AmaKhosi Safari Lodge Pongola Hotel, Zululand

AmaKhosi Safari Lodge

5 Star Game Lodge at AmaZulu Private Game Reserve, Pongola, Northern Zululand, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Show on Map

About AmaKhosi Safari Lodge

Rediscover yourself and the richness of life in ‘The Place of Kings’. Situated past Pongola on the road to Nongoma, where King Goodwill Zwelethini has his palaces, Amakhosi Safari Lodge gives majestic new meaning to a royal bush experience and welcome.

Relax in your suite or in a rock-fringed lodge swimming pool and watch the flash of the Lilacbreasted Roller or Malachite Kingfisher, but when darkness falls, listen for the roar of the lions ... You can also unwind, revitalize and rejuvenate your body, mind and soul in the unique African surrounding of our new Amakhosi river SPA, here guests can enjoy holistic body, skin and beauty rituals; rejuvenating massages and soothing treatments by Africology, these are designed to relax the body and bring harmony to the spirit while preserving youthfulness and enhancing health and vitality.


Personal attention rules, from the warm hand-towels, sherry and smiles that greet guests, to the plush comfort of the six palatial thatched chalets and two Umntwana Honeymoon Suites strung along the Mkuze River. Each is angled for the ultimate privacy and has a separate lounge, a seductive step-up double bath with candles, and a bedroom opening onto a viewing deck overlooking the river, some set with a personal plunge pool. “IsiGodlo” (meaning “chiefs residence). This private home is Exclusive and located a leopard’s leap away from the main lodge, this hidden gem accommodates four deserving guests and offers you a share of paradise.

River Suites:
Six luxury suites. Ceiling-high windows, private viewing deck with open views across the Mkuze River. Air-conditioned lounge, bedroom and bathroom (with a bath for two), separate shower, toilet and bathrobes. A safe, fully stocked mini-bar and tea / coffee making facilities. Interchangeable lounge which can be transformed into a second bedroom to accommodate children

Umntwana Suites:
Two honeymoon suites. High thatched ceilings, glass walls, and open-plan design with spacious deck, private bubble, pool and hammock. Air-conditioned lounge, bedroom and bathroom (with a bath for two), separate shower, toilet and bathrobes.

2 Bedroom private villa. High thatched ceilings and open-plan design with spacious deck, private swimming pool. Air-conditioned lounge, 2 bedroom and bathroom (with a bath for two), separate shower, toilet and bathrobes. Private kitchen, barbeque area and private game ranger.


Where flavours offer a combination of an African fusion style with European flair. Brunch is a buffet style comprising a hot and cold smorgasbord, with only the freshest of ingredients. High tea is traditionally served on the veranda with platter after platter boasting vegetable wraps, chicken kebabs, mini pancakes with salmon and caviar, pâtés, quiches, chocolate and mini cheesecakes. Dinner is an elegant candle-lit, multi-course menu accompanied by free-flowing South African wines, alternatively (weather permitting), dinner may also be enjoyed in the open-air boma under the stars.

Lodge Facilities

• Dining room
• Inside lounge
• Bar
• Swimming pool with comfortable deckchairs
• Library
• Curio shop corner
• Satellite television
• Amakhosi River Spa
• Gym
• Infinity pool - adults tranquility zone
• Central e-mail facilities (additional cost)
• Phone and fax facilities (additional cost)
• Wi-Fi

Game Activities

• Gamedrive Safaris
• Walking Safaris
• Cultural Safaris
• Seasonal Frogging Safaris (Nov – Feb)
• Eco Walk for Junior Rangers

This is Big 5 territory and what you don’t view from your deck, expert guides invariably will deliver on dawn and dusk game drives. Conversation around the fire each night is of close encounters with lionesses and playful cubs, sandbathing elephants and streaking cheetah. But equally engrossing are the adventurous guide’s encounters with smaller creatures, from delicate bark spiders to glossy dung beetles; and anecdotes about the trees and medicinal plants of the reserve.

Depending on the season, you can choose from fishing, walking, cultural and frogging safaris. Most evenings, centre on the 5* plated bush dinners produced in the Amakhosi kitchen. Guests linger contentedly on the expansive lodge deck and reconnect themselves with nature through the sounds of the bush, then retire to the friendliness of the bar, or doze around a fire pit, where traditional Zulus and later, fireflies dance.

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In Room / Unit

  • = in all rooms
  • = in some rooms
  • Additional bed / mattress
  • Air-conditioning
  • Bar fridge
  • Bathrobes
  • Bathroom (en-suite)
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Beach towels supplied
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Children: cot, highchair, etc.
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Desk
  • Hairdryer
  • Heater(s)
  • International plug point(s)
  • Internet connection (wireless)
  • Mini- / courtesy bar
  • Patio / verandah / balcony
  • Safe for valuables
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Telephone (direct dial)
  • Wheelchair Friendly

On Site

  • Air-conditioning
  • Business facilities
  • Child friendly (all ages)
  • Childcare / babysitting service
  • Garden(s)
  • Guest lounge with TV
  • Gym / fitness centre
  • Health spa
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Laundry service
  • Parking (undercover)
  • Reception (24 hours)
  • Security (guard)
  • Smoking: none indoors
  • Swimming pool
  • Wake up calls
  • Wheelchair access

Food & Drink

  • Bar (fully licenced)
  • Restaurant / dining room
  • Room service


  • Free Wi-Fi

Accreditations (as claimed by AmaKhosi Safari Lodge)

Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA)
Recommended on TripAdvisor

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Quick Facts

GPS location
Latitude: -27.568611
Longitude: 31.676502

Closest airport(s)
Durban International - 200km

Children policy
Children of all ages welcome. It is not advisable for children below the age of 8 years to join scheduled early morning & afternoon game drives, alternative arrangements can be made upon arrival with your ranger.

Check-in/out times
Check-in from 14h00
Check-out by 11h00

Listed on
July 2004 - 1 Review

Travellers' Reviews

This was truly an awesome experience! One of the best experiences we've had on a safari. From the welcome, to the accommodation looking the Mkuze River,...

Bongani Mageba, Johannesburg Travellers' Rating


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Payment Methods accepted at the establishment

  • Mastercard
  • Visa

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