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About Nkawu Cottage

Mtunzini, or 'Place in the Shade' in Zulu, is situated 135 km from Durban on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast. This small, friendly town is the setting for Nkawu Cottage and the home of Isabelle and Yves Peneff, a Belgian couple who left their country 14 years ago in search of tranquility and beauty. They found what they were looking for and would love to share it with you.

Mtunzini offers everything you need for an amazing getaway. There are a few shops and restaurants in town for your basic needs and many activities for you to enjoy. It also has its own nature reserve, a magnificent lagoon, breathtaking dunes and endless beaches, exactly 2,3 km from the cottage.

Nkawu Cottage is decorated with a professional touch, as Isabelle is a paint technique specialist. Attention to detail is what you can expect from this fully furnished, self-catering cottage, where everything is included for your comfort and to make sure that your stay is an enjoyable one.

The cottage features two separate air-conditioned bedrooms; one with a double bed and one with two single beds. An extra bed can also be arranged, if required. The cottage has an open-plan dining, living room and entrance hall, and facilities include a TV and video machine, a fully equipped kitchen, bathroom with basin, shower/bath and separate toilet, a barbecue area with garden furniture, and secure parking. Towels and sheets are provided, however guests are required to bring their own beach towels. Laundry facilities are available at an extra cost and DStv can be accessed with guestsl own smart card.

Local activities include table tennis on site, horse riding, microlight flights, golf, squash, barge excursions, surfing, mountain biking, many walking trails, water skiing, jet-skiing, canoeing and cultural tours.

Mtunzini is an hour away from the renowned Hlululuwe-Umfolozi Park and half an hour further north is the St Lucia Wetland Park, a World Heritage Site located on the Maputaland coast where scuba diving is a must. An hour's drive south towards Durban you will find the Gateway Theatre of Shopping where kids can enjoy the skateboard park and wave house, climbing wall or catch a movie. Alternatively, Eshowe, closer inland, offers an aerial boardwalk, high up in the forest canopy and a must for the avid bird-watcher.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 17 hours
  • Minimum stay: 2 Days
  • Type: Self-catering
  • Sleeps: 5
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Reviews: 11 Reviews


  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Braai/Barbecue

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French


  • 3 Stars - Tourism Grading Council of South Africa
* Please enquire for further details.

Important Information

DStv is available with guests' own smart card.

Nkawu Cottage Rooms

Reviews for Nkawu Cottage

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Wendy Davydenkov
24 July 2017

The cottage was lovely, very spacious and elegantly designed! It was lovely and clean and a great place to relax!

Kathy Pascoe
03 July 2017

We were warmly welcomed and we felt at home right away. Was so peaceful and quite.Will definitely recommend this self catering to all my friends.

Susan Van Niekerk, South Africa
16 July 2016

Really enjoyed our stay. Practical cottage.

irene Reid, South Africa
11 May 2015

Gracious and friendly hostess, Isabella.Beautiful setting and space. Tranquil and serene.Fabulous facilities and decor - just loved the place.We'll be back!

Hannelie van Jaarsveld, South Africa
08 January 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Nkawu cottage. A peaceful environment, comfortable accommodation and interesting and unique décor (not usually found in self-catering accommodation) contributed to a pleasant stay. The air-conditioning in the bedrooms was a great asset.

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Nkawu Cottage Map

Nkawu Cottage is 0.6km from the centre of Mtunzini , the nearest airport 83.1km (Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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Mtunzini Country Club

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(2.4 km from Mtunzini)

1 review

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Umlalazi Nature Reserve

(2.8 km from Mtunzini)

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