlands - Boat Tours (± 90km)

Hippo / Croc Cruises
St Lucia Advantage Tours
Contact: 035 590 1259

St Lucia Crocodile Centre (± 90km)

Crocodile and Snake Park with Cycad Gardens
Prices are slightly more over the weekends.
Contact: 035 590 1386

Mkuze Game Reserve ( ± 50km)

The reserve boasts not only a substantial (now rare) sand forest, but also encompasses the Inhlonhlela and Insumo pans. The reserve has 100km of tourist roads as well as several picnic sites and six hides. Guided day/night game drives are offered as well as curio shop, swimming pool and restaurant facilities.
Contact: 035 573 9001

Turtle Tours

Visitors can see loggerhead and leatherback turtles nesting on beaches by joining a night turtle tour from mid November to January. Not much known about these creatures and what we do know has been from research conducted on their annual return to our beaches in summer to lay their eggs.
Shakabarker Tours – Contact 035 590 1162

Lake Jozini

Bordering on the lake is the KZN Wildlife managed Phongolo Nature Reserve who welcomes day visitors for self-drive and boat launching access. Facilities are basic with picnic sites and ablutions at the camping grounds. Entrance in through the Golela area. Lake Jozini is fast becoming on the prime Tiger fishing destinations in Southern Africa. One of the special features of Lake Jozini is that you can game view from your boat.

Sodwana Bay (± 80km)

Adjacent to Africa’s southern-most coral reefs, Sodwana Bay is renowned for sport, fishing, scuba diving and snorkelling. Other attractions include night tours in December and January offering visitors unique opportunities for turtle watching as well as self-guided and conducted walks. This prime destination offers visitors and abundance of activities associated with the diversity of beach and bush. Facilities include, picnic sites, superette and craft market, with basic supplies such as fuel and ice readily available.
Contact: 035 571 0051

Ndumo Game Reserve

Best known for it’s bird life, Ndumo boasts many beautiful pans set about with yellow fever trees, extensive wetlands and reedbeds, as well as savannah and sand forest. A special attraction to the reserve includes many tropical East African birds at the southern limit of their range. The reserve is open for self-drive game viewing as well as guided tours and for the more energetic, day walks may be taken in the company of a guide. Ndumo is of a particular interest to Entomologist for its array of insect species.
Contact: 035 591 0032 or 035 591 0058

Cape Vidal

Cape Vidal is renowned for its sport fishing and snorkelling. Golden beaches, coastal forests and clear blue ocean vistas form idyllic settings for hiking. Mission Rocks, a few kilometres South, provides visitors with hours of fascinating exploration in the rock pools, not to mentioned being a firm favourite spot for off shore fishing. Turtle tours are conducted from November to January at night and whales can be spotted from the shoreline during the winter months. Facilities include, craft shop with basic supplies (ice and fuel)
Contact: 035 590 9012

Tembe Elephant Park

This remote park, deep in an area of sand forests, pans and wetlands in Northern Tongaland lies on the border between KwaZulu Natal and Mozambique. Tembe is a special place with basic day visitors facilities, only a limited amount of vehicles are allowed into the park and these must be 4X4’s to negotiate the sand tracks that form the road network. Close by on the tourist route is Mahlasela and Ponweni hides, as well as a picnic area at Manungu, offerering a spectacular panoramic view from Gowanini viewing tower. Lions have recently been reintroduced to the area.
Contact: 035 592 0001

False Bay

Part of St Lucia Lake, False Bay has a variety of habitats such as sand forest, thornveld and open savannah, providing excellent bird watching and game viewing opportunities when taking one of the self guided trails. Boating facilities and the reputation for excellent fishing make this a popular day visitor destination. This part of the lake has been dry for the last 5 years as a result of a prolonged drought reputing in half the average annual rainfall. The park also contains important marine fossils of both animals and coral, which can be viewed in the interpretive centre. Facilities include picnic sites, ablutions and Craft shop with basic supplies.
Contact: 035 562 0425

Game Drives

Dinizulu Safaris Contact: 035 562 0025
Hluhluwe Hotel and Safaris Contact: 035 562 0251
Wildcat Adventure Contact: 035 562 0838
Ubizane Wildlife Reserves Contact: 035 562 1020
Gazebo Safari Lodge Contact: 035 562 1066
Ghost Mountain Inn Contact: 035 573 1025
Zulu Nyala Contact: 035 562 0169

Kosi Bay ( ± 2hrs)

Surrounding the most pristine lake system on the South African coast, this reserve is home to a large variety of birds and animals including hippos and crocodiles. Picnic facilities and boat launch access is available from the third lake. A sand track leading to the mouth offers spectacular views of the lakes and the traditional fish kraals in lake one. Snorkeling is a popular activity in this area 4 X 4 vechiles are recommended when visiting the mouth. Supplies are available at the trading town, Manguzi.
Contact: 035 592 0236

The Figtree

Delicious A la Carte restaurant within the Ilala Weavers complex. Open for Breakfasts, lunches and scrumptious teas. Fully Licenced - Children’s Play Area.
8:30am - 4:30pm (Midweek)
Sat-Sun-Public Holiday 9am – 4pm
Contact: 082 045 1647, 082 336 8675, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The Hluhluwe Country Cottages

Bed and Breakfast / Self Catering Accommodation


Hluhluwe, KwaZulu-Natal

South Africa


Contact Us

Craig Sutton

Phone +27 (0)81 400 0947
Mobile +27 (0)82 494 1047
Fax 086 671 3662
Address 1 Ngweni Road
South Africa
GPS -28.006522