• Bush Camp

    Bush Camp

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    This private bush camp has a stunning setting under the Weeping Borebean, Tamboti and Marula trees on the Shayamoya Reserve. Sunny in Winter and shady in Summer.

    A small watering trough encourages the animals to drink close by including the herd of Cape Buffalo and giraffe, who cruise by inquisitively. There is an electric fence for guest’s protection.

    The 5 Gemsbok tents are simply furnished each with 2 beds and a side table. They are made up with linen and duvets. The camp is serviced daily.
    Self catering facilities include a big braai pit, grid area and tripod to hang pots and kettle over the fire; kitchen fully stocked with utensils and a 2 plate gas cooker and fridge. Wood is supplied for the duration of your stay. Should you require an additional load of wood, please contact reception, R200 per load.

    The camp is solar and gas energised so you can have a hot shower (in the evenings, weather plays a role!) and the beers stay cold! An electric point is available at the nearby slaughter facility for those campers with electric gadgets. Lighting is provided in the form of solar Consol jars and citronella lamps and the moon of course!

    Treat yourself to a meal at the Shayamoya Restaurant where a light lunch menu is on offer and delicious dinners. Relaxing massage and nail therapy is available at Shayamoya or for more treatments, the neighbouring SPA offers a variety of pamperings. Book direct.

    Activities include: game drives, boat cruises, archery and guided rhino walks. The reserve also caters for bow hunting. Please enquire with reception to make your booking.The Shayamoya Lodge guests have preference. It is not possible to pre-book activities (Subject to availability).

    Only high axle vehicles can access the camp. A 4×4 vehicle is not necessary.

    PLEASE NOTE: Camp is booked exclusively by one party, not per tent. Self catering – no electricity

  • Family chalet

    Family chalet

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    This roomy chalet is ideal for families; Mum and Dad enjoy a Kingsize extra length bed, while the rest of the family have fun in the bunk bed and pull out couch. This unit has the spectacular sunset view.

  • Honeymoon chalet

    Honeymoon chalet

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    Enjoy private moments in this spacious air-conditioned suite where the view of Lake Jozini is endless, and also a Kingsize extra length bed. The thatched chalets are built of local wood and stone and blend deliciously into their wild surrounding.

  • Standard Chalets

    Standard Chalets

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    The standard bush chalets are appointed with stylish elegance. Relax on your private deck overlooking Lake Jozini and the Lebombo Mountains and observe the curious behaviour of the scarlet-breasted sunbird or enjoy a visit from our resident Spotted Eagle Owl, Nandi. The chalets have either King size beds or twin beds and each sleep 2 guests.


A truly unique lodge in Northern KwaZulu Natal where the view from the spectacular setting is particularly breathtaking as you gaze out onto Lake Jozini, the Lebombo Mountains and the Pongola Game Reserves.

Privately managed by the Blevin family who have lived in the area for many years, Shayamoya exudes a warm and friendly atmosphere.


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Shayamoya’s specialty!

Tiger fishing is the truly exciting activity, which we offer. These ferocious fighting game fish are rare to South African waters however enjoy these sub tropical conditions. Good sizes have been caught in Lake Jozini (also known as Pongolapoort Lake) where the official record is 8.3kg. The lodge has a good selection of fishing rods and tackle for hire, but bring your own fly rods and tackle. Fishing trips are enjoyed by sharing the trip with other guests. Alternatively contact reservations to arrange for exclusivity to which fees are charged. Fishing trips are conducted on the 21ft Flymaster with a twin hull (Max 6 anglers), 18ft Kozi Cat (Max 4 anglers), and when necessary the 21ft Unique hull safari cruiser.

Game Drives

An open landcruiser comfortably seating 10 people is used for these events. 

The morning game drive departs between 6am and 7am seasonally. The afternoon game drive departs between 3pm and 4pm. The drives are 3hrs of fantastic bush experience where our rangers enlighten you on all aspects of nature.

Game drives take place on the Phongolo Nature Reserve, the neighboring National Reserve, which is the first Reserve to be proclaimed in Africa by Paul Kruger in 1894. The Reserve has an excellent population of wild life from white rhino, wildebeest, zebra, warthog, giraffe to a wide variety of antelope.

Game Drives:

A 3 hour drive conducted in the open Landcruisers comfortably seating 9 people.

Summer 6 am or 4pm departures.

Winter 8am or 3pm.


Boat Cruises

A must when visiting Lake Jozini to experience the wonderful birdlife and wildlife on the water’s edge. The 3 hour excursion on the canopied 12 seater viewing boat.

Summer 6am and 4pm departures. Winter 8am departures.


The area is an extremely rich and rewarding birding destination, boasting around 400 species of birds. Shayamoya has a wide variety of exciting birding habitats on offer most of which is typical Zululand Thornveld. Birding is enjoyed either on the game drive, boat cruise where a fascinating variety of water birds are seen from the water, and guided walks with our experienced game rangers.


GUIDED RHINO WALKS – we now also offer Black Rhino tracking 

Many guests enjoy stretching their legs and request guided walks however rhino walks are truly thrilling. We need 24hrs notice to arrange these walks of which there are two options.

1) White Rhino walks with the Pongola Game Reserve, meet at Mvubu Lodge. The trails are not strenuous and therefore enjoyable for all fitness levels. Ages 16 and above only.
Max 8 people. R550 p/person.
2) Black Rhino walks with White Elephant Safaris which is an unique and interesting experience. These rhinos have foot collars for security reasons and technology is used to track them. Ages 12 and above only.
Max 8 people. R450 p/person.