Gugulesizwe Research Camp

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The Gugulesizwe Research Camp in KwaZulu-Natal is an exclusive use camp and a well kept secret hideaway, named for the scientists and researchers for whom it was originally built for, now offering a different Maputaland experience, perfect for exploring the beauty of the area at your leisure. Stunning ocean views from each of the four two people bedrooms.

Just across the grassy dunes, a short stroll away, is Gugulesizwe Dive Camp, with Gugulesizwe Research Camp is run completely separately to ensure your privacy and exclusivity allowing you to have a private tropical retreat, with a splash pool a few steps away ready to cool you down. 

Your seclusion is entirely optional, the forests, dunes and grasslands teeming with life, birds to watch, duikers to spot, all ready for you to experience whenever you wish it. Or simply relax in the main area with its well equipped self-catering kitchen and breathtaking sunset deck, enjoy a braai beneath the date palms, followed by spending time looking at the stars during the balmy coastal evenings.

The en-suite bathrooms provide ample hot water by wood-burning donkey boilers. The rooms are set far enough apart to be private, yet close enough to feel inclusive. Mosquito nets are draped over the beds, providing adding comfort. Magical fairy-lights, Mozambican carvings and vibrant carpets contribute to the welcoming and a sense of fantasy. Each gesture adding to the chic, yet homely feel and modern rustic charm. Children will enjoy the freedom to play in the fresh air, natural living style and the adults will enjoy walks through the forest and beach. 

Gugulesizwe Research Camp is regularly used as a self-catering base however catering options are available, please speak to us when booking.


  • Fan
  • Tea and coffee making facilities

Facilities Available at Gugulesizwe Research Camp

  • Sun deck
  • Swimming Pool

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