Words: Steven J Brown
Whether you are celebrating a special occasion such as a honeymoon, wedding anniversary, Valentine’s Day or birthday, or if your company is looking for a completely different team building experience to reward staff in one of South Africa’s most beautiful and memorable locations, Shayamanzi’s luxurious houseboats offer a setting and experience where nature is at its best.
Courtesy of: Steven J Brown
Shayamanzi staff are able to tailor make your cruise experience from themed celebrations to a team building exercise, in advance, to perfectly suit your specific requirements.
Shayamanzi has something for everyone from game viewing, tiger fishing, to relaxing and unwinding on board whilst taking in the beautiful surrounds. With the majestic Lebombo mountains as a backdrop and surrounded by game reserves, this is the perfect setting for any occasion to create memories of a lifetime. Lake Jozini can only be truly appreciated from the vantage point of a house boat and provides plenty of spectacular and memorable scenes.
With a selection of two ultra-luxurious houseboats that ply the waters of beautiful Lake Jozini, you are able to indulge in the peacefulness of nature.
If you are a corporate group who book out a houseboat and want to participate in competitive activities – these can include fishing competitions, game viewing hunts or even evening karaoke - to provide the camaraderie and shared experiences that will ensure that participants
interact and work together better in the corporate environment.
Cruising in style at up to 9 knots, Shayamanzi passengers enjoy different anchorages each evening. Because the western and southern banks of Lake Jozini are bordered by the Pongola Nature Reserve and the Pongola Game Reserve, guests enjoy sightings of rhino, elephant, buffalo, hippo, crocodile, hyena, wildebeest, giraffe, zebra, warthog, a variety of buck and even a cheetah or a leopard roaming the slopes of the Lebombo mountains.
For the more adventurous – seasoned fishermen and beginners alike - Lake Jozini is the only water in South Africa where you find the ferocious fighting Tiger Fish. Tackle and rods are available for hire on the boats.
Shayamanzi houseboats are not only the only boats of their kind in South Africa but are truly first class hotels on the water. They come with a world class crew to ensure delicious meals and great service. You can either book individual cabins for your guests or hire an entire boat for the ultimate team building or management planning expedition. Shayamanzi I is a 25 meter by 8 meter, double pontoon houseboat with 6 en-suite cabins and an eight seater Jacuzzi and two tender boats that go out for game viewing and fishing expeditions. Shayamanzi II is a 30 meter by 8.6 meter double pontoon houseboat - a dream cruiser! Spread over three levels are 10 air-conditioned, en-suite cabins plus a 12 seater jacuzzi. Three tender boats are on board for use for game viewing and tiger fishing. Each cabin is en-suite with shower, basin and toilet. They have mosquito netting, plug points and fans. Guests can also enjoy a 37” LCD screen with DSTV and a DVD home theatre system as well as on board entertainment.
For more information about them go to www.shayamanzi.co.za or call Elsabe Jordaan at Shayamanzi Houseboats on during office hours or email her on to enquire about the rates!