The Zulu Kingdom boasts superb all year round sub-tropical weather with an average of 320 days of sunshine a year! Zingela's average rainfall of 600mm falls mainly over the summer months This is when the peaceful Tugela wakes up from its hibernation and provides some of the most exciting rafting in the country.

With these statistics in mind you might decide to do absolutely NOTHING while unwinding at Zingela. The camp is ideally situated for guided game walks, birding or fishing. Sitting in the shade of a thorn tree with a good book is also a wonderful alternative. African time rules here and the Tree of idleness might find you a common visitor!

Adventure activities are largely dictated by the seasons and nature has provided a wonderful playground.

The river for rafting, kayaking, fishing and zip sliding. The cliffs for abseiling. Spectacular terrain for 4x4s, quad and mountain biking. The variety of birds, trees and game that makes every walk an adventure.

Rafting: Smell the roses: R275 pp.

Abseiling: R275 pp.

Rod Fee: R150 pp.

Night drive & feeding the Wild Boar: R75 pp.

Guided game-walks: R75 pp.

Kiddies Scorpion Hunt with UV lights: R25 pp.


Summer is all about white water rafting and Zingela has twice hosted the South African White water rafting championships. There is an excellent 20km stretch of rapids and pools on this section of the Tugela Canyon including the intimidating Washing machine and Finger rock rapids. Water levels alter the mood of the river but whether the river rises along with adrenalin levels or whether the water converts to a “smell the roses” experience, these adventure trips are unforgettable. Rafting on big water is traditionally between November and April but as always Mother Nature has the final say! On big water we use the eight and four man rafts while in lower water the two man crocs and one man kayaks are ideal. Our experienced guides are trained by and registered with the African Paddling Association. Many of our clients are novices so no previous rafting experience is necessary.

White water rafting

Mountain Biker

Zingela offers some wonderful single track riding and interspersed with rugged 4x4 vehicle bush tracks. The ride in from both Weenen & Colenso offers 30kms plus dirt road riding at its best. The abundance of game in the bushveld wilderness adds to the riding experience. Guests are welcome to bring their own mountain bikes. Eco-friendly quads are also a great way of seeing the area and sensible riding often results in an excellent game viewing along with the 4x4 terrain.

Mountain Biking & E-Biking


Love it or leave it but the game is guaranteed to turn you into a cowboy or a crook! The dry river beds make an ideal venue for the game.

Paint Ball


Fly fishing for Yellows in the Tugela is not only a sport but a passion. With over 20km of water to fish on, you are spoilt for choice!

Fly Fishing

Helping Hand

The cliffs overlooking the Tugela Canyon provide dizzying abseil sites. Face your fear or watch other participants step over the edge. Registered, experienced guides are there to provide reassurance and safety. The following poem says it all!

Over the Edge

Cold sweat, false bravado.

Anxious eyes, fidgeting hands the senses are brought to life.

Rough rocks, cool breeze

An agony of waiting

The edge, a leap of faith

Fear becomes terrifying exhilaration

Heart pumping, Eyes popping, You touch down. Its over!

Zach Bowen-Davis ( Hilton College Poetry group)



The recently re-thatched the old farmhouse gets the first and last of the winter sun. The position of the house gives those who stay there a panoramic, eagles-eye view of the majestic Tugela river. It can sleep 12 at present (5 bedrooms). Guests who stay at the H.O.H can choose the catered or self-catered option. This is an ideal venue for small corporate groups who need privacy and un-interrupted inspiration!


The Zingela Trails make use of a network of game paths within the thousands of hectares of thorney bushveld. The area is teeming with game, including giraffe, kudu, Nyala, impala and warthog. The terrain is varied but the variety of routes mean fun for beginners and pros alike.

Find everything you need to know here.

Trail Running

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Guided game walks up and around the spectacular Hippo Hill give you plenty of opportunities to view these beautiful, curious animals.

Find out more about Zingela's Giraffe Project here.

Giraffe Walks