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Accommodation options at Gugulesizwe

About Gugulesizwe

Gugulesizwe, affectionately known as 'Gugs', is an immersive retreat located in the magnificent Maputaland region of KwaZulu Natal. Located 4km inland from a wild stretch of beach atop a scenic hill above the famed Lala Nek snorkelling site, the camp provides spectacular views over the seaside forest to the ocean beyond. Wake up to the sound of birds chirping and the smell of fresh coffee being brewed as you marvel at the morning sun shining on the camp's sea of grass – the perfect place for a rejuvenating getaway.

Gugulesizwe has just seven standard en suite rooms and one family room, ensuring an intimate retreat for couples, solo travellers and families or groups of friends alike. The camp also features a fully-stocked bar, dining area where all meals are served, a spacious lounge, sweeping pool deck and boma for campfires under the stars.

Gugulesizwe Setting

KwaZulu Natal is often considered a traveller's dream with its subtropical climate and natural environment that lends itself to adventure and exploration. It is located in the southeast of South Africa, with a long shoreline on the Indian Ocean. It's a hugely diverse region offering a melting pot of cultures, traditions and experiences characterised by an abundance of exciting game-viewing opportunities, historical journeys, cultural excursions and exhilarating water-based activities.

Maputaland is perhaps one of the most spectacular regions in the province, providing a sense of being far removed from daily life and immersed in a tropical paradise. Guests of Gugules izwe are able to embark on nature drives with the camp's 4×4 and enjoy the endless beach, swimming in the rockpools, and wildlife-spotting.

Please note: 4x4 vehicles are required in order 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.

What's included

  • All meals
  • Tea and coffee
  • All drinks (excluding fine wines and top-shelf spirits)
  • All activities (besides turtle excursion)
  • Full service and housekeeping
  • Use of safe and secure parking
  • All applicable Tourism Levies and taxes

Frequently asked questions

  • Do you need a 4x4 to get to the lodge?


  • 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.

    Conservio.com 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.

    Conservio.com 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. They are 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.

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