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About Zingela Safari & River Company

Zingela is a picturesque tented camp situated on the banks of the Tugela River in the heart of an 8000 hectare conservation area in KwaZulu-Natal.

Whether you are with us for an adventure-filled holiday, conference or team building session, or just to relax in the special beauty of our area, the magic of Zingela assures you of a special and memorable stay.

Established in 1984, the stone and tented camp is tucked away on the banks of the mighty Tugela. There is romantic stone and canvas accommodation for couples as well family units. Eight of the tents are en-suite while the balance share three toilets and three showers.

We pride ourselves on first class campfire cuisine and most meals are served in front of the fire in our thatched boma or under the stars. The bar stocks a wide range of refreshments, but please let us know of any special requirements as there is no cafe around the corner.

White Water Rafting: The major summer activity is white-water rafting, and the most exciting time to do this is between November and May. The 30 km stretch of river known as the canyon provides some of the most thrilling white water in the country. The South African leg of the Camel White-Water Challenge took place at Zingela and the venue received rave reviews from participants and organisers.

A wide choice of river-rafting packages is available - from half a day to four days on the river. One man Kayaks, two man crocs and eight man rafts are used on the river, in accordance with water levels and the groups abilities. Safety is a priority, and all our guides are trained by SARA. No previous rafting experience is necessary.

Abseiling: The rugged cliffs overlooking the Tugela canyon provide dizzying abseil sites. Face your fear or watch other participants step over the edge.

Experienced guides are there to provide reassurance and to ensure complete safety.

4X4 and Horse Rides: Get seriously off the beaten track and make use of our rugged 4X4 roads. For the cowboys, take a picnic lunch partake of a horse ride on the neighbouring lodge. An added bonus is that you will be travelling through prime game country. The horse-rides need to be organised in advance.

Leisure for those not interested in adventure activities, the camp is ideally suited for guided walks, game viewing, birding, fishing or merely sitting in the shade of a thorn tree with a good book.

Special Functions: Zingela must be one of the most romantic venues for a 'wedding with a difference'. Vows are exchanged under a sheltered arch on the banks of the river, while Zulu dancers sing a blessing to the couple. The reception is a festive affair in the boma or under the stars. The candlelit honeymoon suite with its stunning views over the moonlit hills completes the dream. Zingela has been the venue for many other festivities including 21'sts, 40th and 50th parties and anniversaries. All of these have been memorable events.

Teambuilding: Out of the Office and into Africa. At Zingela neither your cell phone nor your car will be of use to you. Nature is your playground and Mark and his assistants make full use of the river, cliffs and rugged terrain to mould a team through shared experiences. The Itinery is tailor-made for your group and in discussion with your organiser. On request we can source highly experienced facilitators who link physical activities with discussions in the conference room. We offer Adventure and Leisure packages.

  • Type: Safari
  • Sleeps: 174
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Reviews: 6 Reviews


  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Satellite TV*
  • Wi-Fi
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Room Service
  • Conference Venues

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Zulu (isiZulu)
  • Afrikaans


  • No TGCSA Grading
* Please enquire for further details.

Availability and pricing

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  • Zingela Kitted Tents Zingela Kitted Tents Sleeps 3 Includes: Self-catering Rooms / Units: 6 Walk-in Safari Tent Sleeps two. Bed and Bedding supplied.Communal ablutions
    • Rooms Adults
      • Campsite own tents Campsite own tents Sleeps 3 Includes: Self-catering Rooms / Units: 5 Bring your own tent
        • Rooms Adults
          • Family Accommodation Family Accommodation Sleeps 12 Includes: All Meals Rooms / Units: 4 Double bed or 2 x 3/4 beds, single bed,
            • Rooms Adults
              • James Self-catered camp James Self-catered camp Sleeps 12 Includes: Self-catering Rooms / Units: 4 James camp consists of 4 en-suite units with communal kitchen. Each room has a double bed and either one or 2 singles... see more
                • Rooms Adults
                  • Larney Lane Larney Lane Sleeps 4 Includes: All Meals Rooms / Units: 3 Romantic accommodation with either double or 2 x 3/4 beds, en-suite, tea and coffee station and bar fridge.
                    • Rooms Adults
                      • Eddies Sleeps 3 Includes: All Meals Rooms / Units: 2 Charming, unusual family rooms with shower, basins and toilet semi outside. Set with trees and shrubs.
                        • Rooms Adults
                          • Dormitory Dormitory Sleeps 10 Includes: All Meals A dormitory with 10 single beds and shared ablutions
                            • Adults
                              • House on Hill House on Hill Sleeps 14 Includes: Self-catering A spectacular site perched on the cliffs overlooking the Tugela and main camp.There are 5 rooms at House on hill with... see more
                                • Adults
                                  • Warthog Island Zingela Tent Sleeps 3 Includes: Self-catering Zingela tents to be erected on Island, bucket showers and eco loo.Suitable for small school groups
                                    • Adults

                                      Reviews for Zingela Safari & River Company

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                                      Sue Burczak, South Africa
                                      09 December 2013

                                      We were so excited to visit Zingela and were blown away by this amazing hidden little treasure. The staff were so welcoming, friendly and nothing was too much trouble. The birding was fantastic - even though the weather was a bit cloudy and cool we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and will definitely visit again!

                                      Tinks Fowler, South Africa
                                      27 February 2012

                                      We had a great time. Staff were very friendly and welcoming. Accommodation and food was fantastic - Just wished we could have stayed longer!

                                      Antoinette de Heer, South Africa
                                      11 November 2009

                                      Hosts and staff were very friendly and helpful, service was great. Food was delicious. Rooms have a beautiful view and with the open air shower and canvas walls one feels very close to nature. We had a very relaxing weekend and would definitely return.

                                      Bradley Welch, South Africa
                                      18 April 2007

                                      What a fantastic escape. A stunning location, excellent meals and great hosts. Lots to do if you want and also a great relaxing environment.

                                      zonja penzhorn, South Africa
                                      07 December 2006

                                      WOW! Absolutely Amazing. For the city slickers to accept the creepy looking spiders as inmates came as a shock. We are still feeling the pain in our arms from the drill sergeant’s commands - FORWARD PADDLE - GO!!!! From amazing calming cocktail style drifting down the Tugela to the rocky hills on Quad Bike (Skilled driving I think) these memories of the Beautiful place, Fantastic food and Amazing people will be with us (P.S) forever. Thank you and see you soon. PS: To all that will visit there a word of advice: Ask for the Tugela special – A MUST HAVE!!!!

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                                      Zingela Safari & River Company is 14.6km from the centre of Weenen , the nearest airport 153.8km (King Shaka International Airport).
                                      *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling