With a variety of accommodation options we have something to suit every preference and budget.  The key elements at Aliwal Shoal Scuba Beach Lodge are sun, sea and relaxation!  Break away from the stress of city life to enjoy a sundowner on our deck overlooking the ocean. We guarantee magical sunrises, adrenalin pumping diving, swimming with sharks and a truly magical experience.  Top your days off by kicking of your shoes and enjoying a traditional South African braai with friends in a family atmosphere whilst watching the silvery reflection of the moon on the ocean.  All this to the beautiful background music of the eternally peaceful ebb and flow of the sea.

We cater for various accommodation options and budgets. Choose between backpackers, en-suite rooms or our crown jewel signature suite being an upmarket, modern fully self-catering luxury apartment.  This luxury suite affords our guests complete privacy with its own entrance and a private deck overlooking the sea.  Having the ability to sleep 7, this suite can also be arranged to suit anyone from a honeymoon couple to a large family with children.  This suite also has a modern, fully self-catering kitchen.

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This Modern, fully open plan suite (with no separate rooms) allows us to cater for various sleeping options. Examples below. Subject to availability.

Sleep 7:
1 Queen bed, 1 Triple bunk, 1 Double bunk or 1 Queen bed, 1 Tri-bunk (Dbl bed at the bottom and single on the top), 1 Double bunk

Sleep 6:
1 Queen bed, 2 Double bunks

Sleep 5:
1 Queen bed, 1 Triple bunk OR 1 Queen bed, 1 Tri-bunk (Dbl bed at the bottom and single on the top)

Sleep 4:
1 Queen bed, 1 Double bunk

Sleep 3:
1 Queen bed, 1 single bed

Sleep 2:
1 Queen bed

Meals can be arranged on request and are quoted for separately.  We also offer a communal lounge area with its own fully equipped self-catering kitchen on the other side of the lodge for our backpacker and en-suite accommodation options.


Visitors can meander down to the beach from the Lodge and enjoy the pristine sweeps of sun kissed beach-fringed coastline.  Take a walk, get some sun or ask us to arrange a picnic basket for a day on the beach.

For the trail enthusiast, the Empisini Nature Reserve in Umkomaas boasts approximately 60ha of coastal forest, wetlands, grassy slopes and a dam. Infrastructure consists of hiking trails, demarcated picnic sites, overnight cabins, and a tree house overnight cabin deep within the forest (with no electricity for the adventurers) adjacent to the Empisini Stream (sleeping 16 people) and comes complete with shower, flush toilet and kitchen sink.  For the less adventurous, there are two other cabins.

A little farther off and you bird-lovers can explore the Amanzimtoti Bird Sanctuary which is a true bird-lover’s paradise. Enjoy birdwatching from blinds, a wooded trail, a pond and a garden overlooking a splendid lake. An effortless 30-minute self-guided trail winds itself through the forest and is a haven for birdlife. One has an opportunity of sighting many of the 150 bird species in the sanctuary including the resident Spurwing Geese, White Faced Duck, Greenback Heron, Giant Kingfisher and Hamerkop. Not to mention a few rare indigenous species to find as well.  Ever seen a Mangrove Kingfisher?  You will there!

Crocodile-lovers will enjoy a visit to Crocworld where Henry, the oldest known Nile Crocodile in captivity, is sure to thrill.  Enjoy croc-feeds and talks, a bird walk, snake park, animal touch-farm and playground for the kids or sit back and relax to the sound of nature around you in their Fish Eagle Café.

Calling all monkey-maniacs! These cuties are waiting for your visit at the Umsizi Umkomaas Vervet Rescue Centre. Umsizi provides an important service to both Vervet monkey and humans alike, who often occupy the same urban area. Providing rescue and rehabilitation services, there’s a Vervet for every arm.

Ahoy mateys! Green Point lighthouse stands in Clansthal, near Umkomaas, and helped warn ships of the Shoal. This historic lighthouse was the second last lighthouse to use petroleum vapour burners. Erected in 1905 it has a rather unusual cast-iron structure and is painted in red and white striped bands. Since 1961 the lighthouse has been fully automated and thus without any staff, which was not considered a great loss to lightkeepers. A must for those who love a little bit of local history.  PS. Did you know?  Every lighthouse is painted differently!

Well golfers, we haven’t forgotten about you.  If you feeling a little swing-detoxing happening, pop on over to the Umkomaas Golf Course.  This well-maintained course has great views that is sure to throw you off your game a bit.

Tala Private Game Reserve offers a truly South African experience. From being greeted by warthogs as you arrive at the reception area to having zebras and giraffes visit you in the early morning, Tala Game Reserve offers a memorable stay for all types of travellers. One of the most appealing aspects of this KwaZulu-Natal game reserve is its ease of accessibility, coming to or from Durban – although, once here, you’ll feel like you’re a million miles away from everything. Low-key and off the well-beaten track, Tala spans some 3,000 hectares, encompassing a mix of acacia thornveld, open grassland and a sensitive wetland, which attracts more than 380 bird species, and plenty of big game, including kudu, hippo, buffalo, giraffe, wildebeest and eland. Being Malaria-free, with no large predators makes Tala a top-notch choice for families, and holidaymakers seeking a no-frills authentic bush break with the freedom to explore on your terms. Dining options include La Tala Restaurant and traditional outdoor bomas, and our conference rooms make Tala ideal for day conferences, special occasions, weddings and tour groups visiting KwaZulu-Natal.

Oribi Gorge is a canyon just west of Port Shepstone, which itself is 120 km south of Durban. Oribi Gorge, cut by the Mzimkulwana river, is the eastern gorge of two gorges that cut through the Oribi Flats (flat sugarcane farmlands) of KwaZulu-Natal. The western gorge was formed by the Mzimkulu river. The gorge is approximately 400 metres (1,300 ft) deep, and almost 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) wide at its widest. This venue offers spectacular views, abseiling, suspension bridge, white water rafting and more.  Erosion by these rivers have carved out nearly 30 kilometres (19 mi) of spectacular kloofs and crags, covered with subtropical vegetation. In the gorge, the dense forest on the sandstone slopes is home to various small mammals, while the large leguaans excavate their burrows along the riverbanks. At the base of the cliffs of both gorges the basement rocks are part of the Namaqua-Natal Metamorphic Province, which is over 1000 million years old. The cliffs themselves are formed by Msikaba formation sandstones deposited by fluvial environment about 365 million years ago. Downstream from the gorges, a large surface mine producing cement from a limestone deposit. The road through Oribi Gorge was built by Italian prisoners of war.  Oribi Gorge derives its name from the oribi, a small antelope that lives in the gorges.

Ushaka Marine World in Durban is a MUST-GET-TO and be sure to schedule a whole day for this adventure-filled Marine theme park. With Wet-‘n-Wild waterpark, Sea World with dolphin shows, seal shows, penguin presentations, shark dives, ray feeds and more, Sea Animal Encounter Island where you can swim with a dolphin, Dangerous Creatures section, Village Walk shopping mall, the man-made beach and kid-favourite Chimp&Zee Rope Adventure Park, there’s a crazy amount to do in one day!

A little farther off but well worth the overnight trip is the mesmerising visit to Phezulu Village in the Valley of a Thousand Hills.  At the Phezulu Village, the world famous Gasa clan has over the last 30 years, allowed visitors to Phezulu the opportunity to savour the taste and feel the rhythm of Africa. Visitors are taken into traditional beehive shaped thatched huts, where the various artifacts, beliefs and rituals are explained, giving foreigners an insight into the fascinating Zulu culture. The Zulu dancing show is mesmerizing and enchanting with the dancers in their traditional garb, showing off their skills with grace, agility and humour – a truly unforgettable experience! Accommodation needs to be arranged in the vicinity for an overnight stay. This needs to be pre-arranged with Aliwal Shoal staff.

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