South African Lodges

Duma Manzi Eco Lodge and Spa

D60 Richmond
Natal Midlands
Kwa-Zulu Natal
South Africa
Lodge Type

Duma Manzi Eco Lodge and Spa are on Twelve Thousand Acres of malaria-free the picturesque Natal. Found in the heart of a remarkable wooded valley in KwaZulu Natal this deluxe escape affords guests with an unforgettable and value-for-money 5-star wellness and wildlife experience. The lodge is an exclusive sanctuary offering the unique African wilderness to guests while ensuring that elegance and the personal touch is still a vital part of the experience.

The rooms at this Lodge are an elegant blend of luxury and homely charm with private decks from where beautiful views of the river and the distant mountains can be admired; the Luxury Rooms ensure that guests savour the spirit of the surroundings. Sleep comes quickly with the soothing sounds of water over rocks and stones in the distance.

In keeping with nature and the lodge’s solar power energy, there are no air-conditioners, televisions, fridges or kettles in the rooms. Cooler boxes, placed in rooms, ensure drinks are kept cool while hot water is supplied in flasks for tea and coffee.

Standard room features:

  • Bathrobes
  • Ceiling fan
  • Custom-designed soft furnishings
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Direct dial telephone
  • In-room safe
  • Luxurious toiletries (Instinctive By Nature range of natural products)
  • Luxury bed linen
  • Open plan luxury room
  • Tea and coffee making facilities.


The Main Lodge

The Duma Manzi main lodge is built on raised wooden platforms and offers a spacious veranda. The lodge is furnished in a classical Colonial African style proving a reminiscent of days gone by. Guests can relax with a good novel in one of the comfortable couches or enjoy a refreshing sundowner on the bar deck while taking in the magnificent view of the river below. A boma area creates an ideal setting for fine dining in striking surroundings.


Guests can enjoy an elegant dining experience of African Fusion Cuisine, a culinary delight of homestyle and healthy traditional foods during their stay here. All ingredients are fresh, and homemade in the traditional South African and African styles and all palates are catered be it the health conscious or the indulgent. To further enhance the dining experience, South African wines have been paired perfectly with the cuisine.

In the morning, enjoy freshly ground coffee in the indoor wooden bar and delicious sundowners in the early evenings. With a large deck and views of the majestic wildlife and prolific birdlife, the surroundings create the perfect backdrop for relaxing drinks any time of the day.

A TV Lounge is available for guests to enjoy which is equipped with a pool table and board games.

Conferences and Events

Experience a true African wilderness conference in South Africa when booking a minimum of five luxury rooms at the Lodge. The conference facilities are suitable for executive or board meetings as well as executive team building activities. Individual programmes can be designed to cater to specific requests e.g. mountain biking or archery. Menus can also be modified as required to accommodate conference delegates.

Conference facilities

  • Conference room which is suitable for board meetings, lectures and presentations
  • 18 delegates in “U” shape
  • Discussion notepads and pens
  • Water, sweets and cordials
  • Additional equipment: screen, flipchart and pens, data projector
  • Breakaway rooms

Health and Beauty Spa

A private sanctuary, beautiful rock plunge pool and peaceful Jacuzzi area ensure that guests find themselves entering another world, one with the exciting prospect of a virtual metamorphosis. At the Lodge & Spa, guests can restore the balance of mind, body and soul of what life’s stresses deplete.

Whether guests choose to indulge in one of the holistic spa treatments, leisurely walks along the river bank, embark on one of the advanced self-guided or guided trails, or mountain bike and explore, the choice is there for guests to make.

Special Occasions & Weddings

The Lodge provides a unique, private sanctuary that offers the ultimate venue for a variety of different functions including:

  • Intimate and romantic weddings
  • Anniversaries
  • Birthdays
  • Romantic occasions
  • Wellness rejuvenations
  • Family reunions

Privacy and exclusive luxury ensure guests capture the magic of the surroundings, providing the perfect location for a celebration where family and friends can enjoy wildlife drives, boma or dinners and elegant fine dining.

An exciting combination of a wild African experience and luxurious opulence during a wedding at this Lodge ensures that guests feel like royalty, enjoying therapeutic massages, sunset cocktails and riveting wildlife viewing.

A personal wedding planner is available to assist with all the planning including entertainment, the menus, beverages, wedding decor, photography and the desired spa treatments. The Lodge offers a private sanctuary which is ideal for small intimate weddings ranging from six to 40 people.

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  • Bathrobe
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Direct Dial Telephone Number in room
  • Housekeeping
  • In-room safe
  • Tea and coffee making facilities


Formal Dining Room

The formal dining room at the Duma Manzi Eco Lodge & Spa is elegant and warm and reminiscence of a time long-ago with its African Colonial elegance. Gorgeous Teak furniture and elaborate ornaments enhance the dining experience as does the wooden deck surrounding the dining room. Take in the wonder of nature as the river hurries by while the breathtaking sunset provides the perfect curtain-call on delicious fine-dining.

Sandstone Deck

Enjoy breakfast on the Sandstone Deck of the Duma Manzi Eco Lodge & Spa while listening to the water rushing beneath you, and in the evenings dine under the African skies with the romantic charm of the starry skies while lanterns and candles complete the intimate experience.

Boma Bush Dinners

Enjoy sitting around the crackling fire while experiencing the wonderful tastes of the traditional South African meals served at the Duma Manzi Lodge in South Africa. The boma dinners are a truly fabulous and unique dining experience.


From a delicious packed lunch to a formal spread in the wilderness areas, a picnic offered by the Duma Manzi Eco Lodge & Spa is a fun and delicious way to treat the taste buds. Picnics are prepared upon advance request and at an extra cost.

Spa Facilities

While listening to the tranquil sounds of birdlife and the cascading river water, guests at KwaZulu-Natal's Duma Manzi Eco Lodge and Spa are treated and pampered with holistic treatments that are therapeutic and restorative for their whole being.

The Eco-Spa uses the Dr Hauschka range of holistic skin care products, organically certified and internationally recognised as well as their own Natural and Organic Eco-Spa Products and Treatments which make use of locally sourced pure essential oils and organic products.  A full range of skin care treatments, spa body treatments, and holistic touch therapies are available for guests in search of relaxation during their stay.

Unique features at the Duma Manzi Spa:

  • handcrafted furniture and apparel
  • custom designed bed with African rain shower
  • wooden massage beds
  • wooden spa trolleys and shelves
  • hydrotherapy bath and Steam room surround.

Spa facilities:

  • therapy suite with hydrotherapy bath for couples and double treatment room overlooking the river and sandstone cliffs
  • single treatment rooms
  • African rain shower / wet room
  • cold plunge pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Rasul chamber/steam room
  • The lounge overlooks the river and African wilderness
  • qualified therapists and spa attendant.

Game Drives

A game drive with one of the lodge's knowledgeable and experienced field guides at Duma Manzi provides an excellent opportunity to explore the African bushveld in all its diversity. 

The game drives to ensure that visitors experience the awe-inspiring scenery as well as a variety of fauna and flora and with stops along the river and at some lookouts, visitors can experience an African sunset in all its magnificent beauty.

Guided Walks

Guided walks allow walkers to feel the pulse of the wilderness and learn of the intimate secrets of the African bush.  A beautiful trail to the waterfall, within the reserve, is available for the more energetic walkers.  Clear pools en-route provide those special moments to take a dip and refresh.

Self-Guided Walks

The surrounding landscape at the Duma Manzi Eco Lodge and Spa provide some exciting opportunities for guests to enjoy the spectacular scenery at their pace.


Accommodating only eight guests a day, the spa at the Duma Manzi Eco Lodge in KwaZulu-Natal guarantees privacy and care while providing individual attention and sheer indulgence.  A great selection of relaxing spa and beauty treatments awaits the traveller at Duma Manzi.


With over 300 bird species in the reserve, Duma Manzi is a paradise for birding enthusiasts. The Lodge is registered with Birdlife South Africa and among the “specials” on the birding are magnificent birds such as:

  • African Fish Eagle
  • Cape Vulture
  • Crowned Eagle
  • Martial Eagle
  • Ground Hornbill
  • Narina Trogon
  • Purple Crested Tauroco (Loerie).

There is a large number of indigenous and alien fish that can be found in the Mkomazi River. Fishing rods are available to hire from the Duma Manzi Lodge, alternatively, guests are welcome to bring their own.

Fish which can be found in the rivers:

  •  Carp
  •  Sharp tooth catfish (barbel)
  •  Carp (alien)
  •  KwaZulu-Natal yellow fish
  •  African mottled eel
  •  Chubby-head barb.
Star Gazing

Enjoy an evening of star gazing at the Duma Manzi Eco Lodge and Spa while the guide provides insights into Greek mythology as well as long-forgotten Zulu folklores.

Butterfly and Frogging

A large variety of butterfly and frog species provide fun-filled activities, thoroughly enjoyed by the children at the Duma Manzi Eco Lodge and Spa.

Arts and Leisure

Designed with a philosophy and commitment to enriching lifestyles and provide guests with memorable experiences, the Arts & Leisure Series at the Duma Manzi Eco Lodge, South Africa, involves authors, artists, guest speakers and culinary professionals who help to accentuate the beauty that surrounds the lodge.

Conferences at the Duma Manzi Eco Lodge and Spa

Experience a true African wilderness conference when booking a minimum of five luxury rooms at the Duma Manzi Eco Lodge and Spa, South Africa. The conference facilities at Duma Manzi are suitable for executive or board meetings as well as executive team building activities. Individual programmes can be designed to cater for specific requests e.g. mountain biking or archery.  Menus can also be modified as required.

Conference facilities:

  •  conference room suitable for board meetings, lectures and presentations
  •  number of delegates 18 delegates in “U” shape
  •  breakaway rooms.

Standard conference equipment:

  •  conference note pads
  •  pens
  •  water
  •  sweets
  •  cordials.

Additional equipment:

  •  screen
  •  flipchart and pens
  •  data projector.

  • Airstrip
  • Curio Shop
  • Helipad
  • Restaurant
  • Spa

Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 14:00
  • Check out: 10:30
General Services
  • Airport transfers
  • Concierge services
  • Housekeeping service
  • Internet connection
  • Laundry services
  • Room service
  • Valet parking
Malaria Status and Animals
  • The Duma Manzi Eco Lodge and Spa in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, is located in a malaria-free area.

Children Policy
  • Children between the ages of three and twelve years old, sharing with adults in the luxury rooms, pay 50% of the adult rate during their stay at the Duma Manzi Eco Lodge and Spa, South Africa.

    • Children under the ages of three years stay free of charge.
    • A maximum of 2 children, under the age of twelve years, can share the Sandstone Room with their parents.
    • As per the International Spa Standards, children under the age of twelve are not permitted in the Wellness Centre.
Pet Policy
  • Pets are not allowed at the lodge.

Children Activities
    • board games and puzzles
    • face painting
    • story books in the games room
    • the rangers will spend time with the new cubs, enlightening them on their surroundings and animals they see
    • the cubs enjoy their very own game drive experience, identifying the different animal tracks
    • learn about the stars – an exciting basic stargazing experience for kids and adults
    • face painting
    • learn Zulu greetings
    • board games
    • fishing
    • frogging

Available Rooms

Fish Eagle Luxury Room

Open-plan luxury rooms, with a communal swimming pool, provide guests with relaxed yet private accommodation in the tranquil African veld.  The rooms are ideally positioned to offer astounding views of the river and stunning cliffs.  Fish Eagles can be seen and heard as they soar and feed through the valley.

 Fish Eagle Luxury room features:

  • Ceiling fan
  • Custom-designed soft furnishings
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Direct dial telephone
  • In-room safe
  • Luxurious toiletries
  • Luxury bed linen
  • Open plan luxury room
  • Tea and coffee facilities.
Single Room R2410
Double Room R2410

Luxury Family Unit

The Luxury Family unit at the Duma Manzi Eco Lodge and Spa consist of two adjacent bedrooms, each with its own en- suite Victorian-African-styled bathroom. The unit has a private garden and rock pool with entrance from glass sliding doors in each bedroom. This accommodation option is perfect for families to enjoy quality time together without interruptions or disturbances from other guests.

 Luxury Family Unit features:

  •  Open plan luxury room
  •  Bathrobes
  •  Ceiling fan
  •  In-room safe
  •  Luxurious toiletries
  •  Exclusive bed linen
  •  Custom-designed soft furnishings
  •  Daily housekeeping
  •  Direct dial telephone
  •  Tea and coffee making facilities.
Single Room R2410
Double Room R2410

Sandstone Luxury Room

The private Sandstone Luxury Rooms are perfectly blended with the astounding beauty of the surrounding wilderness, and each room has its private plunge pool. Glass doors lead from the bedroom and bathroom onto a wooden deck providing splendid views of the cascading river below.

Sandstone Luxury Rooms:

  • Custom-designed soft furnishings
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Direct dial telephone
  • In-room safe
  • Luxurious toiletries
  • Luxury bed linen
  • Open plan luxury room
  • Tea and coffee facilities.







    Single Room R2760
    Double Room R2760

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    GPS Co-Ordinates

    Latitude: -30.000971

    Longitude: 30.301866


    Access to the Duma Manzi Eco Lodge & Spa


    Guests are welcome to self-drive to the Lodge. Please allow for about 1hours and 15 minutes for a scenic drive from Durban (90kms) and Umhlanga (124kms).
    It takes about 45 minutes to reach the Duma Manzi Eco Lodge & Spa from Pietermaritzburg.


    Helicopter Pad: it is about 20 minutes flying time from the Virginia Airport / Helicopter Charter Flights can be requested.
    Fixed wing aircraft also coordinates available for the nearby airstrip.
    Please note this is not a registered landing strip and landings need to be arranged with the lodge before arrival.

    Directions to the Duma Manzi Eco Lodge & Spa from KwaZulu North Coast / King Shaka International Airport:

    From King Shaka International Airport picks up zone follow signs N2 South/Durban (N2 Toll Gates)
    N2 toll gates are approximately 4km from pick up zone
    Continue along the N2 (N2 Port Shepstone) for 32,7 km until the sign showing N2 Port Shepstone N3 Pietermaritzburg
    Follow N3 sign Pietermaritzburg / Johannesburg
    Continue to follow N3 Pietermaritzburg signs until you reach N3 Toll Gates; approximately 34,3 km
    Continue N3 Pietermaritzburg (after passing through Toll Gates)
    Take the Camperdown turn off ( approximately 34,5 km)
    At the Yield sign at the top of the off ramp, turn left to R603 Umbumbulu
    Travel 3km to T-Junction (Stop Street) and turn left to R603 Umbumbulu
    Continue for 15.5 km and turn right to R624 Eston / R56 Richmond (as a landmark, there will be a Caltex Garage to your far left)
    Travel past the Eston Sugar Mill (Illovo) on your left
    Continue for 24.3 km
    You will reach a sign board on your left which reads Duma Manzi Private Game Reserve - turn left onto a gravel road
    Travel 7 km until you reach the main gate.

    Directions to the Duma Manzi Eco Lodge & Spa from KwaZulu South Coast:

    Travel on N2 South - take R603 Umbumbulu/Kingsway turn off
    Follow R603 Umbumbulu for about 48kms, as a landmark, there will be a Caltex garage on your right as you pass
    Turn left to R624 Eston / R56 Richmond
    Pass Eston Sugar Mill (Illovo) on your left and continue for about 24kms
    Turn left onto gravel road at DUMA MANZI PRIVATE GAME RESERVE board
    Travel about 7kms on a gravel road to the main gate.

    Directions to the Duma Manzi Eco Lodge & Spa from Johannesburg via Pietermaritzburg:

    Approaching from Johannesburg on N3 Exit 83 (signposted Chatterton Road/M40)
    Follow M40 to city centre
    Go past a school on the right and cross the bridge
    At the 1 st robot turn right into Woodhouse Road
    After short distance (approx 200m) ease right into New England Road
    Turn right at the robot past a Shell garage (on your left)
    At the next robot, turn left into Alexandra Road (R56 Richmond)
    Remain in R56 past Thornville & Bainesfield
    Go Past Richmond Village & Country Club then turn left on R624 (Eston)
    Drive 4-5km along R624 then turn Right onto dirt road (Sign posted to Duma Manzi)
    Follow the dirt road for 7 km until you reach reserve gate.

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