Pakamisa Private Game Reserve Accommodation in Pongola

Pakamisa Private Game Reserve

5 Star Game Lodge at Pongola, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Show on Map

About Pakamisa Private Game Reserve

Pakamisa Paradise - the name in isiZulu means "to lift up" and we assure our guests that their spirits will soar in this African Shangri-La.

Majestically positioned in the spectacular mountainous region of northern Zululand in South Africa's KwaZulu Natal province, the hotel is some 30 km south-west of the small town Pongola and is situated in the middle of its own extensive and private Pakamisa Game Reserve. Superbly located on the high plateau of the Pakamisa Mountain, Pakamisa Private Game Reserve affords breathtaking views over the evergreen valley and plains of the Pongola River and the surrounding mountains.

Far away from any stress or hectic pace, our guests appreciate and enjoy the exclusive, intimate atmosphere, especially as accommodation is limited to a maximum of 16 guests. The unique Italo-Spanish architecture and style of the Pakamisa Private Game Reserve blends the finest of European and African ambience.


Our eight spacious, tastefully-decorated suites offer the highest standards for comfort and complete relaxation. Each suite, comprising a double bedroom, lounge, deluxe-bathroom (bath, shower, two basins and separate toilet), wardrobe and own veranda, is fully equipped with in-room electronic safe, mini-bar and tea/coffee facilities. Each suite has been individually styled after an African animal, a theme picked up in valuable paintings and local artefacts.

The solid brick buildings and ceilings up to eight metres high create a pleasant indoor climate found only in the legendary tropical hotels of bygone days.


The impressive Main House, with an eclectic mix of African and European art and antiques, offers the finest atmosphere for either quiet relaxation or socialising with friends and other guests.

Meet new friends around the grand fireplace in the spacious Trophy Hall.
Choose a good book from the extensive Hotel Library that contains many treasures to delight the most discerning bibliophile in a variety of languages.
Sip a cocktail in the cosy Hunter's Bar with its intimate atmosphere
Relax and enjoy music on the sweeping terrace with its panoramic views of spectacular Africa.
Our pool terrace, also with spectacular views, offers guests an oasis of tranquillity where light snacks and exotic drinks can be enjoyed after a refreshing swim in the large Rock Pool.


The elegant El Prado restaurant with its reputation for pleasing the most fastidious gourmet strives for perfection in hospitality, entertainment and fine dining: From a sumptuous breakfast up to a light lunch, Afternoon tea and sundowners, Romantic alfresco dining on the covered veranda or a Gala Diner with concert entertainment.

All in a stylish but comfortable atmosphere. The cuisine, as well as the wines and liquors from our cellar, are of the highest international standards. Or a perfect day can be rounded off around a crackling campfire under the stars enjoying the natural nocturne of the African night.


You tell us your requirements ­ we will organise all facilities for you in this unique and beautiful setting. The hotel has at its disposal all the latest technical equipment, including audio-visual facilities, to ensure a smooth-running event. The pure, crystal mountain air of Pakamisa is guaranteed to invigorate and inspire those creative spirits. Please request our special rates for seminars and conferences and our block-booking conditions.


Whether you choose an activity based holiday or simply wish to relax, the variety of sporting, social and cultural activities at Pakamisa Private Game Reserve offers each guest the freedom to select his or her favourite, personal holiday itinerary.


The private Pakamisa Game Reserve, in which the Pakamisa Private Game Reserve is located, comprises a pristine wilderness area of some 2,500 hectares. Access to the reserve is restricted, enabling guests at Pakamisa Private Game Reserve to enjoy the exclusive experience of natural African bushveld with its unparalleled abundance of wildlife and exotic vegetation. Guests can expect to see blue wildebeest, giraffe, zebra, waterbuck, red hartebeest, warthog, bushpig, kudu, nyala, impala, bushbuck, common reedbuck, mountain reedbuck, grey and red duiker, steenbuck, klipspringer, baboon as well as many smaller mammals, predators and reptiles. The bird life, too, is prolific and varied.


Accompanied by an experienced game ranger, guests may traverse the entire reserve in an open safari vehicle. Your guide will explain the often-fascinating life cycles of everything from insects, plants and trees to the behaviour patterns of the mammals and birds, giving you a chance to experience at first hand the magic of the African wild.

Horse Riding

At Pakamisa we are specialising in pleasure riding holidays for families, groups and individuals. Each of our trial rides provides incredible game viewing on horseback while strolling through the plains and challenging climb ups of the rolling hills of the vast Pakamisa reserve. You may ride into a herd of impala or wildebeest and numerous warthogs will let you get close to them before they start trotting off.

One of our professional guides will guide you through Pakamisa’s unspoilt wilderness areas, introduce you to the South African mammals, fauna & flora and share with you the excitement of a Horseback safari. Combining the magnificent scenery with the thrill of riding amongst teeming herds of game is something no horse lover coming to South Africa should miss.


Other activities include Birdwatching, Big Five Photo safaris, Horse riding - Pakamisa Arabian Stud, Golf, River-rafting Fishing, Shooting Range. Holidays are the most precious time of your year. Whatever your preference and mood dictates, just let us know!

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In Room / Unit

  • = in all rooms
  • = in some rooms
  • Additional bed / mattress
  • Area information booklet
  • Bar fridge
  • Bathrobes
  • Bathroom (en-suite)
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Children: cot, highchair, etc.
  • Clock radio
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Desk
  • Hairdryer
  • International plug point(s)
  • Patio / verandah / balcony
  • Safe for valuables
  • Smoking: allowed
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Television (with satellite)

On Site

  • Child friendly (all ages)
  • Childcare / babysitting service
  • Dry cleaning service
  • Garden(s)
  • Guest lounge with TV
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Laundry service
  • Parking (undercover)
  • Reception (business hours)
  • Safe deposit box (reception)
  • Secretarial services
  • Smoking: in demarcated areas
  • Smoking: none indoors
  • Swimming pool
  • Wake up calls


  • Bar
  • Breakaway area(s)
  • Catering (in-house)
  • Dance floor
  • Parking
  • Team building facilities

Food & Drink

  • Bar (fully licenced)
  • Braai / barbeque (BBQ)
  • Complimentary tea / coffee
  • Restaurant / dining room
  • Room service


  • Airport transfers
  • Other transfers available

Accreditations (as claimed by Pakamisa Private Game Reserve)

Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA)

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Quick Facts

GPS location
Latitude: -27.446609833
Longitude: 31.632738999333334

Closest airport(s)
Richard's Bay Airport - 230km

Children policy
Children of all ages welcome.

Listed on
November 2001 - No guest reviews.

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Payment Methods accepted at the establishment

  • Mastercard
  • Visa
  • American Express
  • Diners

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