Deep in the heart of the unspoilt Zulu Kingdom, Zululand bushveld, lays the eMakhosini Valley known as “Valley of the Kings” – it is here where many early Zulu kings lie buried. This area is the cradle of Zulu history. EMAKHOSINI HIDEAWAY is tucked away in the “Valley of the Kings” – located 4km from Dingaanstad (umGungundlovo), on a private 328ha Game farm, part of the MKHUMBANE GAME RANCH (3649 ha) There is a difference of about 280 m (ft) in altitude between the highest and lowest points on the farm. This gives rise to a rich diversity and interesting mixture of fauna and flora which include both typically Highveld and Lowveld species.
Nestled away deep in the bush at the foot of the eMakhosini hills … therefore the name eMakhosini Hideaway. This is an Eco friendly Cottage – built with natural stone collected on the farm to blend in with the surroundings. The Cottage has terracotta tile floors, the ceilings are made of Zulu sleeping mats (icansi), handmade by our staff from reeds growing in the Melmoth area. To end the picture: a large covered veranda, (stoep) a private boma area and spacious sunny deck overlooking a farm dam and panoramic views of the historic eMakhosini Valley … No electricity (solar power) no TV… just the sound of the bush!
Besides its beautiful setting in indigenous Lowveld bush with an abundance of attractive plants; trees, flowers, birds and game, there are several interesting places to visit nearby. Close to the Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve and other major tourist attractions like eMakhosini Valley (Valley of the Zulu Kings), umGungundlovo (Dingaanstad) where Dingaan ruled and Piet Retief and his followers were killed; Isandlawana, Ulundi battlefields.
- The Best kept secret in the Bushveld! The reserve is home to non-dangerous game, such as giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, kudu, nyala, red hartebeest, blesbuck, impala, warthog, duiker, Steenbuck, and various other species.
- Bring your family or friends and stay on a real South African Game Farm …
- Ideal for walking, game viewing, birding, family and friendship get together or just recovering from pressure living!
More about the Cottage: A lot was done to make this Cottage a well equipped and peaceful home from home.
- A cozy one bedroom Cottage with large covered veranda and spacious sunny deck.
- The cottage sleeps up to 4 people with one bedroom (contains a queen-size bed) with en-suite bathroom, toilet, basin and shower (linen and towels provided)
- 2 single beds in the open plan lounge area – Extra separate toilet in the passage.
- Extra people can sleep on the front under roof veranda or on the open deck/ or around the fire in the boma, weather permitting – an experience not to be missed!
- The large dining room table seats 6 people.
- The kitchen is fully equipped with 12Volt fridge & freezer, and hot and cold running water, kettle, cutlery and crockery for 6 people. Gas is used for cooking on a two plate Gas stove.
- Solar-panel lights and solar geyser for warm water.
- An outside boma/lapa (barbeque) area which over looks the dam and surrounding mountains. Paraffin lamps are used to enhance the bush atmosphere around the boma area at night for a real bushveld experience.
- Fantastic view- The sunny wooden deck overlooking the dam and endless views of the historic eMakhosini valley and distant Nhlasatshe Mountain.
- Accessible to Bakkies and 4X4 vehicles only. The majority of the roads on the farm are only suitable for 4×4 vehicles.
- NO TV
- Solar-panel lights. Generated mains power is available on request at an additional cost.
- Solar geyser for warm water.
- Cell phone reception is good – you can use your own laptop for internet.
- Gas is used for cooking on a two plate Gas stove
- 12Volt fridge & freezer
- No collection of firewood, plants, stones or aloes…
- No open fires allowed – only in the place provided in the boma.
- Guests are welcome to smoke on the veranda or on the deck and in the “braai” area. Please no smoking in the Cottage!!! Please throw your stompies in the tin provided!
- No driving at night. A general speed limit of 30 km/h must be maintained.
- Game and scenic drives are available on request.
- Closest shop in Ulundi 30km away: Petrol stations Pick ‘n Pay Supermarket, Shoprite, SPAR, Liquor store, KFC, Nando’s / or Melmoth 40km away: SPAR, Liquor store, Post Office, Medical doctor, KFC, Petrol stations.
- Malaria: This is low risk malaria area however it is advisable to consult your Doctor or Pharmacist prior to your arrival.
- Indemnity – PLEASE NOTE: Whilst all reasonable care will be taken during your stay, eMakhosini Hideaway and their staff will accept no responsibility for any loss to property, damages, illness, injury, death or negligence whatsoever.
- Complementary tea, coffee, sugar & fresh farm milk and rusks on arrival.
- We provide braai packs on request.
- Cottage is serviced once daily and is equipped with, hot water bottles for winter nights, bath towels linen, sunlight liquid and dishcloths.
- FIREWOOD: Free firewood is provided for each visit
- If you don’t want to go self catering we can fill the fridge according to your wishes or order prepared meals from a local home-based caterer.
- The boma/ lapa, bathroom and kitchen will be serviced every morning.
- CAMPSITE: On request – An adjacent campsite caters for an extra 2-4 people will be available soon! The basic necessities (outdoor bush showers, toilet and a bush scullery) will be in place to complement the bush environment and where guests can either pitch surface or roof tents.
What to bring:
- Remember to bring a camera, binoculars, bird, butterfly and wildlife reference books, walking shoes, and a hat and sunscreen lotion and plenty of spare time!!
- Also remember to take along medicines such as anti-histamine and lotion for insect stings and bites. Malaria: This is low risk malaria area.
- Extra Filter water to drink – we supply you with 10 litres.
- Swimming costume and towels
- Bring matches, charcoal and Blitz if required.
- We provide battery powered lamps in case of emergency. Visitors should also remember to take a torch along!
- Duvets and cushions are supplied. Bring extra blankets for winter time.
- Don’t forget the food, braai goodies and the refreshments too!
What to do:
- In summer, relax on the wooden deck, sun bathe or swim in the river or the dam
- In winter, get a roaring fire going in the boma and enjoy the peace and quiet.
- Informal walks/ hiking on the farm
- Game drives
- Identify trees, tracks, birds, butterflies, wild flowers, grasses, frogs, reptiles and animals.
- Picnic at the dam, down by the river or top of the farm where you have a 360 degree view of the area.
- Stargazing is awesome at night!! Braai/barbeque … Party gently!
- Mountain biking – bring your own bikes
- Excellent bird watching on the farm and in the district – see if you can add to our list.
Places to visit nearby:
- Mgungundlovu -This historic site is undergoing major improvements to its interpretative centre and will be closed to the public until later in 2009
- The memorial, Spirit of eMakhosini (Open daily 08h00-16h00, Entrance free) consists of a huge Zulu beer pot in brass – a symbol of friendship and communality – surrounded by giant depictions of seven animal horns, each representing one of the kings buried in the valley.
- Ideal for those traveler’s on their way to the HLUHLUWE UMFOLOZI GAME RESERVE as a stopover / or as a base to explore the surrounding area or for day trips into the GAME RESERVE 60km away
- OPHATE GAME RESERVE 20km away
- eMakhosini Valley (Valley of the Zulu Kings)
- umGungundlovo /Dingaanstad where Dingaan ruled and Piet Retief and his followers were killed
- Ulundi: KwaZulu Cultural Museum and Ondini Battlefield
- Restaurant and Coffee shop: Mthonjaneni Lodge,15km away
- Golf – Melmoth Golf Club 40km away.
- Beaches: The closest beach will be Mtunzini (about 1hour, 30 min drive) or St Lucia via Game Reserve