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Pakamisa Private Game Reserve

5.0 of 5 Lodge   |   P.O. Box 1097, Pongola 3170, South Africa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent three days in Pakamisa and … what an experience! Horse riding in the bush with lots of animals around, encountering giraffes while cantering on animal tracks, experiencing the beauty of a bush walk are among the landmarks of our stay there. Thanks to Isabella and Anthony for creating such an oasis in South Africa, charming hosts and passionate... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

I spent 5 days at Pakamisa and was blown away by the luxurious yet warm "home away from home" feeling. The service is excellent and unobstrusive, the food is amazing and caters to any palate. The activities are diverse enough to please everyone of any age. The staff are educated and approachable and able to explain about the plants, animals... More

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Turin, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

stayed at Pakamisa for 5 days - 2 adults + 2 boys 12-13. the place is beautiful, stunning view, perfect service, delicious food, luxurious and confortable rooms. had incredible trips on horseback to see a wide range of animals. Isabella, the owner, is the most delightful host one can imagine. she organised a trip to see elefants, and was very... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

There are few places you can truly describe as heaven on earth. This is one of them. Cantering along a bush trail, with the flash of gold and blue of swooping bee-eaters, and the windchime call of a woodlands kingfisher, and your horse moving beneath your saddle like a dream … and the snort of a herd of wildebeest, and... More

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Zutphen, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

We staid two nights and enjoyed every minute off it The horse riding was great with very good horses and professional guidance of Fabio. Amazing how close you get to the animals such as the zebra. Chamu gave us a wonderful bush walk with lots of knowledge about flora and fauna The cuisine was much better than expected and the... More

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Tienen, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

the good: -great staff that go the extra mile -terrifiic game drives with guid Chamu; you won't see the big 5 but you'll have wonderful time anyway with this excellent guide give lot's of explanation on anyting interesting that you see -great food in the restaurant -awesome location on top a hill the less good: -nothing really; bit pricy though

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Hamburg, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

a huge thank you to Isabella and her fantastic team for making our South Africa trip in December 2013 so worth remembering. A warm thank you to Chamu, the sundowner safari ride was simply a dream. From food to service, lodge and especially my first horse riding lesson (yes I can almost trot now - thank you Isabella!!) everything was... More

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Richards Bay, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013 via mobile

We have just come back from Pakamisa where we spent the most glorious and fabulous weekend we have ever experienced. From enjoying the setup of the place, the most stunning of locations overlooking some of the most beautiful views one can imagine, the amazing rooms and the best service we have experienced, we are more than convinced at that this... More

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Long Buckby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

We spent a week at Pakamisa, concentrating on riding horses. This private game reserve has many giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, kudu and nyala, all of which can be closely seen from horseback. It helps this that this reserve is not used for hunting. In case you wondered, this isn't the limit of animals and I haven't mentioned the birds. Excellent horses... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

We have just returned from a South African adventure which included 3 nights at Pakamisa. It was absolutely heavenly. Enormous and luxurious individual lodges with verandahs overlooking the most spectacular views. Sun rise with the mist in the valley was just beautiful. Nothing was too much trouble for Isabella and her team and yet they managed to make you feel... More

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Address: P.O. Box 1097, Pongola 3170, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Zululand > Pongola
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Pakamisa Private Game Reserve 5*
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Discover the taste of Paradise at this perfect Hide-away! If you are looking for something a little less formal but nonetheless exclusive, then this lodge is for you! Views are inescapable from almost anywhere on the property, not least from your private veranda. The eight suites are huge, lightly Mediterranean in style, with elegant furniture and superb bathrooms. There is so much to do here - archery, clay-target shooting, bushwalking, game drives and riding – of course! At Pakamisa, the superior game-viewing vehicle is a horse! And these divine creatures, trained by the owner Isabella herself, are bred to be more than merely mode of transport. Exciting game viewing is offered on horseback for all riding abilities. To work off the calories, bushwalks and mountain bike trails await. For the more laid-back options, be gobbled up by the beautiful library or enjoy the impressive collection of rare African artifacts and paintings in the enormous, high-ceilinged entrance hall. Otherwise pull up a basket chair, drink in hand, and lap up the lovely big pool and sprawling views beyond. Meals are an occasion; enjoy mouth-watering breakfasts to delicious alfresco lunches on the panoramic veranda of the award-winning El Prado restaurant. Contemporary and international cuisine is beautifully presented, enhancing a traditional dining experience in the elegant dining room or “Out of Africa” style under the stars. The restaurant has an exceptional wine list and offers game specialties. ... more   less 
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