Zingela Safari and River Company
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Offers unique accomodation to suit your needs and a range of activities from family friendly to adventurous. Try abseiling or white water rafting.
Safari holidays, bush camp accommodation for kids families & groups
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.
Outdoor activities at Zingela
The camp is ideally situated for guided game walks, birding or fishing. Sitting in the shade of a thorn tree with a good book is also a wonderful alternative. African time rules here and the Tree of idleness might find you a common visitor! Adventure activities are largely dictated by the seasons and nature has provided a wonderful playground. The river for rafting, kayaking, fishing and zip sliding. The cliffs for abseiling. Spectacular terrain for 4x4s, quad and mountain biking. The variety of birds, trees and game that makes every walk an adventure.
White water rafting
Our experienced guides are trained by and registered with the African Paddling Association. Many of our clients are novices so no previous rafting experience is necessary. Zingela has twice hosted the South African White water rafting championships. There is an excellent 20km stretch of rapids and pools on this section of the Tugela Canyon including the intimidating Washing machine and Finger rock rapids. Rafting on big water is traditionally between November and April but as always Mother Nature has the final say! On big water we use the eight and four man rafts while in lower water the two man crocs and one man kayaks are ideal.
Horse riding & mountain Biking
Guests are welcome to bring their own mountain bikes. The 20km bush track is tailor-made for off-road adventure.
Eco-friendly quads are also a great way of seeing the area and sensible riding often results in excellent game viewing along with the 4x4 terrain.
Those keen on things less man-made can choose to go on the cross-country horse ride The highlight of which, is the full moon ride. NOT for novice cowboys and must be booked in advance as the horses are not based at Zingela.
Love it or leave it but the game is guaranteed to turn you into a cowboy or a crook! The dry river beds make an ideal venue for the game.
Breakfast talk at camp centres on the types of bead head nymphs or bloodworm patterns that are known to work best, which section of the river to fish them, how to get there and the best riffles, pocket water and glides to work
The cliffs overlooking the Tugela Canyon provide dizzying abseil sites. Face your fear or watch other participants step over the edge. Registered, experienced guides are there to provide reassurance and safety.
The cable spans the Tugela River but there is no harness. You have to be able to support your own weight as you hang from the pulley that zips you across the water. If you don't let go you may end up hugging an Nguni cow on the opposite bank! It is best to release your death grip on command and get scooped up by the safety boat.
Mocking chats steal the butter; Pied wagtails tease the Jack Russells and the echoing call of the Southern Bou Bou provide depth to the tapestry of Zingela. Egyptian Geese and African River duck are common visitors to the Tugela and recently we have heard fish eagle calling.
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