Pongola Game Reserve
Exclusive yet affordable private getaways combined with the scenic variety of bushveld, mountains, major water bodies and a range of leisure activities make the best of all the natural features at Pongola Game Reserve.
Pongola Game Reserve Highlights
Pongola Game Reserve offers a unique African safari experience situated in the heart of the beautiful bushveld of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. This exclusive game reserve in KwaZulu-Natal combines the scenic beauty of the bushveld, mountains and a variety of leisure activities offering the ideal holiday or safari destination.
- A birding hotspot and home to 4 of the Big Five and many typical plains game species.
- Guests can choose from fully-catered or self-catering lodges in different settings within Pongola Game Reserve.
- Enjoy the unique experience of Rhino tracking on foot or participating in the memorable Elephant tracking programme.
White Elephant Safari Lodge offers a variety of different activities, which include boat cruises, rhino walks, a unique 'elephanting' experience, scenic flights, research projects and behind-the-scenes conservation operations; all of which ensure a rich, varied experience.
How to get there
Sun Safaris can arrange scheduled flights for visitors from most major airports in South Africa to Durban, Johannesburg or Richards Bay from where guests can access the reserve. Guests can choose to self-drive to the reserve on good roads; the drive time will obviously depend on where you are driving from; Sun Safaris arrange a rental car or a road transfer for guests, and private air transfers can be arranged.
Pongola Game Reserve Game Viewing and Activities
Pongola Game Reserve offers superb wildlife viewing and is home to four of the 'Big Five' species (exluding lion). Wildlife includes buffalo, elephant, rhino, leopard, hyena, giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, warthog, 12 different antelope species, over 350 bird species and an interesting array of smaller mammal and insect life.
The reserve consists of privately owned land which totals 30 000 hectares including Lake Jozini. Activities at White Elephant Safari Lodge include game drives, guided walks, boat cruises, rhino walks, a unique 'elephanting' experience, scenic flights, research projects, behind-the-scenes conservation operations; ensure a rich, varied experience.
Nkwazi Lake Lodge
Nkwazi Lake Lodge is situated within the Pongola Game Reserve South in Northern Zululand. It is set on a hillside overlooking the Pongola River and is the perfect place to combine the excitement of Tiger fishing and game viewing with the tranquillity of the bush and panoramic views.
White Elephant Safari Lodge
White Elephant Safari Lodge is in a peaceful location at the foot of the Lebombo Mountains in the Pongola Game Reserve in Northern Zululand near the Swaziland border. It has easy access between Johannesburg and Durban and is also a malaria-free reserve.