The major attraction to staying in Monzi is its proximity to the iSimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site (formerly known as the Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park), but more commonly known simply as St Lucia. Monzi lies virtually 15 kilometres outside of this beautiful body of nature reserve, a wee farming community spoken about in descriptive terms like 'sleepy hollow' and 'restful haven', close to Mtubatuba.
In actuality, there isn't much here, other than the Monzi Golf Course, a smattering of homes, the Monzi Village (a secure, townhouse complex) and a few essential trading stores. Most of the area around Monzi is farmland and it is particularly scenic because of the lack of development. From Monzi you can reach the little village of St Lucia, beaches, the entrance point to Cape Vidal and numerous game farms, notably the iMfolozi/Hluhluwe Game Reserve. Whilst you might be in the middle of nowhere, the access to nature at her best is undeniable.
Cape Vidal lies in the more northern reaches of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, and a stay at Monzi allows you to head up here on a day trip - well worth it for the quality of the snorkelling you can do in the bay. It is also relatively safe to swim here and the wildlife, particularly the birds in the surrounding wetlands, is awe inspiring. Book ahead and take a guided trail of the area.
If you can, head even higher up to Kosi Bay. There is a hiking trail here that takes one through mangrove forests, along the beach and through grassland, which is incredibly beautiful. There are also horse trails and the possibility of sighting dolphins and whales. With so much on the doorstep of Monzi, it is well worth a stay.
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Featured Attractions in (or near) Monzi
The Hluhluwe Umfolozi Park is the only park under formal conservation in KwaZulu Natal where the Big Five occur. Established in 1895, this is the oldest game park in South Africa along with nearby St Lucia Reserve. Set in the heart of Zululand this is the oldest game reserve in Africa, where Zulu kings ... more information
Now known as the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, St Lucia Wetland Park lies on the north eastern edge of KwaZulu-Natal. The incredibly beautiful series of beaches, coral reefs, lakes, swamps, wetlands, woodlands, coastal forests and grasslands that stretch all the way from Kosi Bay, virtually on the Mozambican ... more information
The Kosi Bay Nature Reserve is situated on the coast in the northern part of KwaZulu Natal and surrounds the Kosi Bay lake system. The system consists of four lakes and a series of inter-connecting channels which drain via a sandy estuary into the Indian ocean. It is home to a variety of birds and wildlife ... more information
Whilst the name of the route brings the battlefields of Ladysmith, Colenso, Dundee and Volksrust to mind, Route 66 is of a slightly different nature. Rather than heading up and around the N3, Route 66 takes one along a parallel route, slightly further north east, that links the towns of Gingindlovu, Eshowe, Melmoth, Ulundi ... more information