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Pongola Nature Reserve

The three hundred and ten square kilometer Pongola Nature Reserve is situated along the northern and eastern banks of the Pongolapoort Dam in KwaZulu Natal. The area was proclaimed as a nature reserve in 1894 by old president Paul Kruger. The area has had a turbulent history, with the Anglo boer war leaving much devastation, as well as the boers killing most of the game in the area, in an attempt to eradicate The disease carrying Tsetse fly. In 1970 a dam was built on the Pongal river, to provide irrigation for the areas sugarcane plantations. An estimated area of seventeen thousand hectares were flooded in the construction of the dam. A part of the original reserve was declared as a nature conservation area in 1979.

The reserve consists mainly of acacia bushveld which slopes gently towards the dam, and river. Pongola nature reserve is home to a variety of wildlife which includes white rhino, impala, nyala, wildebees, kudu, both burchell and mountain zebras, buffalo, elephant and a noticeably large giraffe population. The reserve's various habitats support an estimated twenty five indigenous fish species, about sixty species of mammals and roughly a hundred various species of reptiles and amphibia. Rare or endangered animals inhabiting the Pongola Nature Reserve include the honey badger and wild dog. The water is home to many hippos and crocodile. This area is also a top notch birdwatching destination, displaying an impressive total of over three hundred and fifty various species. Guests are also allowed the brilliant opportunity to track Rhino on foot through the reserve, or participate in the well known Elephant tracking programme.

The Dam itself has gained an excellent reputation as possibly the best Tiger-fishing Destination in South Africa, attracting eager fishermen from all over the country. The Tigerfish, also sometimes referred to as the "striped water dog", is a freshwater fish which is indigenous to many rivers and lakes of central Africa, as well as the northern regions of South Africa. These fish have very strong jaws, and extremely sharp teeth, and are persistent fighters on the end of a line. Most of the Tiger-fishing takes place between September and October, and almost exclusively from boats due to the danger of crocodiles and hippos along the water's edge.


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Oppi Koppi Lodge
From R 480
Per person, per night sharing
* Rates may vary according to season

Oppi Koppi Lodge

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Pongola

Zululand & Maputaland

Oppie Koppie is the name of the lodge with fully serviced self-catering chalets. This luxury lodge boasts five bedrooms, all ensuite with air-conditioning and excellent views from the koppie upon which it is built.

Pongola Country Lodge
Graded:
Sleeps 21 in 9 units
From R 515
Per person, per night sharing | Sleeps 1 adults max
* Rates may vary according to season

Pongola Country Lodge

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Pongola

Zululand & Maputaland

Accommodation comprises of 64 upmarket, spacious en-suite bedrooms all individually decorated in a stylish fashion of its own. All rooms are air-conditioned, equipped with a colour TV with DStv-channels and a modern telephone system.

Dweba Lapa
Guest Rating: 9
From R 350
Per person, per night sharing
* Rates may vary according to season

Dweba Lapa

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Pongola

Zululand & Maputaland

DWEBA LAPA consists of 4 self-catering chalets, communal lapa with braai area and swimming pool. The chalets sleep 26 people in total. (6, 6, 6, and 8)

Pakamisa Private Game Reserve
Graded:
Sleeps 30 in 8 units
From R 1300
Per person, per night sharing | Sleeps 4 adults max
* Rates may vary according to season

Pakamisa Private Game Reserve

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Pongola

Zululand & Maputaland

This unique and exclusive lodge is situated in its own, malaria-free private game reserve, perched high on the slopes of Pakamisa mountain and overlooking the rolling hills of Zululand.

Shayamoya Fishing & Game Lodge
Graded:
Sleeps 22 in 10 units
From R 800
Per person, per night sharing | Sleeps 10 adults max
* Rates may vary according to season

Shayamoya Fishing & Game Lodge

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Lake Jozini / Pongolapoort Dam

Zululand & Maputaland

10 Chalets privately positioned with breathtaking views of Lake Jozini and the Lebombo Mountains. Ideally located to break the long journey from Kruger Park or Johannesburg to KwaZulu Natal resorts. You will be disappointed only with a one night stay...

Ndlovukazi River Chalets
Guest Rating: 10
Sleeps 8 in 3 units
From R 1050
Per person, per night sharing | Sleeps 6 max (4 adults)
* Rates may vary according to season

Ndlovukazi River Chalets

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Pongola

Zululand & Maputaland

Ndlovukazi River Chalets & Lodge is located in the heart of the KwaZulu-Natal bushlands, just about where the Elephant Coast meets Zululand near Pongola.We are offering an unique, luxury, self-catering option within the very exclusive, AmakhosiZeekoep

Mkuze Falls Game Lodge

Mkuze Falls Game Lodge

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Magudu

Zululand & Maputaland

The central lodge complex includes a tastefully furnished lounge, bar and restaurant. Meals may be served at the lounge viewing deck, the indoor dining area, the traditional boma during Zulu dancing or on request at your room.

Ithala Game Reserve

Ithala Game Reserve

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Vryheid

Zululand & Maputaland

Ithala Game Reserve offers a fascinating variety of terrain, habitats, mammals, birds and trees.

Brown's Tented Camp

Brown's Tented Camp

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Lavumisa

Swaziland

Recently upgraded and situated on the waterfront just North of the new Marina area, Brown's tented camp is nestled in amongst the acacia bushveld below the Lubombo mountain range. With sweeping views across Jozini Dam and incomparable sunsets

Imvubu Lodge at Royal Jozini
Sleeps 72 in 14 units
From R 725
Per person, per night sharing | Sleeps 2 adults max
* Rates may vary according to season

Imvubu Lodge at Royal Jozini

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Lavumisa

Swaziland

On the edge of Lake Jozini, Imvubu (named because a hippo used to sleep at the lodge site) has five spacious air-conditioned, en-suite bedrooms. Four have queen size beds and one room has bunk beds. All en-suites have a bath and outside shower and the

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