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Nkwazi Lake Lodge

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Pongola Game Reserve, Pongola 3170 South Africa See on map
Free Parking
Air Conditioning
Non-Smoking Hotel
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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 ...More 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. Less
Hotel Amenities
Free Parking
Air Conditioning
Conference Facilities
Laundry Service
Meeting Rooms
Non-Smoking Hotel
Outdoor pool
Refrigerator in room
Room Service
Breakfast included
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Suites, Non-Smoking Rooms, Family Rooms
Room types
Suites, Non-Smoking Rooms, Family Rooms
Number of rooms
Price range
$121 - $175 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Zululand > Pongola
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Reviewed August 6, 2018

I have been coming to Nkwazi for 18 years and recently had 3 nights with family from Germany, New Zealand and Zimbabwe invited for a rural/lodge experience unfortunately the standard of the lodge and its management has drastically dropped- no manager/ess seen or communicative at...More

Thank 195michael
Response from PongolaGR, General Manager at Nkwazi Lake LodgeResponded August 8, 2018

Our humble apologies for your less than happy experience. 99% of our guests, including on Trip Advisor, give excellent reviews on our friendly staff, excellent food and stunning experiences. We have not appointed a new Chef in over 2 years and all our client's since...More

Reviewed June 25, 2018

We spent 2 nights at Nkwazi in one of the river facing chalets. I would recommend this place to anyone, the view is something truly special. From the moment we arrived the staff were friendly and attentive. The place is always spotless! The food was...More

1  Thank JohnC15007
Response from PongolaGR, General Manager at Nkwazi Lake LodgeResponded August 8, 2018

Thank you very much for your kind words and comments. We hope see you back again!

Reviewed May 6, 2018

It is great to sit on the large veranda or the dining area and look out from a high point over the glorious view of the river and the reserve. The staff are friendly and efficient bit the is a lack of management presence.

2  Thank Mike L
Response from PongolaGR, General Manager at Nkwazi Lake LodgeResponded August 8, 2018

Thank you for your comments, much appreciated. We live and work in paradise. Thank you for informing us about the lack of management presence, this has been addressed. All the best.

Reviewed January 9, 2018

We spent 3 magical nights at Nkwazi Lodge between Christmas & New Year. The Lodge has 3 bedrooms (2 single beds in each room), with 2 bathrooms (main en-suite & family bathroom - no bath), a well appointed kitchen with a decent size fridge, extra...More

2  Thank Kendz1987
Response from PongolaGR, General Manager at Nkwazi Lake LodgeResponded August 8, 2018

We will gladly have you visiting us again. Thank you!

Reviewed January 1, 2018 via mobile

We stayed at Nkwazi Lake Lodge for 3 days with friends. We stayed in the 3 bed 2 baths self catering house. It has a nice kitchen and big lounge with DSTV. The beds are very comftable and each room has a ceiling fans. There...More

1  Thank dobmaster
Response from PongolaGR, General Manager at Nkwazi Lake LodgeResponded August 8, 2018

Please visit us again in our small piece of paradise! We like to think of our guests as family.

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"Get the river fronted chalets. The view is spectacular."
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"The two person chalets have the best views"
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"Chalet 4 is very nice but they are all private it seems. Get a room with lake view."
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"Lower numbers are closer to the main building & all have great views except the family rooms."
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