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Shayamanzi Houseboats

Located in KwaZulu Natal


Tel: 0832526787

We are the only Houseboats in South Africa offering Celebration Cruises, Conferencing, Water Safaris and Tiger Fishing.

Shayamanzi Houseboats – Lake Jozini

When you are ready to break free, feel the breeze against your skin and the sun smiling down on you, you know it’s time for an unforgettable Shayamanzi Cruise.

Shayamanzi, Captained by an experienced and qualified Skipper and his Crew of five, cruises across 16 000 ha of open inland water and moors in a different bay each evening of the Cruise The Houseboat is accompanied by three Skippered Tender Boats; used for game, bird viewing and fishing throughout the Cruise.   Lake Jozini, built in 1973 on the western side of the Lebombo Mountains is home to Shayamanzi, the ferocious Tiger Fish, 26 other species of fish, over 500 bird species and of course all the wildlife that our guests enjoy watching from right up close.  The elephant herds are of particular interest and offer endless entertainment.  Such a unique and privilege to experience.

Shayamanzi was built in 2007 and accommodates up to twenty guests in ten en-suite and air-conditioned cabins.  The Deluxe Cabins offer full panel glass doors to capture the majesty of the surroundings.  The entertainment area and accommodation of the Houseboat is spread over three levels of stylish space.  The aft Jacuzzi Deck being one of the favourite spaces!

The ideal destination for Celebrations, Safaris, Conferencing and Tiger Fishing.  Our Annual Dad’s, Lad’s and Daughter’s Tiger Fishing Competition is held in October every year and not to be missed!  The Tiger Fishing is particularly good this year and while we catch throughout the year, we have great expectations of the new season opening in August.  We have had the pleasure of hosting many wonderful family and corporate celebrations and our milestone Birthday Celebrations are legendary.

Shayamanzi is moored at Jozini Tiger Lodge and guests board at 2 pm, after a Pool Terrace Luncheon at the Lodge.  All guest vehicles are parked safely in the grounds of the Jozini Tiger Lodge. Our Cruises are offered from two to five nights disembark on the final morning of the Cruise at 10am.

We look forward to welcoming you on-board soon

Our giveaway to helping to promote South Africa as a tourist destination

You can win:
Two Guests are welcomed on-board to Cruise with us for Two Nights.

Additionally you are automatically entered into the competition to win the great South Africa adventure holiday worth more than R150 000.

Value of Shayamanzi Houseboats prize
Closing date of competition:

18:00 on 30.10.2022

The Prize may not be exchanged for Cash. The Prize may be passed on as a Gift and may not be sold. The Prize is valid for a period of one year and may be used as a contribution to an Exclusive Charter Cruise

We have been able to offer this giveaway through a collaboration with our wide network of travel and tourism partners. Thank you to everyone who has sponsored this incredible adventure holiday giveaway for 2 persons valued at over R150 000!! But there is even more. There is also a bonus prize of a 4k Olfi action camera up for grabs.

Our mission is to create  tourism awareness in South Africa and heightened attention for the upcoming tourism month of September. Its all about getting more locals and returning South Africans,  travelling this wonderful country of ours. If we can encourage international tourists too even better.

The great South Africa adventure holiday worth R150000 unpacked

Giants Castle Slack Packing Trail

Slackpacking – Explore the Drakensberg foothills without the burden of a backpack walking from lodge to lodge, having your luggage transported for you and looking forward to excellent 3 course meals.

Experience the St Lucia estuary from St Lucia Eco Lodge for 2 nights including breakfast and dinner as well as a game drive and boat safari. This lodge is an ideal point from which to explore South Africa’s first World Heritage Site, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

Karkloof Canopy Tour

The Karkloof Canopy Tour consists of 12 platforms and 10 zip-line slides, the longest of which is 200m! Feel like Tarzan as you zip safely from platform to platform with a yodel to wake the squirrels.

Stay another night at Antbear Lodge after you have completed the slack packing trail in a Mountain View site including dinner and breakfast. Take in a cultural storytelling experience in  our star gazing hammock camp

Hot Air Ballooning

Hot Air Ballooning is a gentle experience that is suitable for all. Imagine drifting at a leisurely pace across the magnificent Drakensberg 

Via Faretta Drakensberg

For those that enjoy walking or hiking through our beautiful countryside we invite you to enjoy a mountain climbing route that has aids such as ladders, steps and cable.

Ardmore Guest Farm

Stay 3 nights at Ardmore Guest Farm  including dinner and breakfast. You will want the extra time here to experience Scootours downhill scooters and the Via Feratta rock climbing trail. Dont forget one of the mornings will be and early start to float away in a hot air balloon Value 

Sootours downhill scooters

Feel the thrill as you negotiate a downhill mountain experience in the Central Drakensberg. Scooters are non-motorized making this Eco-friendly. 

Tree Tree Hill Lodge

Stay 2 nights at Three Tree Hill Lodge  including dinner and breakfast. The old-world charm of this upmarket lodge with its large verandahs creates an ideal environment in which to wind down and enjoy nature. Included is a game walk and if you can also consider to take part in a guided battlefield tour.

Granny Mouse

2 Nights relaxing in the Kwazulu Natal Midlands at Granny Mouse Country House and Spa. Explore the Midlands Meander and relax with  the very best in opulent accommodation coupled with old-world charm and service, embedded into the ethos and foundations of this historic hotel.

safari at Bonamznzi

Enter the rough terrain of Bonamanzi in Northern KZN. Its home to the big 4 and with its wide expanses of bush, makes game viewing the best in the country. 2 Nights in a treehouse with dinner, bed and breakfast including a game drive


2 nights  at the five star  Fugitives Drift Lodge. Take part in Fugitives’ Drift’s awe-inspiring battlefield tours, which bring the battles of Rorke’s Drift and Isandlwana to life, leaving one with a deep and tangible insight into some of the most moving of South Africa’s battlefields.


Stay 2 nights at Leopard Mountain Lodge  including dinner and breakfast. Witness endless sunsets melting their final rays into the horizon, the smell of fresh rainfall over Africa’s plains and a feeling of peace and tranquillity as your African dream unfolds into a truly memorable reality.


2 Nights relaxing in at Makakatana  Game Lodge within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Experience this magnificent area from the comfort of our spacious rooms, set on raised decks within the wilderness of the game park. iSimangaliso Wetland Park is home to vibrant wildlife in the game reserve, within Lake St. Lucia’s estuary and the glorious coastal beaches on the eastern shores of the park.


Imagine a place where time stands still, where the gentle breeze rustles through the Red Ivory trees, the sun drops slowly beyond the horizon, turning the sky pink and cueing the lion’s call. Now stop imagining and experience all of this for2 nights including dinner and breakfast from the sanctuary of your very own private balcony at Sungulwane Private Game Lodge.

Mlendeni Sitole will tell you his African village stories of the night skies. He has built a star gazing hammock camp for you to relax and observe the heavens and listen to the night sounds. He makes you feel like you have never seen the night sky before when you go stargazing with him in the Drakensberg.

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Number of competition entries so far: 2

Sarah Ramnath – 17.08.2022
I did not have the opportunity to live on a houseboat – I have heard about the experiences of others, and thought, ‘wow! what am I missing here.’ It would be great to wake up early in the morning listening to the gentle ripples of the waters splashing against the cruiser whilst in motion. I am a writer and would love to do an experiential piece.

Dean Wallenkamp – 17.08.2022
It is our wedding anniversary soon and after the last 2 years of pain, loss, sorrow and not being able to go anywhere this would be the perfect way to get out, relax and at last have time alone together, my wife has been through so much and she really needs to go somewhere and just forget her pain for awhile.