Welcome to Duma Manzi Eco Lodge & Spa
Duma Manzi Eco Lodge and Spa is a Wellness and Wildlife retreat, a sanctuary offering a unique African Wilderness. Nestled in the forest valley, set amongst a backdrop of some of Kwa-Zulu Natal’s most spectacular scenery, lies a small, luxurious boutique Eco-Lodge, with an elegant and personal touch.
A comfortable 1-hour drive from Durban and 45 minutes from Pietermaritzburg, lying on both sides of the Mkomazi River, lies a 5000 Hectare, malaria and predator-free reserve; the perfect retreat from the pressures of the modern world.
This extraordinarily beautiful and tranquil African Wilderness setting is the ideal retreat for those seeking privacy, exclusivity, and absolute serenity. DUMA MANZI LODGE
Duma Manzi Eco Lodge and Spa is a Wellness and Wildlife retreat, a sanctuary offering unique African wilderness. Nestled in the forest valley, set amongst a backdrop of some of Kwa-Zulu Natal’s most spectacular scenery, lies a small, luxurious boutique Eco-Lodge, with an elegant and personal touch. A comfortable 1-hour drive from Durban and 45 minutes from Pietermaritzburg, lying on both sides of the Mkomazi River, lies a 5000 Hectare, malaria and predator-free reserve; the perfect retreat from the pressures of the modern world.
This extraordinarily beautiful and tranquil African wilderness setting is the ideal retreat for those seeking privacy, exclusivity, and absolute serenity.
Our Spa has one of the most beautiful approaches one can imagine. It consists of slate stepping stones along the entire length of wilderness that leads one into an intimate private sanctuary. By the time guests are greeted by our friendly Spa Manager, they have already begun their journey into peace and natural tranquillity.
As guests go through to the change rooms and shower, they find themselves immersed in a cave surrounding. Entering the rock plunge pool and Jacuzzi area creates a feeling of entering another world, with the promise of a virtual metamorphosis. Immerse yourself in tranquil surroundings whilst listening to the prolific birdlife, nature’s sounds and cascading river water whilst indulging in holistic treatments that are therapeutic and restorative for your total wellbeing, with our holistic choices of Natural and Organic Eco-Spa Products and Treatments. Our Eco-Spa has chosen locally sourced pure essential oils and a small range of unique natural and organic products that are supplied by Instinctive by Nature.
A pristine malaria-free wilderness of some 5000 hectares, enable guests to enjoy the exclusive experience of tranquillity and the natural African Wilderness. Topographically the reserve consists of plateaus, steep densely wooded slopes, valley bottoms, drainage lines, and a large central basin. The main watercourses are the KwaNcibi, KwaJakaza, Mtungwane and Nkoxweni rivers. Large hills that are prominent include Sandluluba, Ndulwini and Spitz Kop. The reserve is situated in the summer rainfall region with annual rainfall in the high lying areas of about 800mm and 700mm in the lower lying areas. The range in altitude is considerable, varying from 820 meters above sea level in the southwest to 430 meters on the banks of the Umkomaas River.
Duma Manzi has a wide range of geological features, including outcrops of sandstone and dolerite, which give rise to the spectacular cliffs. There are also sedimentary rocks formed from melting glaciers (called glacial tillite), that have drop stones from the Witwatersrand Complex embedded in them. The soils derived from the above rocks, together with the steep slopes, river valleys and undulating hills and plateaus, result in a variety of landscapes, which in turn supports many different plant and animal species. The ecosystems support more than 300 species of birds, among the specials on the bird list, are African Fish Eagle, Martial Eagle, African Crowned Eagle, Verreaux (Black Eagle), Ground Hornbill, Narina Trogon, Knysna and Purple Crested Tauraco (Loerie). A wide variety of butterfly species are seen in the woodlands and high lying grasslands and frogging is also high on the list with a variety of species found in the reserve.
Besides our prolific bird life and other animals, Duma Manzi is home to the following wildlife: disease-free buffalo, the elusive leopard, giraffe, zebra, blue wildebeest, kudu, nyala, bushbuck, impala, blesbok, oribi, grey and blue duiker, common reedbuck, eland, serval, striped polecat, banded mongoose, slender mongoose, water mongoose, white-tailed mongoose, African weasel, aardwolf, African wildcat, honey badger, black-backed jackal, clawless otter, caracal, large-spotted genet as well as many smaller mammals, predators and reptiles.