Gugulesizwe Camp is located in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. If you visit the camp during the whale season, you're most likely to randomly spot passing humpback whales from Gugulesizwe Camp’s hilltop location, just 4km inland. A bit different in feel to the humid seaside forest, ‘Gugs’ (as it’s affectionately known) is known for having beautiful early morning and late afternoon light shining on the camp's sea of grass. Sitting over the magnificent snorkelling site at Lala Nek, Gugs has all that is need for a perfect getaway with your people.

The camp has 7 en suite rooms (plus one family room with two bedrooms and a shared bathroom), as well as the bar, kitchen, lounge, pool deck and boma. When it's time to enjoy the ocean, guests can go on a shortdrive with the camp's 4×4 and enjoy the endless beach, rockpools, and all the wildlife-spotting possibilities that Maputaland offers. At Gugs guests can set their own schedule, guided only by the tides and their own desires. This is your time, and you have all the freedom to choose how they want to spend it, and Gugulesizwe will deliver.

*4x4 vehicles are required to access the camp and to travel between the camp and the beach – if guests do not have a 4x4 vehicle, they can safely park at Gugulesizwe's parking lot in Manguzi and a transfer can be arranged at an additional cost.

Accommodation options at Gugulesizwe

  • Gugulesizwe Rooms

    groupMin 1 guest - max guests

    Gugulesizwe's rooms are very homely and yet still has the camping feel to it. The room has concrete plinth floor, canvas and shade cloth walls and the tin roof …


    from R 1700 / Per person per night sharing

    R1400 Low Season


What's included

The Rates Include:

  • All accommodation on a shared basis;
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner (excludes drinks except tea and instant coffee. Gugulesizwe focuses on conservation and provide sustainable, plant-based organic meals.).
  • Use of safe and secure parking (4x4s in camp and 2x4s at our safe Manguzi parking lot in town).
  • Lodge guides, housekeepers, bartenders, hosts and chefs.
  • All applicable Tourism Levies and taxes.

The Rates Exclude:

  • All drinks;
  • Excursions and transfers;
  • Park fees, entrance fees, porterage, tours/excursions;
  • Cancellation, baggage and medical insurance;
  • Staff gratuities;
  • Any new Government taxes, levies, fuel or industry increases which are beyond our control.


How to get there

  • 4 hrs

    king Shaka International Airport

  • Gugulesizwe


  • Check in at Gugulesizwe

    12:00 on day of arrival

  • Check out at Gugulesizwe

    10:00 on day of departure

R 1,700
/ per person per night sharing

R1400.00 Low Season

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  • Amazing Place, Amazing Food

    A bit difficult to get to the camp but absolutely worth it. The seclusion, the environment, the views... super fantastic.. Mam Lindo and the staff where so over the top amazing... the food, I've never felt so healthy in my life and taste buds jumping out of joy each bite melt onto my tongue that's how good they were. review

    K. Visser

  • Special Place

    We really enjoyed our Gugs experience. They do things a bit differently to other establishments, which makes it special and enjoyable. The staff members were amazing, very well led by Jani. review

    L. Mvundla

Gugulesizwe impact highlights

Big Skies is ultimately about communities. Their goal is to contribute to a sense of community that begins locally and extends outwards. By partnering with local communities, they have been able to benefit from their profound knowledge of each area we have a presence in – and offer incredible experiences to guests. In everything that they do, they’re guided by a desire to offer sustainable ecotourism opportunities experiences in. It’s not just about what you can touch or taste; rather, they look to create moments that make deep impressions while treading lightly on the Maputaland ecosystem. Theyre conscious that our impact must always be a positive one. That’s why they focus on plant-based cuisine, renewable energy, and a level of comfort that’s entirely in keeping with their setting.