About Pongola

Pongola is situated in Zululand, in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Show on Map

KwaZulu Natal DestinationsPongola, Zululand

The town of Pongola is small town just 10 km from the Swaziland border in the foothills of the Lebombo Mountains. Rich in Anglo and Zulu Boer War history, Pongola is surrounded by 50 km˛ of sugarcane and subtropical fruit plantations. It is just 270 km from the southern gates of the Kruger Park and tourist attractions include local game farms and lodges, the Pongolapoort or Jozini Dam and a local 9-hole golf course. Pongola lies on the N2, wedged between the Swaziland border and the Phongolo River, meaning ‘the trough’ because of its long, deep pools with steep sides.

This river plays an important role in the area, filling the pans with water in flood season and supporting a population of fish, crocodiles, hippos, aquatic birds and people. Where the Pongolo River passes through the Lebombo Mountains is Jozini dam, very popular as a Tiger fishing destination that borders with the Pongola Nature Reserve and Game Reserve, meaning you can view wildlife from a boat on the dam.

A main attraction in Pongola is the Pongola Game Reserve, a private farm through which the Pongola River runs. The area around Pongola is home today to 4 of the Big 5, just the lion is excluded from this list. One can participate in a local Rhino tracking programme on foot and there is also an Elephant tracking programme. Initially, both of these animals were on hunters’ hit lists so that what appeared to be an inexhaustible number of game dwindled fast.

In 1894 Paul Kruger, President of the old Transvaal Republic, declared the Pongola Game Reserve. Today, this has been re-proclaimed, at least in part, as the Pongola Bush Nature Reserve, which borders on the Pongola Game Reserve. The Pongola Bush Nature Reserve contains a valuable piece of mist belt, evergreen forest with fine examples of yellowwood trees and over 120 species of bird. The reserve can only be visited following an arrangement with the KwaZulu Natal Wildlife zone officer.

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Tamboti Ridge Bed & Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast / Self Catering

Tamboti Ridge Bed & Breakfast

Tamboti Ridge Bed & Breakfast is situated in a lovely sub-tropical garden with a breathtaking view up the Pongola ... more

Nkonkoni Tiger Fishing Camp

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Nkonkoni Tiger Fishing Camp

Nkonkoni Tiger Fishing Camp, located in Jozini within the Pongola Game Reserve is a fabulous place for a getaway ... more

Mkuze Falls Game Lodge

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Mkuze Falls Game Lodge

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Reviews of Pongola

We really liked Pongola because, although the actual town is small and a little "sleepy", it is close to the game reserves and other areas that we wanted...

Zita Springfield, Nelspruit

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