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7 Tender Glamping Sites in KZN

7 Tender Glamping Sites in KZN

KwaZulu-Natal, a sizable province on South Africa’s east coast, is renowned for its stunning beaches, imposing mountains, and enormous African Savannah. Moreover, KZN is a fantastic destination for nature lovers to visit because of its remarkable blend of natural beauty and outdoor activities.

No matter your interests, KZN has something to offer thanks to its diverse culture and entertaining activities. For the ultimate South African adventure, here are the 7 best glamping sites in KZN.

1. Zulu Nyala Game Lodge in Hluhluwe

Zulu Nyala Game Lodge in Hluhluwe is undoubtedly one of the best places for urban glamping in KZN.
Image: Zulu Nyala Game Lodge, 2023

Perched upon a remote mountaintop, this luxurious resort is made of thatched structures and exudes a charming historic vibe. Just 8 km away lies the Zulu Croc Reptile Park. On the other hand, the renowned Phinda Private Game Reserve is within easy reach at 19 km.

Zulu Nyala’s minimalist rooms feature tile flooring, tasteful wood furnishings, and complimentary Wi-Fi and tea and coffee-making facilities. Select rooms offer free-standing bathtubs or 4-poster beds, but TVs are absent. Consequently, this encourages you to immerse yourself in tranquil surroundings.

Elegantly, the wood-panelled bar and restaurant offer stunning patio views. While amenities including a tennis court, gaming room, spa services, and an outdoor pool call you out to play. This is undoubtedly one of the best places for urban glamping in KZN.

Book Zulu Nyala Game Lodge – Tripadvisor

2. Mandalay Bed & Breakfast and Conference

Mandalay is perfect for companies that wish to use glamping as a team-building strategy.
Image: Mandalay Bed & Breakfast and Conference, 2022

Mandalay is a glorious glamping B&B that is just 2.2 km from Beachwood Mangroves Nature Reserve and the beach. Furthermore, the B&B is only 7.9 km from central Durban. Mandalay’s cosy rooms feature private entrances, Wi-Fi, TVs, desks, minifridges, and tea and coffee-making facilities. Talk about a house away from home!

Your stay at Mandalay includes a delicious hot breakfast. Why not enjoy it at one of the sub-tropical gardens next to a pool? Other amenities include a guest lounge, bar, secure parking, and conference rooms.

Last but not least, dinner is available with prior notice. This B&B is an ideal retreat if you are seeking a peaceful and comfortable stay away from KZN’s city’s hustle and bustle. It’s also perfect for companies that wish to use glamping as a team-building strategy.

Book Mandalay B&B – Tripadvisor

3. iNsingizi Lodge & Spa in Durban

iNsingizi Lodge is a great option for a wellness glamping experience in KZN!

Nestled in the serene KwaZulu-Natal South Midlands, this laid-back lodge sits on a working farm and private game reserve, 15 km from the R603 road.

iNsingizi Lodge’s brick-walled chalets are warmly decorated and feature thatched roofs, and covered verandas as well as tea and coffee-making equipment.  Moreover, the chalets come with air conditioning and en-suite bathrooms with showers. Some chalets offer sofa beds, tubs, and/or dining tables.

A secluded house with 7 bedrooms, a full kitchen, and BBQ grills is also available. Breakfast is served in a rustic-chic dining room/bar for chalet guests, while dinner is available on request. Other amenities include a wellness spa and an outdoor pool, ensuring a peaceful retreat for nature lovers. What a great option for a wellness glamping experience in KZN!

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4. Thula Thula Private Game Reserve & Lodge

You’ll be 40.4 km from Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park and 30.6 km from Tusk Umfolozi Casino when you stay at Thula Thula Game Lodge in Ntambanana. Additionally, Enseleni Natural Reserve is 42.1 kilometres away from this 4-star hotel, while Boardwalk Mall is 45.9 km away. This makes Thula Thula great for a KZN glamping experience that mixes nature and urban living.

In one of the 8 bedrooms, you may make yourself at home. The bedrooms come with separate baths and showers and have their own patios or balconies. You may stay connected with the wireless Internet connection, which is provided for a small fee.

After a day of safari exploration, cool down in one of the 2 outdoor pools. Laundry, concierge services, and a picnic area are some other added amenities available at this lodge.  Furthermore, on-site self-parking is free, and an airport shuttle service is available upon request for an additional fee.

Book Thula Thula Game Lodge – Tripadvisor

5. Luxury Tents @ Urban Glamping in St.  Lucia

Luxury Tents @ Urban Glamping is the place to be for a fun glamping experience in KZN.
Image: Urban Glamping, 2022

This simple resort on a lush estate is 3 km from Jabula Beach near the Indian Ocean. Furthermore, Luxury Tents is 28 km away from the N2 in a town that is encircled by the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

Besides their simplicity, permanent tents with fans and communal restrooms are available at Urban Glamping. There are also improved permanent tents with safes, decks, and en-suite bathrooms.

Aside from BBQ areas, there are also equipped decks and gaming rooms with pool and foosball tables. On top of that, communal amenities such as kitchens, lounges, and outdoor pools are also available. Clearly, this is the place to be for a fun glamping experience in KZN.

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6. St. Lucia EcoLodge Guesthouse & Ecotours

St. Lucia EcoLodge is a lovey KZN glamping perfect for mixing business and pleasure!
Image: Eco Lodge St. Lucia, 2023

Similar to Luxury Tents, this modest conference hotel is located near the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, 1 km from the St. Lucia Estuary’s banks. Interestingly, St. Lucia EcoLodge is just 3 km from the beach.

Essentially, airy, relaxed apartments with sitting rooms, kitchenettes, private entrances, balconies, and furnished patios await you at St. Lucia EcoLodge.

There is a lounge, a restaurant, a pool outside, a deck with garden and ocean views, as well as a bar. Some of the available activities include horse riding, snorkelling and scuba diving. There are also 2 meeting rooms in the conference centre. Certainly, this KZN glamping site is a lovely place to mix business and pleasure!

Book St. Lucia EcoLodge – Tripadvisor

7. Granny Mouse Country House & Spa in Howick

For a historical glamping experience in KZN, visit Granny Mouse Country House & Spa in Howick.
Image: Granny Mouse Country House & Spa, 2023

If you are looking for a historical glamping experience in KZN then Granny Mouse Country House is the place to be. In fact, the Nelson Mandela Capture Site Memorial is only 11 minutes away here.

Spend some time relaxing in any of the 32 specially designed bedrooms, each of which has a plasma TV and fireplace. Furthermore, Egyptian cotton linens are included with your ultra-soft mattress and your room comes with a private balcony. Talk about luxurious glamping!

Granny Mouse’s full-service spa offers massages, body treatments, and facials so you may unwind there. Additionally, the recreational features, which include two outdoor swimming pools and rental bicycles, will enhance your wellness.

Book Granny Mouse Country House – Tripadvisor

KZN is Your Oyster

After much exploration, it’s crystal clear that KZN is the dream destination for avid nature enthusiasts. In fact, it presents a myriad of thrilling outdoor pursuits and an unparalleled feast for your eyes. Ultimately, the best way to experience the province’s marvels is through the unique glamping accommodations that cater to every individual’s preference. If you’re looking to expand your glamping horizons to other South African provinces, why not go glamping in Western Cape next? Have a wonderful time!

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