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Situated on 15 hectares of forested hillside overlooking the Umfolozi river delta where the resident fish eagle can be heard, bordering a private game reserve, Umfolozi River Lodge & Birdpark is the ideal getaway for both the businessman and family alike, while the location, approximately 30 minutes from the greater St Lucia Wetland Park, the Richards Bay airport, Mapelane Beach and the world-renowned Imfolozi/Hluhluwe Game Reserve makes it the perfect base from which to explore all that Zululand has to offer.

With a range of activities to choose from, there is sure to be something to suit everyone, from the thrill seeker to the stressed executive wanting to unwind.

Umfolozi River lodge is a birdwatcher`s paradise with a beautiful walking trail along the Msunduzi River passing through pecan and macadamia nut groves.

Large aviaries of exotic birds and a koi fish pond surrounds the lodge while the ponies, rabbits and other farm animals are sure to delight both the young and old.

Accommodation at Umfolozi River Lodge & Birdpark:
The lodge consists of 12 inviting units, each fully furnished with up-market rustic furniture, fan/ceiling fan, a toilet, bath/shower, basin and a refrigerator, includes complimentary coffee & tea. A television with selected DSTV channels.

Enjoy a leisurely stroll in our serene surroundings or retire to your ethnic inspired bedroom.

Camping facilities with water & electrical points with stunning views over the game reserve available.

With forty years of experience in the greater St Lucia area, let us recommend your next activity.


The following activities are close-by
Turtle Tours:
This evening tour is an experience of a lifetime, view these giant turtles come ashore to lay their eggs - (Seasonal November, December and early January). Please book well in advance. Turtle Tours are allocated by concessions only. Jeff Asherwood is one of the concession holders in St. Lucia Wetlands Park.

Night Drives:
Take a trip on an open 4 X 4 vehicle to view some of the nocturnal animals not normally seen during daylight hours.

Snorkeling Tours:
Visit beautiful Cape Vidal, 30 minutes from St. Lucia, a very popular snorkelling beach. Renowned for its sport fishing and snorkelling, this scenic coastal camp is situated on the north of the Eastern Shores area of the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park.
There is a relatively safe area for swimming, wildlife, especially birds, is abundant and self-guided trails enable visitors to see some of the surrounding wetlands and Lake Bhangazi.

Zulu Village:
Take a day trip to a nearby traditional Zulu Cultural Village, the Sangoma (Witch Doctor) may even throw the bones for you and tell your good fortune.

Bird Watching:
Part of the South African Birding Route, St. Lucia is very popular with serious Bird Watchers. The largest estuarine system in Africa with an area of 325 square kilometres, situated in coastal Kwazulu-Natal. The shallow waters attract large numbers of water birds.
There are mud flats, reed beds, flood plains and a well-wooded shoreline. Due to the size of the lake it is not possible to get access throughout. We visit an area on the western shore where there is a superb lodge overlooking the flood plain at False Bay.

Beautiful Beaches:
If you enjoy relaxing on the sand or going for walks along the beach you wont be disappointed in St. Lucia. With its lakes, lagoons, freshwater swamps and grasslands, St. Lucia supports more species of animal than the better known parks and deltas in Southern Africa.

Rooms and Units Available:

4 Sleeper Family room
Enter the front door Combine two single beds/double bed.upmarket rustic furniture with T.V and DSTV, fridge
Amount of similar units: 5
Sleeps 2 Adults

6 Sleeper family Room
This room consist of ground level and upper level. On the ground floor there are 2 x single beds, ceiling fan and a bathroom with a combination bath/shower. On the upper floor has 4 single beds and a fan.
Sleeps 6 Adults

6 sleeper Family Room
Combine two single beds/Double Bed, upmarket rustic furniture with T.V and DSTV, fridge
Amount of similar units: 2
Sleeps 2 Adults

Double Room
Enter the front door Combine two single beds/Double bed upmarket rustic furniture with T.V and DSTV, fridge
Amount of similar units: 3
Sleeps 2 Adults

Family Self- Catering
Room are furnished with rustic furniture. Upper level with twin beds & fan. Ground level with twin Beds, En - Suite with Bath/Shower combination, Fan, Small Kitchenette with Microwave, Kettle, 2 plate stove, Fridge, Toaster, Limited utensils
Sleeps 4 Adults

Alone standing Cabin with patio. Double Bed, En - Suite with Shower, Fan, Small Kitchenette with Microwave, Kettle, 2 plate stove, Fridge, Toaster, Limited utensils.
Sleeps 2 Adults

Facilities & Services available:

Children under 12
Disabled (wheelchair friendly)
Honeymoon Couples
Pets only by Arrangement
Laundry Service
Ironing Service
Special Meals on Request
Conference facilities
Wedding facilities
Team Building
Bar on the Premises
Fireplace on the Premises
Parking (off-street - open)
Communal Television
Communal Satellite TV
Swimming Pool

Cancellation Policy:

- In the event of premature departure we may charge for the full original booking.
- Cancellation 0 to 14 days before date of arrive, visitor forfeits 100% of the payable amount.
- Cancellation 15 to 28 days before date of arrival, visitor forfeits 75% of the payable amount.
- Cancellation 29+ days before date of arrival, visitor forfeits 50% of of the payable amount.


N2 north bound from Durban past Empangeni,Richards Bay, Kwa Mbonambi travel 10 km find Eteza weigh bridge, keep left and then go over the N2. In 200 m find first sign. Follow signs to Umfolozi Riverlodge & Birdpark.

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  • TGCSA Grading: Tgsa Grading Tgsa Grading Tgsa Grading
  • Accommodation Type: Game Lodge and Guest Farm
  • Sleeps: 40
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 11:00 AM