About Ndumu River Lodge
This is one of the few destinations where a visitor can see the Big 5 at a game reserve and within a hour’s drive be able to watch dolphins and whales. Dense evergreen forests of towering fig trees stand in a lush undergrowth of ferns and wild orchids hanging from the trees. Palm savannah’s with thousands of wild date and lala palms dot the white sand of the undulating landscape. Swamp forests with large raffia’s and tangled masses of greenery that are home to myriads of exquisite birds and behind them mountainous sand dunes that appear to shift with the sighing of gentle winds.
Ndumu River Lodge is located in a diverse ecosystem that traces from the Lebombo Mountains neighbouring Swaziland to the Laquit Sand Forests of the Mozambique boundary.
Suites x 12:
The 12 suites are arranged in a series of buildings that are single storey and have a small front area within our lush indigenous gardens. We offer units with either a double bed, or two twin beds. These units have en-suites which include a shower. Each suite has a desk, tea / coffee facilities, DStv, fans, air-conditioning and a wall safe.
Ndumu River Lodge boasts a wheelchair friendly unit with two twin beds en-suite shower. It has air-conditioning, ceiling fan.
One Bedroom CHALET x 1:
A single bedroom chalet with a double bed. The chalet has a TV, fan, air- conditioning, fridge, microwave, kettle, toaster, cutlery, crockery and an outdoor braai.
Two Bedroom CHALETS x 5
Two bedroom chalet with a private upstairs veranda that lead off the main, air-conditioned bedroom. Downstairs it has an open-plan kitchen, lounge with air conditioning. The bathroom has shower facilities. Off the lounge there is a private garden with a veranda and braai area.
Three Bedroom (with fans) CHALETS x 3
Three bedroom chalet with fans in all the bedrooms. The main bedroom has a double bed and the other two bedrooms have two twins per room. An open plan kitchen, lounge with an air condition big enough to cool the whole unit. The bathroom has shower facilities. It has a TV, fridge, stove, kettle, toaster, cutlery and crockery. There is a private veranda with a braai area.
Three Bedroom CHALETS x 2
Three bedroom chalet with one double bed and one twin bed in each of the other two bedrooms, open-plan lounge and kitchen area. Bathroom has shower facilities. They all have a TV, fan, fridge, kettle, toaster, cutlery and crockery. They have a private braai area.
Enjoy relaxing afternoons in our bar, including DStv for every sport lover, or take a dip in the refreshing salt water pool, located at the restaurant. Walks and canoeing from the lodge along the banks of the Pongola River and pans offer a unique experience for birding and tiger fishing, cultural village tours, biking or relaxing in the bush.
• 24 hour security on premises
• On site restaurant
• On site bar
• Swimming pool
• No pets permitted
Ndumu River Lodge offers mouth watering dishes prepared by our experienced cooks, and served by our friendly staff. We offer breakfast, light lunches and dinner in our restaurant.
Our conference centre at Ndumu River Lodge offers a well lit, air-conditioned area within a tranquil setting. A projector and various seating styles are available to suit your product launch or company conference needs.
FULL & HALF DAY CONFERENCE PACKAGE INCLUDES:
• Tea with biscuits
• Tea with muffins
• Note pads and pens
• Bottle water for the table
Ndumu River Lodge offers a unique peaceful venue available for your memorable wedding day. Everything your heart desires can be arranged for you by our experienced management and choose from one of the wedding packages.
ACTIVITIES and attractions
The Pongola flood plains are home to a rich variety of fauna and flora, ranging from bird life to butterflies, indigenous sand forest of Northern Maputuland to the rich fossil deposits found in the area.
Birding specials at Ndumu Game Reserve include: Pygmy goose, Southern Banded Snake Eagle, Cuckoo Hawk, Honey Buzzard, African Finfoot, Black Coucal, Pel’s Fishing Owl, Narina Tragon, Broadbilled Roller, African Broadbill, Yellowspotted Nicator, Rudd’s Apalis, Burntnecked Eremomela, Wattle-eyed Flycatcher, Gorgeous Bush Shrike, Redbilled Helmetshrike, Woodwar’s Batis, Neergaard’s Sunbird, Longtoed Plover, Pinkthroated Twinspot.
Typical woodland species found in the area: Spotted Dikkop, White/Redbilled Helmetshrike, Stierlings Barred Warbler, Whitebacked Vulture, Whiteheaded Vulture, Southern Banded Snake Eagle, Striped Kingfisher, European Bee-eater, Whitefronted Bee-eater, Grey Penduline Tit, Burntneck Eremomela, Threestreaked Tchagra, Blackcrowned Tchagra, Marico Sunbird, Paradise Whydah.
The Pongola River offers magnificent opportunities for birding and tiger fishing. The river is bordered with majestic fig trees and indigenous bush. Launch your own boat and drive 25km upstream. Canoeing or boat trips can be arranged for guests.
TEMBE ELEPHANT PARK:
Only 15km from the Lodge, is home to over 130 elephants along with black rhino, eland, giraffe, buffalo, and other game species. It is also the exclusive habitat of the suni deer, which are found only in the Laquati Sand forest. Trips to the reserve can be arranged on request.
NDUMU GAME RESERVE:
Bring your binoculars and relax at Nyamithi Pan in Ndumu Game reserve - Bird lovers-paradise. World renowned for its prolific bird life, with over 400 bird species on record. Game drives and walks can be arranged.
A trip to Kosi Bay is an unforgettable experience. Snorkelling in the marine reserve, turtle tracking (in season), surf and fly fishing can be organized for guests. One of South Africa’s most popular dive sites, Sodwana Bay, Lake Sibiya, the largest fresh water lake in the country and the beautiful unspoilt beauty of are easily accessible from the lodge.
SELF GUIDED PLACES TO SEE ESPECIALLY FOR SELF DRIVEN 4x4 LOVERS:
• Border caves
• Dingane’s grave
• Cicel Max Pass
DAYTRIPS FOR THE FAMILY:
• Canoe trips on the Pongola river (canoes are provided)
• Hiking along the Ingwavuma River
• Black Rock
• Kosi Bay
• Dog Point