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Babanango Outdoor Education at Matatane Camp is located on Babanango Game Reserve, in the north-east of South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province in the heart of the Zululand region.

Renowned for its warm hospitality, proud people and beautiful landscapes, Zululand is the traditional home of the Zulu people.

The word “Zulu” means heaven in the isiZulu language and it’s easy to see where the name originated when you take in the breath-taking vistas of Babanango Game Reserve, with its valleys, forests and grasslands interrupted by life-bringing rivers.

Babanango means “father, there it is” and refers to a hill that’s a local landmark, towering over the White Umfolozi River which runs through the reserve’s dramatic landscape.

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BOE is located at Matatane Camp on Babanango Game Reserve, approximately three-and-a-half hours away by road from the city of Durban and around six hours’ drive from Johannesburg.

Our nearest major towns are Vryheid, some 70km away north-west of the reserve and Ulundi, 45km to the south-east. The small town of Melmoth is just over 50km away to the south-east.

The nearest provincial airport is Ulundi, followed by Richard’s Bay. The nearest international airport is Durban’s King Shaka International Airport.

For directions by road from both Durban and Johannesburg, click here.