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Duma Manzi Eco Lodge and Spa

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Restaurants

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.

Picnics

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

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.

Activities, Sports & Leisure

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.

Wellness

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.

Birding

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).
Fishing

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 & Events

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.

Services

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 R3120
Double Room R3120

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 R3120
Double Room R3120

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.

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    Single Room R3570
    Double Room R3570
     

    GPS Co-Ordinates

    Latitude: -30.000971

    Longitude: 30.301866

    Directions

    Access to the Duma Manzi Eco Lodge & Spa

    SELF DRIVE:

    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.

    AIR TRANSFER

    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.

    Star Rating

    5 Star

    Memberships

    • Best of KZN - destinations of destinction
    • Bird Life South Africa - Birder Friendly Establishment
    • Tourism Grading Council of South Africa
    • Zulu Kingdom South Africa