What an awesome spot!
During the 30 minute drive from the entrance gate to the lodge we saw rhino, giraffe, nyala, bush pigs and a wide variety of scarce birds. The natural beauty and vistas is out of this world.
The lodge itself was amazing… overlooking a horseshoe bend in one of Pongolapoort Dam sidings. Well maintained, excellent layout, beautiful views!!!
The staff was friendly and welcoming and they put in extra effort to make our visit one to remember.
Our room was clean, large, bedding clean, unobstructed views, wildlife (gazelle and bush pigs) grazing right below our balcony.
The food (dinner and breakfast) is delectable! The dining hall also provide excellent views over the dam… while we had breakfast in the comfort of the lapa, we saw rhino, giraffe and zebra.
What a special place!
In my opinion, this place beats the best of KZN. Spend time at Nkwazi rather than the large, commercial attractions. This is a place to unwind, relax, do some activities (boat trips, safari, guided trips, birding) or just chill out, read a book or just stare at the spectacular views.
One of my personal traveling highlights.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Few exclusive yet affordable private getaways combine the scenic variety of bushveld, mountains, major water bodies and a range of leisure activities that make the best of all the natural features. This combination, an abundance of space and the results of a "light footprint" development philosophy are key ingredients of the special experience offered by Pongola Game Reserve, Pongola Game Reserve in northern KwaZulu Natal. The reserve extends over part of the original area that, in 1894, was declared the Pongola Game Reserve by Paul Kruger, President of the old Transvaal Republic. The original reserve has since been re-proclaimed, in part, as the Phongolo Nature Reserve, which is the present Pongola Game Reserve's immediate neighbour. The business is owned and managed by the Landman family who's ancestors arrived in the Cape in 1744. The Pongola River, broad and perennial, meanders through the centre of the reserve before entering the man-made 13 276 hectare lake. It provides a leisure environment unique for a South African bushveld destination. Safari cruises, canoe adventures, birding and tiger fishing are among the main activities. The area is home to many typical plains game species, four of the Big Five (excluding lion), Hippopotumas and crocodile. It is also a birding "hotspot". Over 350 species have so far been recorded here. One can also enjoy the experience of tracking rhino on foot and participating in the elephant monitoring programme. Please take your time and enjoy your visit to our website and please feel free to make a booking enquiry if you are interested in visiting the Pongola Game Reserve. The reserve is 450km from Johannesburg and 350km from Durban. ... more less
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