Mtunzini lagoon in the Umlalazi Nature Reserve at Mtunzini
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Map of Africa Mtunzini has all the hallmarks of being off the beaten track - kilometres of pristine beach, modest development, an air of not having being 'discovered' yet as well as a laid-back lifestyle enjoyed by residents distrustful of change in any form.
But, surprisingly, Zululand's most idyllic coastal hideaway is just a hop off the N2 and less than 90 minutes' drive north of Durban. It's just waiting to be discovered!
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WELCOME TO MTUNZINI

The Zulu word emthunzini means "a place in the shade" but in the history of this beautiful small coastal town it refers specifically to the place under the milkwood trees near the Umlalazi River where the White Zulu chief, John Dunn, would meet with the tribal elders of the area.

Visiting the town today gives exactly that feeling - a place in the shade.
Blessed with a sub-tropical climate (humid summers and mild winters) and a high annual rainfall, Mtunzini - or The Village, as the locals often refer to it - boasts a clean, safe, peaceful and abundant environment with a stunning outlook over the Umlalazi Nature Reserve and the sea.

Mtunzini was declared a Conservancy in 1995 and has also been awarded for its commitment to the preservation of its natural heritage.

A grove of raphia palms beside the railway line is one of the few declared natural monuments in the country and it is the best place to spot the rare Palmnut Vulture which nests near the top of the palm.
The palms were introduced to Mtunzini about 100 years ago from the swamp forests of the Kosi Bay and it's one of only six palm species indigenous to South Africa. The raphia palm can grow to a height of 25m in 25 years and its leaves are amongst the largest in the plant kingdom.
There is a timber boardwalk through the swamp forest, provinding easy access to the heart of the colony of raphia palms where the prime specimens create an awesome cathedral-like effect.

Mtunzini boasts a variety of leisure activities - including a challenging nine-hole 71-par golf course, fishing, waterskiing, tennis, bowls and horse riding - as well as a range of accommodation establishments and restaurants, making Mtunzini the ideal coastal base for exploring the nearby game reserves and surrounding cultural and historical attractions
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Mtunzini overlooks the Umlalazi Nature Reserve.
Mtunzini overlooks the Umlalazi river winding lazily through pristine coastal vegetation on its way to the ocean.
A golf course with a view
A golf course with a view: Mtunzini Country Club offers a challenging 9-hole course. Visitors are most welcome. Tel: 035 340 1779.
Map of accommodation in Mtunzini



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Accommodation

Restaurant

Raphia Palm Monument

Mtunzini Country Club
Tel: 035 340 1779


Mtunzini Tourism information
Tel: 035 473 3359

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Post Office

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Distance
(kms)
Mtunzini Durban Hluhluwe-
iMfolozi
Game
Reserve
(Nyalazi)
Hluhluwe-
iMfolozi
Game
Reserve
(Cengeni)
Richards Bay St Lucia Ulundi Rorke's
Drift
Isandlwana JHB
via Vryheid
JHB
via Durban
Cape Town
MTUNZINI
140
120
166
45
117
135
226
207
600
720
1880
ESHOWE
45
150
165
122
90
162
90
181
162
550
730
1890
GINGINDLOVU
22
130
144
147
67
139
115
204
185
575
710
1870
MELMOTH
90
195
210
76
135
207
45
136
117
505
775
1935
Accommodation in Mtunzini
Sand dunes at sunset
Boating on the Umlalazi River
ACCOMMODATION
Visitors are spoilt for choice when looking for accommodation in Mtunzini - from luxury B&Bs to affordable self-catering. Those seeking a variety of experiences should try the township stay or get a glimpse of the lifestyle of the Sugar Barons of old with a farm stay.
NATURAL HERITAGE

Mtunzini is surrounded by pristine natural beauty - from the Siyaya Coastal Park's unspoilt coastline to the Ongoye Forest where several 'specials' can be spotted - but also in the town where the Mtunzini Conservancy maintains its open spaces as an eco-showpiece.

SPORTING ACTIVITIES

Life in Mtunzini happens outdoors with a host of activities, ranging from golf, bowls and tennis to water sports like fishing, surfing and kayaking. The Mtunzini Athletic Club hosts an annual 16-km Bush Run as well as the mountain-bike Mtunzini Classic.

The Shembe gather at Judea near Mtunzini
Fort Nongqayi in Eshowe
Day trips to the game reserves
ZULU HERITAGE

Discover the fascinating history of the Zulu people whose kings have reigned since the time Shaka built his capital at KwaBulawayo near Ongoye Forest. Learn more about the Zulu way of life at one of the nearby Zulu cultural villages and enjoy some high-energy Zulu dancing.

HISTORY

The hills around Mtunzini are alive with history and a good starting place to get to know it is at the Fort Nongqayi Museum Village in Eshowe. Along the way visit some famous battlefields where Britain's military might were shaken by the gallantry of 'a remarkable people'.

EXCURSIONS & DAY TRIPS

Mtunzini makes the ideal base from which to explore some world-famous game reserves and the World Heritage site at isiMangaliso Wetland Park. If you're craving a bit of retail therapy then the malls of Durban,Umhlanga and Richards Bay are not too far away.

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