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
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.
Take a trip on an open 4 X 4 vehicle to view some of the nocturnal animals not normally seen during daylight hours.
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.
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.
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.
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.
N2 north bound from Durban past Empangeni,Richards Bay, Kwa Mbonambi travel 10 km find Eteza station/ Mapelane intersection, turn right 200 m find first sign follow signs to Umfolozi Riverlodge & Birdpark.