About Us

Gwahumbe prides itself in being small and offering personal service to you our guest.

Gwahumbe Game & Spa offers guests the ultimate intimate, relaxing bush experience.
Located in a Malaria free environment and easily accessible from both Durban and Pietermaritzburg.
Be pampered with catered or self-catered accommodation and service in accordance with our 4 Star, AA Superior accreditation.

A wide variety of catered and self catered accommodation ranging from ultimate luxury to a rustic bush camp, together with excellent cuisine and a history of renowned good service and satisfaction, makes Gwahumbe Game & Spa a superb location to breakaway and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the bushveld.

Gwahumbe boasts an exclusive Spa containing massage rooms, steam, hydro and wet room which are all enclosed in a tranquil setting where meals can also be had. Qualified therapists offer a variety of treatments and day or night packages can be arranged.

Conferencing, weddings, game walks, game drives and teambuilding are our forte. Gwahumbe prides itself in being small and offering personal service to you our guest. Rhino, Hippo, Giraffe, Zebra and Antelope as well as an abundance of bird life can be seen close up in a beautiful riverine environment on the banks of the Gwahumbe river, from which the reserve derives it’s name. To enjoy this paradise, reservations are essential.

Location

This private reserve overlooking the confluence of the Gwahumbe and Umsunduze Rivers forms part of the greater Gwahumbe Valley. This river system joins the Illovo River in the southern midlands of Kwa Zulu Natal and ultimately flows into the Indian Ocean south of Durban

The area covers 3000 ha of riverine forest, valley bushveld, plateau grassland and majestic cliff faces. Ranging from 700 m above sea level to 400 m in the river valleys, the topography is reminiscent of northern Kwa Zulu Natal but enjoys a milder climate and is malaria free.

History

This region once formed part of the ancient elephant trail as they moved between their winter-feeding grounds in the mangrove swamps of what is now Durban, to their summer habitat, the nearby Byrne Valley. This trail was later utilised by Boer Pioneers as a wagon route from the Cape to Durban. In a cave near the source of the Umsunduze River, Dick King and his Zulu companion, Ndongeni, are said to have rested while on their historic ride to Port Elizabeth. Agriculture at the turn of the century consisted of tobacco growing for which a factory was built in the Gwahumbe Valley.

In 1999 Gwahumbe Game and Spa was recognised as a natural heritage site and was issued the natural heritage certificate, which was signed by President Nelson Mandela.