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Zingela Safaris and River Company - Tented Safari Lodge between Colenso and Weenen

Zingela is a picturesque tented camp situated on the banks of the Tugela River in the heart of the Thukela Biosphere reserve between Weenen and Colenso in KwaZulu Natal

Whether you come to Zingela 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.

Accommodation at Zingela

Zingela Safaris and River Company - Tented Safari Lodge between Colenso and WeenenThe stone and tented camp is tucked away on the banks of the mighty Tugela. The sound of the water lulls you to sleep and the call of the mischievous Mocking Chat wakes you in the morning.

There is comfortable tented accommodation for 50 guests. Five of the tents are en-suite while the balance share three toilets and three showers. 

Zingela prides itself on first class campfire cuisine and most meals are served in front of the fire in the thatched boma or under the stars. The bar stocks a wide range of refreshments

White Water Rafting

Zingela Safaris and River Company - Tented Safari Lodge between Colenso and WeenenThe major summer activity is white-water rafting, and the most exciting time to do this is between November and May. The 30km 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 rafting guides are trained by SARA. No previous rafting experience is necessary.

Zingela Safaris and River Company - Tented Safari Lodge between Colenso and WeenenAbseiling

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 the rugged 4X4 tracks. Instructors available on request. Alternatively, make a day of it, take a picnic lunch and ride into Zingela on horseback. An added bonus is that you will be travelling through prime game country.


For those not interested in adventure activities, the camp is ideally suited for guided walks, gameviewing, 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.


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 Zingela can source highly experienced facilitators who link physical activities with discussions in the conference room.

Zingela offers Adventure and Leisure packages, please enquire for more info.



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