Shayamanzi Houseboats

Cruise on the first houseboats in South Africa

Shayamanzi Houseboats, the first houseboats in South Africa, are some of the best houseboats in Africa. Cruise along lake Jozini, view the beautiful scenery of the Lebombo mountains and most of all spot the wonderful wildlife that call the Pongola Game Reserve home. The Pongola Game Reserve is on the shores of Lake Jozini which is also known as the Pongolapoort Dam.

Spend your days leisurely taking in your surroundings, enjoy fishing for Tiger fish fishing and take an adventures mountain bike ride through the country. Relax in the Jacuzzi with a cool beverage in hand and spot game as you drift by.

The staff are friendly, knowledgeable and helpful to make sure that your time is the best it can be. Oak panelled cabin provided are incredibly comfortable as they all have en-suite with shower, basin and toilet plus plug points, hairdryers and fans. On deck there is a bar and restaurant serving delicious food.

Shayamanzi offer two houseboats with a choice of two or three nights' cruises. The houseboats are:
- Shayamanzi I is 25 Meter by 8 meter, double pontoon houseboat with 6 suites.
- Shayamanzi II is a 30 meter by 8.6 meter, double pontoon houseboat with 10 suites.

Please note that we recommend the Shayamanzi Houseboats are only suitable for guests over the age of 18 years. Please contact us for more details and we can recommend the best cruise for you.

Our Experts Recommend:
  • This is a unique experience in South Africa and one that show not be missed

Sample Itinerary Summary

We can tailor any part of this itinerary or create a new one just for you.

3 days
Group basis, Escorted

Itinerary Breakdown

Arrive at the houseboat and set on your way.

14:00 -
 Boarding time – Welcome & Safety briefing
14:30 - Cruise sets off when ready
16:30 - Water based activities of fishing or Game Viewing on tender-boats
19:30 - Dinner

All activities and times are weather dependant and are therefore subject to change at the discretion of the skipper.

Overnight Accommodation

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06:00 - Tea, coffee and rusks before going fishing
07:00 - Game viewing on tender-boats
09:30 - Breakfast
10:30 - Cruising time & game viewing from houseboat
14:00 - Light Lunch
16:00 - Water based Activities: Fishing or Game Viewing on tender-boats
19:30 - Dinner or Braai (a traditional South African BBQ)

Overnight Accommodation

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06:00 - Tea, coffee and rusks before going fishing or game viewing
08:30 - Breakfast
08:30 - Cruising time – backing to jetty with houseboat
10:00 - Back at Mooring jetty – Departure time

If doing a 3 night itinerary the third day will be the same as day 2 which gives you the opportunity to experience different activities  or just relax.

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    Itinerary Highlights

    • The only place in South Africa to have luxury houseboats
    • The only place is South Africa that you can fish for the ferocious Tiger Fish
    • Cruise on Lake Jozini
    • Game view from the boat
    • Enjoying excellent service from friendly staff
    • Mountain bike adventure