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Shayamanzi Houseboats offer guests accommodation onboard a boat on the waters of Pongolapoort Dam, commonly referred to as Lake Jozini. With daily departures, the two houseboats are each equipped with a dining area, bar and hot tub. Certain cabins on Shayamanzi Houseboats have large glass sliding doors which provide viewing opportunities of the Lebombo Mountains and the wildlife of the Pongola Game Reserve, while the interior cabins feature porthole windows. Guests can enjoy drinks at sunset on the viewing deck or participate in activities such as tiger fishing, mountain biking and bird watching. King Shaka International Airport is 310 km away whilst Swaziland and Mozambique can be reached within a 2-hour drive. Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve is 82 km away from Shayamanzi Houseboats.

Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 9.2 for a two-person trip.

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Property highlights

Top location: Highly rated by recent guests (9.3)

Free private parking available on-site

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Travel Sustainable Level 2

This property has told us they’re making considerable investments and efforts towards sustainability by taking steps that can have environmental and social impact. We’ve worked with experts including Travalyst and Sustainalize to create the Travel Sustainable programme – making it easier for you to experience the world more sustainably.
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  • Claire
    South AfricaSouth Africa
    What a special stay! The views were just amazing and the staff warm and friendly. My son caught lots of Tiger Fish and he can’t wait to come back.
  • Marissa
    South AfricaSouth Africa
    Everything was exceptional , 5 star service all round Food was delicious. Will definitely be doing this again 😀
  • Snedlamini
    South AfricaSouth Africa
    The crew was excellent! They went over and beyond to help make our cruise memorable! Thanks for the cake on my birthday, that was a lovely touch. My dietary restrictions were accommodated. Excellent communication from the reservations team on the...

Managed by Shayamanzi Houseboat (Pty) Ltd

Company review score: 9.6Based on 17 reviews from 1 property
1 managed property

Company information

The Shayamanzi Houseboat was all built from ground up, lakeside at Jozini Dam

Property information

Experience the first Houseboats in South Africa – the only ones of their kind. Onboard Shayamanzi Houseboat, soak up the stunning scenery of the Lebombo Mountains and superb wildlife of the Pongola Game Reserve on the shores of Lake Jozini (also known as Pongolapoort Dam). Enjoy the calm serenity of the open Lake Jozini waters, the thrill of Tiger Fishing or the fascinating pleasure of Game and Bird Viewing in the heart of the Zululand bushveld! Shayamanzi is about taking time out to appreciate Africa’s special wonders. Shayamanzi ll accommodates up to 20 Guests in six Deluxe, En-Suite Cabins and four Pontoon, En-Suite Cabins. The Deluxe Cabins offer large sliding glass doors as your window across the water. Each Deluxe Cabin can be made up with either two Single Beds or one King Bed. The Lower Deck Pontoon Cabins have three port hole viewing windows that look out across the Lake just above water level. These Cabins have a small seating area, which is ideal for additional bedding for a third Guest. The Pontoon Cabins are perfect for families with young children. Cabins are air-conditioned in the evenings. Comfortable Viewing Lounge, Fine Dining, Jacuzzi Bubbles, Fun, Sun!

Neighbourhood information

The Game Reserves surrounding Lake Jozini host many animal species which can be seen in herds from Shayamanzi’s decks: White and Black Rhino, Elephant, Buffalo, Hippo, Crocodile, Wildebeest, Giraffe, Zebra, Kudu, Nyala, Bushbuck, Mountain Reedbuck, Common Reedbuck, Red Duiker, Grey Duiker, Waterbuck, Steenbuck, Suni Antelope, Black Backed Jackal, Hyena, Cheetah, Wild Dog, Cerval Cat, Warthog, Bushpig, Banded Mongoose, Legavaan, Terrapin and the occasional sighting of Leopard which roam the slopes of the Lebombo Mountain Range. The muddy plains and reed banks provide excellent breeding grounds for the waterbirds which can be seen in thousands – Whistling Duck, Yellowbilled Storks, Spurwing and Egyptian Geese, Commorants, various Herons, Kingfishers, and several Fish Eagles. Along the entire Western bank is the magnificent Lebombo Mountain Range. One of the evening anchorages may be a night in the Gorge. Here the Mountains rise either side of you, covered in indigenous cycads and ferns and where the glo-flies make a spectacular show along the shoreline. Other overnight anchorages are in the River and at Mosquito Bay; both great fishing areas and very well positioned for game

Languages spoken


Property surroundings

Facilities of Shayamanzi Houseboats
Great facilities! Review score, 8.4

Most popular facilities
  • Free WiFi
  • Free parking
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Family rooms
  • Bar
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Towels/sheets (extra fee)
  • Additional toilet
  • Bath or shower
  • Shared toilet
  • Private bathroom
  • Toilet
  • Free toiletries
  • Spa bath
  • Hairdryer
  • Shower
  • Linen
  • Wardrobe or closet
  • Extra long beds (> 2 metres)
  • River view
  • Mountain view
  • Lake view
  • View
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Outdoor dining area
  • Sun terrace
  • Terrace
  • Cleaning products
  • Tumble dryer
Room Amenities
  • Clothes rack
  • Cooking class
    Additional charge
  • Themed dinner nights
    Additional charge
  • Bike tours
    Additional charge
  • Movie nights
  • Game drives
  • Evening entertainment
  • Cycling
  • Karaoke
  • Fishing
    Additional charge
  • Hot tub
Living Area
  • Seating Area
Media & Technology
  • Satellite channels
Food & Drink
  • Coffee house on site
  • Wine/champagne
    Additional charge
  • Kid meals
  • Special diet menus (on request)
  • Bar
WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Free private parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed).
  • Accessible parking
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Wake-up service
  • Business centre
  • Meeting/banquet facilities
Reception services
  • Invoice provided
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Smoke alarms
  • Designated smoking area
  • Air conditioning
  • Soundproofing
  • Carpeted
  • Fan
  • Family rooms
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Sun loungers or beach chairs
  • Hot tub/Jacuzzi
Languages spoken
  • English
  • Zulu

House rules

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From 13:30 to 14:00

Guests are required to show a photo identification and credit card upon check-in


From 09:30 to 10:00



Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodation type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check the conditions of your required room.

Children and beds

Child policies

Children of any age are welcome.

Children 13 years and above will be charged as adults at this property.

To see correct prices and occupancy information, please add the number of children in your group and their ages to your search.

Cot and extra bed policies

Cots and extra beds are not available at this property.

No age restriction

There is no age requirement for check-in

Mastercard Visa Cash is not accepted Shayamanzi Houseboats accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.


Pets are not allowed.

FAQs about Shayamanzi Houseboats

  • Yes, there is a hot tub. You can find out more about this and the other facilities at Shayamanzi Houseboats on this page.

  • Shayamanzi Houseboats offers the following activities / services (charges may apply):

    • Hot tub/Jacuzzi
    • Cycling
    • Fishing
    • Karaoke
    • Evening entertainment
    • Themed dinner nights
    • Movie nights
    • Cooking class
    • Game drives
    • Bike tours

  • The prices at Shayamanzi Houseboats may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates you select, hotel's policy etc.). See the prices by entering your dates.

  • Shayamanzi Houseboats is 4.3 miles from the centre of Jozini. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

  • Check-in at Shayamanzi Houseboats is from 13:30, and check-out is until 10:00.

  • Yes, Shayamanzi Houseboats is popular with guests booking family stays.