Accommodation at Zingela

Graded 5 stars by Getaway writer Don Pinnock

We often get asked for a description of the accommodation and have found it easier to say what it is not than what it is! You will not be staying in a chalet, rondavel or tent. Each en-suite design is unique and has been built in unity with its immediate environment. We have used river stone, reed and canvas as materials. Larney lane is ideal for couples while Hotel & Aloes are more suitable for family groups or friends who know each other. J. camp is an extension of main camp but as it has its own bush kitchen and dining area, it does double up as a Bed &Breakfast or self-catered camp for those who prefer that option. The recently refurbished House On Hill is the original Zingela farmhouse. Perched on a cliff overlooking the river, it is just down stream from J camp. We use it for both those who want catered accommodation as well as for groups who would prefer to self cater and join the main camp for selected meals. We can comfortably host groups of forty and erect extra tents for larger parties. As an example, Zingela has been the venue for weddings and adventure races where we have catered for over a hundred guests guests. Our permanent campsite stuated between Main camp and Jame camp is open all year round while wild camping at Warthog island is best in the dry season.


Commonly referred to as Bushbuck lodge (due to a resident bush buck) or the honeymoon suite, Hitchens boasts the largest rock double bed headboard in Africa.

Furnished with a king-size bed and one single bed for couple with children.

Dawsons Creek

The outdoor shower on a rock must have one of the views in Africa. In the morning, the baboons on the rocky outcrops are the only peeping toms to worry about!

Furnished with 1 double and 1 single bed.


The trill of the mocking chat is the most harmonious of alarm clocks in the morning and Shayamoya (where the wind blows) has its own private reading or sundowner spots. Sleeps 3


Eddies consists of two units on the same site. Each has its own toilet and shower. Conveniently placed close to central camp it is ideal for family groups. Furnished with a double bed on the one side and 4 single beds on the other.

Hotel & Aloes

HOTEL TOP and ALOES TOP accommodation is suitable for family groups as the two thatched en-suite rooms are situated within sneezing distance from each other. Each quaint room is designed to sleep two adults or three children.

HOTEL BOTTOM and ALOES BOTTOM has a canvas roof and when dormitoried, can sleep ten

Both the Aloes & Hotel sites have their own outside fireplaces and so are ideal for those who want to spend quality time together.


J. CAMP (Catered, B & B , or self-catered camp.)

J.Camp is within easy walking distance downstream of Zingela main camp. It consists of four en-suite thatched units built with mud and reed walls and traditional earth floors.

There is a central simple bush kitchen for those who would like to self-cater or take advantage of our bed & breakfast package. Meals also available at the main camp..awesome setting and privacy for those who want to do their own thing.

House on the Hill (H.O.H)

The recently re-thatched the old farmhouse gets the first and last of the winter sun. The position of the house gives those who stay there a panoramic, eagles-eye view of the majestic Tugela river. It can sleep 12 at present (5 bedrooms). Guests who stay at the H.O.H can choose the catered or self-catered option. This is an ideal venue for small corporate groups who need privacy and un-interrupted inspiration!

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