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Zululand Mission Air Transport Air Charter Service no. N229D Trust No. IT 241/7

Scenic flights and/or air charter

Founded in 1975 ZUMAT has been serving the medical community of rural Maputaland through aviation. Medical flights are performed as a service and calling, and is done at no charge to the community or medical personal. Commercial charter flights subsidize the operation. Zumat’s commercial flights range from Durban in the south, through the KwaZulu Natal province into the Mpumalanga lowveld, transferring guests to or from lodges.

Zumat is a non profit organization and is structured as a trust.

Zumat also offers scenic flights over the stunning Maputaland area. You can visit local attractions in the area during your stay at White Elephant e.g. Northern Lake St. Lucia and Wetlands, Lake Sibaya, Kosi Bay, Makatini Flats, Ghost Mountain and our very own Pongola Poort Dam. 

For questions and reservations please contact ZUMAT on their phone: +27 (0) 35 595 1024 e-mail: or speak to our manager.


SA Express operates daily scheduled flights from Johannesburg to Richards Bay Airport. Private Air Charter from Durban to Mkuze can be arranged with Zumat. The White Elephant Safari Lodge and Bush Camp also have their own landing strip for light aircrafts.


White Elephant Safari Lodge

Elevation: 195m
S27.39033 E031.91016

White Elephant Private Air Strip
Length 800 meters
Elevation 254 meters
Co-ordinates S 27’24.671 E 31’52.822
Type of Surface Gravel/short grass (summer)
Distance 4 km to Safari Lodge
Pongola Airstrip
Length 1200 meters
Elevation 260 meters
Co-ordinates S 27’22 E 31’36
Type of Surface Tar
Distance 48 km to Safari Lodge
Lease Pongola Municipality
Mkuze Airstrip
Length 1200 meters
Elevation 245 meters
Co-ordinates S 27’38 E 31’03
Type of Surface Concrete Surface
Distance 28 km to Safari Lodge
Lease Mkuze Municipality

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