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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.

Headspace, fresh air, serenity, beauty, unique experiences, breath-taking scenery, magical night skies

Safari from the comfort of Shayamanzi; awake to a hippo and her calf taking an early morning dip outside your window; catch the elephant playing in the mud at midday………..  The wild and bird life viewing is exceptional.

Shayamanzi ll cruises across 16 000 ha of open water accommodates up to 20 guests in ten en-suite & air-conditioned cabins.  There are three Skippered Tender Boats for your Tiger Fishing and Game Viewing enjoyment and a world-class Crew of six to take care of your every need.

Come and Celebrate Life with us!

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

You can win:
A Two-Night Cruise for Two Guests Sharing on-board Shayamanzi ll. This prize includes all Meals, Accommodation, Activities, Tiger Fishing, Tackle and the use of the Skippered Tender Boats, as well as inter-Hotel Houseboat Transfers. Their Bar Account and an optional Gratuity for the Crew are for the Winner’s Account.

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 cashed in. The Prize may be gifted or transferred to another person. The Prize is valid for a one year period from the date of issue.

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: 5

Dawn Wallenkamp – 17.08.2022
I love wildlife and birdwatching so this is perfect for me and it would be a great wedding anniversary present

Dean Wallenkamp – 17.08.2022
I would love to try tiger fishing

Tracy Kent – 03.08.2022
Love the idea of staying on a luxury houseboat in such a beautiful setting!

Deochand Harriram – 28.07.2022
It seems like an awesome adventure. Havent been on houseboat before. I holiday mostly in the North coast. Nature is my first love, then my wife. LOL.

Anthea Goldswain – 27.07.2022
I have stayed at Shayamoya before and had a morning of Tiger Fishing on the dam but actually staying on the dam, sleeping , cruising and fishing, would be absolutely amazing.