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Woodpecker Inn offers the comforts of country living, nestled in Birdswood, with superb thatched lodges in a park like setting, whether on business or as a guest in our beautiful country, Woodpecker Inn offers peace and tranquility in a friendly African atmosphere. A place where one can gather your thoughts and enjoy serenity whilst being pampered in style. A time you won`t easily forget.

Woodpecker Inn boasts 40 en-suite airconditioned bedrooms, decorated in fresh country fabrics, with own television, coffee facilities and Bar fridge. We are situated minutes from Richard Bay Airport and the centre of town.

40 Air-conditioned en-suite rooms
MNet and Satellite TV
Delightful pool and lapha setting
Secure parking
Conference (Groups 20-200 people)
Wedding Venue
Full Buffet, A La Carte, Breakfast and Dinner
Fully licenced Cocktail Bar
Sparkling pool
Relaxed personal service


Around Richards Bay...
Woodpecker Inn offers the comforts of country living in the heart of town and is the perfect base from which to explore the vast beauty of the North Coast and its coastal plains.

Places to visit:

Umfolozi and Hluhluwe Game Reserves - Big 5
St Lucia - Crocodile Sanctuary and Snake Park. Estuary boat ride.(Hippo, crocodile and bird viewing)
St Lucia World Heritage site
Shakaland - Authentic Zulu Village
Dumazulu - Traditional Zulu Village
Bonamanzi Game Park
Industrial Tours
Tusk Umfolozi Casino


Hunting expeditions
Night drives and weekend trails in game reserves
Scuba diving - Sodwana
Personalised adventure tours can be arranged if booked well in advance
Deep sea fishing
Golf at Richards Bay Country club

Whether on business or as a guest in our beautiful country, you will be enchanted by Woodpecker's idyllic ambience, attention to detail and personal service.

Clothing and Accessories:

Sub-Tropical weather, hot and semi-cold.

Health and Climate:

Winter is about betwen 14 - 16 deg. C in the morning. In the heat of the day it may reach up to 23 degrees celius.

Summer about 23 deg. C in the morning and between 30 to 37 degrees celcius during the day.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation Policy for Rooms & Lodges:
a.) Cancellation from 6 weeks prior to arrival – Full Refund
b.) Cancellation from 4 weeks prior to arrival – 75% Refund
c.) Cancellation from 2 weeks prior to arrival – 50% Refund
d.) Cancellation from 1 weeks prior to arrival – 25% Refund
e.) Cancellation less than 1 weeks prior to arrival – No Refund
f.) All Cancellations must be in writing

Facilities & Services available:

Children under 12
Honeymoon Couples
Pets only by Arrangement
Airport Shuttle Service
Laundry Service
Ironing Service
Limited Room Service
Special Meals on Request
Conference facilities
Wedding facilities
Team Building
Self-Braai / Barbecue
Bar on the Premises
Dining room
Cots available
Fax & Photocopy Machine
Internet Access
Parking (off-street - open)
Tourism Information Desk
Xhosa / Zulu
Communal Television
Communal Satellite TV
Games Room
Swimming Pool

Rooms and Units Available:

Nestled in Birdswood, with superb thatched lodges in a parklike setting, Woodpecker Inn offers peace and tranquility in a friendly African atmosphere, within minutes of Richards Bay Airport and centre of town.

Woodpecker Inn boasts 40 en-suite / airconditioned bedrooms decorated in fresh country fabrics with television, desk, fridge and hot beverage corner. You can opt for an elegantly appointed en-suite bedroom or the luxury of a self-catering lodge with six, seven, eight or nine en-suite rooms either of which promises total comfort.

Standard Double Room
All rooms have DSTV, aircon, WI-FI, and so much more. Woodpecker Inn - Truly THE place to stay in the Bay! 15 Years of guests always returning says it all... Good rates, Good service, Good food, Great times all we need is you!
Amount of similar units: 40
Sleeps 2 Adults

Latest Reviews

Arriving at the guest house we were tired, traveling all the way from Joburg. Almost immediately we were showed to our rooms, where we soon found out that as a family our rooms will be right next to each other. The youngest member of our family is disabled - because of this we were asked if we would like to move to rooms closer to the pool and also more spacious. Taking our youngest sibling into consideration without us requesting so - very grateful for that! Services were very good, rooms cleaned every morning. Staff very friendly, assisting with food orders, delivering it to our room every night, doing our laundry quickly so we could be ready for the day (as the weather didn't help with drying). The sparkling pool provided hours of entertainment! We enjoyed the curious monkeys hanging around in the mornings, watching us as we took a morning walk. Then our car broke down! The staff at the guest house assisted us in making arrangements to pick up the car in a few days time, as soon as we are able to do so - again friendly, patient service! You are much appreciated staff at Woodpecker Inn.
vicky marks Dec 2013


From CBD take East Central Arterial or follow the airport signs, via Verbana until you reach Engen Garage, left into Weigelia, right into Nkoninga, carry on until stop street in Birdswood.

Turn right into Pelican Parade. The Woodpecker Inn is now on the right.

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