Shayamanzi Houseboat at Jozini dam

On their website.   Experience the first Houseboats in South Africa – the only ones of their kind. Onboard Shayamanzi Houseboats, soak up the stunning scenery of the Lebombo Mountains and superb wildlife of the Pongola Game Reserve on the shores of Lake Jozini (also known as Pongolapoort Dam).

The Shayamanzi Houseboat where two people died after a fire.

The South African Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa) is investigating the fire on board the passenger vessel at the Jozini Dam.    Two people, including a German tourist, died after a fire broke out on a luxury houseboat in Jozini, northern KwaZulu-Natal, over the weekend.   One still missing.

In a statement, Samsa confirmed that two people – one crew member and one passenger – had died.

The luxury houseboat known as Shayamanzi was reportedly on a two-night cruise on the Jozini Dam with four crew and five passengers. Samsa, with other stakeholders including emergency services, will continue to monitor the situation and update the public as and when new information becomes available.

Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs MEC Ravi Pillay expressed his sadness over the deaths.   Earlier today it was reported that two people, a crew member and a German tourist, had died during the incident. I am deeply saddened by this this incident and wish to convey my sincere condolences to the families and friends of those who are deceased.


Enjoy the calm serenity of the open Lake Jozini waters, the thrill of Tiger Fishing or the adventure of Mountain Biking in the heart of the Zululand bushveld! Shayamanzi is about taking time out to appreciate Africa’s special wonders.

Beautiful scenery of the boat before the accident.


NO 1 – 25 Meter by 8 meter, double pontoon houseboat launched by Dr. Narend Singh (Kwa-Zulu Natal Minister of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs) on the 18th October 2002.
NO 2 – Is a 30 meter by 8.6 meter, double pontoon houseboat launched in September 2007. She is a dream cruiser!

The Game Reserves surrounding Lake Jozini host many animal species which can be seen in herds from Shayamanzi’s decks: White and Black Rhino, Elephant, Buffalo, Hippo, Crocodile, Wildebeest, Giraffe, Zebra, Kudu, Nyala, Bushbuck, Mountain Reedbuck, Common Reedbuck, Red Duiker, Grey Duiker, Waterbuck, Steenbuck, Suni Antelope, Black Backed Jackal, Hyena, Cheetah, Wild Dog, Cerval Cat, Warthog, Bushpig, Banded Mongoose, Legavaan, Terrapin and the occasional sighting of Leopard which roam the slopes of the Lebombo Mountain Range.

The muddy plains and reed banks provide excellent breeding grounds for the waterbirds which can be seen in thousands – Whistling Duck, Yellowbilled Storks, Spurwing and Egyptian Geese, Commorants, various Herons, Kingfishers, and several Fish Eagles.

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Lake Jozini can only be truly appreciated from the vantage point of a house boat and the Shayamanzi rivals any first class hotel on the water.

Lake Jozini

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