Welcome To


We welcome you to enjoy our bed and breakfast — established in the great African tradition and nestled in sub-tropical gardens, shaded by majestic trees.

The Experience

“Trees bear bright fruit from rest; the best memories come the same way.” -African Proverb

Spoilt for Choice

Our comfortable and elegant Rondavels open to a courtyard with a sparkling swimming pool. If you’d prefer to step out of your door into the lush Marula gardens, we also have inspiring Garden Rooms to choose from.

Where it all Comes Together

The guest lounge is set in the gardens. Come enjoy a traditional breakfast here or relax watching TV and socialising with other nature lovers and adventurers.

Perfect End to a Perfect Day

Snuggle up for memorable nights around our outside braai area and fire-pit. Dinners are also available by prior arrangement.

A new world

We will gladly arrange excursions for you.

iSimangaliso Wetland Park

30 minutes drive from St Lucia with its amazing beaches and the stunning iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

Hlumhluwe-iMfolozi Park

30 minutes drive from the internationally renowned Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park for the breathtaking Big 5 experience.

Shopping and Souvenirs

Set in the small gated River View Village, we are a few minutes from the market town of Mtubatuba where you will find everything you might need. We are also 45 minutes from Richards Bay's Boardwalk shopping complex for a more comprehensive shopping experience.

There is one restaurant within walking distance, other takeaways and restaurants in town and a great selection in St. Lucia too.

Your gateway to the North Coast KZN Parks and Beaches

Feel the difference

Aiming for Excellence

As the new owners of Marula Gardens (previously Marula Place) we are aiming for excellence. We are starting a sympathetic upgrade to the buildings. We are ably supported by the friendly and experienced staff who have been working at the property for many years:

Nandi or Busisiwe, our hosts, will greet you and arrange everything for your stay; Jabu and Mirriam will ensure your rooms are clean and ready, and keep things neat during your stay. Phiwe maintains our extensive gardens.

-Nigel and Cheryl, April 2022

Standard with all rooms


Bed & Breakfast

Full cooked breakfast prepared to your taste + a selection of cereals, fruit, tea, coffee & juice (7-9am)


All TVs are connected to the DSTV Hotel Package. TV is also available in the guest lounge.

Braai & Fire Pit

A large braai and standing fire pit is available. You can order charcoal and wood on request.


All bedrooms have climate control air conditioning.

Tea & Coffee Station

Complementary teas, coffee, milk and sugar are provided.

Swimming Pool

Our sparkling swimming pool is sized for the whole family to enjoy

Bar Fridge

Your room will include a bar fridge with an icebox.


Wifi is available at the property via LTE.

A fabulous 2 course dinner is available by prior arrangement at R150 per person.