Magnificent views of the Lebombo Mountains, breath taking sunsets from the sundeck, the vista of the dam wall at night, the haunting cry of the fish eagle or a tete a tete with the snorting hippo’s and lazy crocs … These memorable experiences make the Three Cities Jozini Tiger Lodge in Northern Kwa Zulu Natal – the only accommodation actually situated on the banks of Jozini Dam, ideal for a weekend or even a family vacation.
Sometimes referred to as Lake Jozini or even the South African equivalent of Lake Kariba, the Dam is a renowned destination for tiger fishing. However don’t fear if you’re not a fisherman, there will definitely be something for you… mountain biking, an abundance of trails for running or walking, bird watching, sunset cruises and magnificent opportunities to view game.
Positioned just 300km from Durban on the Elephant Coast in the heart of the Kingdom of the Zulu at the gateway to Maputaland, the Three Cities Jozini Tiger Lodge is surrounded by a natural paradise. In addition to game along the shores of the dam itself which include elephant, buffalo, wildebeest, giraffe, zebra, kudu, bushbuck, duiker, steenbok, hyena and warthog – the Lodge is close to the Pongolapoort Reserve, the Ndumo, Mkuze and Hluhluwe/Umfolozi Game Parks and the iSimangaliso Wetland Park with its pristine beaches and beautiful coral reefs. Sodwana and Kosi Bay are close by which means that in addition to enjoying game drives and boat cruises, you have an opportunity to view the vibrantly coloured sea-life while snorkelling among the reefs or scuba diving. Deep sea fishing and whale watching can also be placed on your itinerary.
The main lodge boasts an array of amenities including a private lounge bar, swimming pool, a wellness centre with spa facilities, children’s playroom and a gymnasium. There is a superb restaurant, however, if you prefer to dine under the stars dinners can also be presented in the outdoor boma.
Although the Three Cities Jozini Tiger Lodge offers a range of accommodation options that include self-catering units, the place to stay is definitely in the lodge itself. There are currently 60 guest rooms, which include 3 deluxe suites, 21 family lofts and 36 classic standard rooms with another 10 which are due for completion by the end of October. In keeping with the style of the Lodge, the rooms are trendy, stylishly decorated and offer double beds while the family units possess sleeper couches. Each and every room comes with the standard features expected from a luxury hotel, en-suite bathrooms and furnished balconies overlooking the water.
The deluxe suites are perfect for a honeymoon or enjoying a romantic break. The large bedroom comes complete with a four poster king sized bed and specialized linen. The luxurious bathroom has a large jet bath with a shower and offers a wonderful view every morning. In addition each suite leads out onto a private balcony offering the opportunity to see hippo and more at the water’s edge while sipping that first cup of tea or watching the magnificent sunset.
Family lofts are the fun way for families to experience Africa in comfort. The generously sized rooms have either double or twin beds while the upstairs lofts have single beds. The en-suite bathroom has both a separate bath and shower.
If you wish to wake up to a breath-taking vista, be close and personal with the Big 5, glimpse the magnificence of the Hump-backed whale or patiently cast your line for that tiger fishing experience, there’s no better place to be than the Three Cities Jozini Tiger Lodge. For more information go to www.threecities.co.za or call 031 310 6900