Zimanga is the first reserve in Africa designed for avid safari enthusiasts whilst simultaneously addressing the needs of wildlife photographers of all levels, offering exclusive wildlife viewing experiences and innovative photographic opportunities unlike any found elsewhere on the continent.
A choice between the ultimate in luxury and privacy at Main Lodge, or a great getaway with family and friends in your own private Homestead
Each of the hides was specifically designed for its potential subjects from large or small species to mammals and birds.
Take a look at our current offerings here. Packages are set up to facilitate a wide variety of choices for those wishing to experience Zimanga.
Zimanga, in KwaZulu Natal, is the first reserve in Africa designed for avid safari enthusiasts whilst simultaneously satisfying the needs of modern wildlife photographers of any level, both who prefer a deeper appreciation of the bush and crave an unhurried exclusive experience. Spread over nearly 70 square kilometers of pristine Zululand bushveld, fever tree forests and rolling hills, Zimanga is bisected by the Mkuze River and home to a splendid variety of animals and birds. Species including lion, elephant, leopard and cheetah roam freely across the region and can with luck be tracked down for unparalleled game viewing and photographic opportunities.
Longer stays offer much greater opportunities
to track down animals, or find subjects
The 5-night package offers a well-rounded visit to Zimanga and allows photographers to a highly varied experience…
Many have asked for more Overnight Hide
sessions during their visits, and we
For a long duration of stay, the 9 night package allows for activities and more chances of spending time…
This comfortable Homestead is situated on the western slopes of Zimanga and overlooks the reserve…
A sweet and short 3 night visit offers an introduction into the Zimanga experience, through a combination of vehicle safaris and hide sessions.
Zimanga which means “miracle” in Zulu is exactly that for photography enthusiasts, whether your passion is the big five or birds. The wildlife is abundant and the hides are ...well, I’m not sure the hides exist anywhere else in the world. A picture says a thousand words...so here are just a few I took on my iphone... Oh, and the lodge is 5 star by normal standards. By bush standards I rate them 500 stars. The staff, simply exceptional and super friendly beyond any expectation. - christinaanywhere April 2019
This reserve is such a special place. Completely geared towards wildlife photography. I am a novice and after a week here with two professional wildlife photographers, Steve and Ann Toon, I was taking the most incredible photos, which I am extremely proud of. The animals are respected and plentiful. The accommodation is luxury, beautiful place to stay. The food is endless and delicious, such a great. Our guide Hendri was knowledgeable and a talented tracker. The staff are friendly, enthusiastic and helpful. I will definitely be returning... I can't recommend highly enough - Grrranville June 2019
I have visited Zimanga on two occasions now and each time I have been awestruck by the facilities, guides, catering, accommodation and most of all the amazing opportunity to take unique photographs of all manner of African animals in the wild. The facilities and accessibility are world class -Tadman2, Huddersfield UK, June 2018
This year was our third visit and won't be our last. Zimanga gives a whole new dimension to wildlife photography and is available to all who visit. To maximise the opportunities a 7 day package is a must as there is ample time to experience all the photographic hides and get those' once in a lifetime spectacular images'. Southern African wildlife 'up close and personal' like you cannot imagine. We love this place! - BongoBickford Auckland, New Zealand. Oct 2019
The very reason why photographers visit Zimanga- the hides. Everything in the hide is as depicted on their website. Shooting pictures was never more exciting than in any of the hides. We spent 4 nights staying at Zimanga and we returned with a hard drive filled with shots I would want to print. - swayam92 Mumbai, India. Dec 2019