As a small family run lodge we understand the importance of supporting other family run businesses in the area.
We are closely linked with a local rural business who conduct cultural Zulu tours here in Hluhluwe.
Our student programmes have a volunteering component where we enter the local schools to help renovate the school buildings and classrooms as well as donating school supplies to give the students an education to set them in good stead for the future. All building materials and educational resources for our student projects are sourced within Hluhluwe to enable the town and it’s facilities to grow and improve. This encourages both tourism and industry which creates jobs to lower the unemployment in the area and allow the people to stay within their home towns.
We also run a lodge in Kosi Bay called Amangwane. Amangwane is a community camp employing only people from with the Kosi Bay community. There are few employment opportunities in Kosi Bay and we are proud to enable our employees to stay in the area that is their home.
We have also in previous years encouraged initiatives such as a community garden and water project.
Amangwane Kosi Bay has also recently taken the big step and converted its electricity usage to Solar Power to help us to protect and preserve our beautiful area that is the iSimangaliso Wetland Park (declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1999).
Learning about the traditional and sustainable fishing of the Tsonga people.
The Tsonga fishtraps within the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.
We encourage our guests to visit the craft markets at both Illala Weavers and Zamimpilo which were formed to empower the women within the communities by providing them with a way in which to use their creativity to provide an income to make life better for their families. Illala Weavers also has a fantastic restaurant and it’s proximity to town makes it an excellent lunch stop after a mornings game drive for our self drive guests – we recommend the chicken and cashew salad or mutton curry toasted sandwich, although it is actually quite hard to just pick two dishes. For more information on Illala Weavers check out our activities page!
Zamimpilo has the sweetest pineapples in its fruit market!
Our students take their time trying to pick from the wide variety of carvings, beads and paintings that are on offer.
Illala weavers is famous for its weaved products but they also offer a wide variety of carvings, candles, silver jewellery, books, tablecloths, beadwork and embroidery that will leave you spoilt for choice