Stayed over unexpectedly for one night, as friends and I were leaving St Lucia for JHB and decided we were not ready for the real world just yet. As were driving we came across Nkwazi Lake Lodge on the internet and gave them a call. A very professional and friendly reservationist sold us the booking and gave us directions. When we arrived the staff were all exceptionally friendly. The group manager Donovan assisted us with check-in, great cocktails by the splash pools on the deck that look over the dam and arranged a game drive for us. The park has four of the big five (no lion) and apparently 120 elephants. As with game viewing it is luck of the draw and we did not see any elephants but not due to lack of trying as we were taken all over the place by Duane who was a great host on the drive. It is also known for its Tiger fishing. The rooms are comfortable, spacious with no fuss and superb meals. Was a perfect escape for us.
- 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