Attractions IN/AROUND Pongolapoort

Nature Reserves

Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park

The Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park was declared South Africa's first Natural World Heritage Site on 1 December 1999. It is considered South Africa's third largest park and extends from Mapelane (Cape St. Lucia) in the South, to Kozi Bay in the North. The ...

Birdlife or Wildlife Sanctuaries / Game Reserves / Lakes / Dams / National Parks / Nature Reserves / World Heritage Sites

iSimangaliso Wetland Park

Now known as the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, St Lucia Wetland Park lies on the north eastern edge of KwaZulu-Natal. The incredibly beautiful series of beaches, coral reefs, lakes, swamps, wetlands, woodlands, coastal forests and grasslands that stretch ...

Nature Reserves

Kosi Bay Nature Reserve

The Kosi Bay Nature Reserve is situated on the coast in the northern part of KwaZulu Natal and surrounds the Kosi Bay lake system. The system consists of four lakes and a series of inter-connecting channels which drain via a sandy estuary into the Indian ...

Lakes / Dams / Nature Reserves

Lake Sibaya

Lake Sibaya is the largest fresh water lake in South Africa with a surface area of 77 km≤ and an average depth of 13 m. The lake was previously connected to the sea and with the closure of the estuary, numerous invertebrates and vertebrates were trapped ...

Nature Reserves

Mapelane Nature Reserve

Mapelane Nature Reserve is the southernmost reserve within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. The Mapelane Nature Reserve is situated on the south bank of the Umfolozi River where it enters the sea, opposite the little village of St Lucia. The reserve is an ...

Game Reserves

Ndumo Game Reserve

Ndumo Game Reserve (adjacent to the Tembe Elephant Park) is a small but impressive game reserve. Proclaimed in 1924 Ndumo Game Reserve is one of South Africa's oldest reserves and considered to be one of the finest in KwaZulu Natal. Ndumo Game Reserve is ...

Game Reserves

Pakamisa Game Reserve

The Pakamisa Private Game Reserve comprises a pristine malaria free wilderness area of some 2500 hectares. Access to the reserve is restricted, enabling guests at Pakamisa to enjoy the exclusive experience of natural African bushveld with its ...

Game Reserves

Pongola Nature Reserve

The Pongola Nature Reserve was first proclaimed in 1894 and is the second oldest reserve in the world and the oldest in South Africa. Pongola Nature Reserve is a sanctuary to a large variety of wildlife, including elephant, giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, ...

Nature Reserves

Pongolapoort Nature Reserve

Travel inland in a north westerly direction from the iSimangaliso Wetland Park Heritage Site and you will reach the large Pongolapoort Dam, on the south-eastern shores of which lies the Pongolapoort Nature Reserve. In a nutshell this incredible reserve ...

Popular Tourist Routes / Heritage Routes

Route 66 Zululand Heritage Route

Whilst the name of the route brings the battlefields of Ladysmith, Colenso, Dundee and Volksrust to mind, Route 66 is of a slightly different nature. Rather than heading up and around the N3, Route 66 takes one along a parallel route, slightly further ...

Game Reserves / National Parks

Tembe Elephant National Park

The largest African elephants in the world, along with rhino, buffalo, leopard, hippo and antelope species in a 300km≤ park on the South Africa / Mozambique border. Excellent birding opportunities exist and scuba diving on the nearby Tongoland reefs ...

Game Reserves / Nature Reserves

Ubombo Mountain Nature Reserve

This barely known little nature reserve lies to the left of the more frequently visited uMkhuze Game Reserve, directly south of the Phongolo Nature Reserve. The Mkuze River connects the two, flowing along the southernmost boundary of the Ubombo ...

Birdlife or Wildlife Sanctuaries

Zululand Birding Route

KwaZulu-Natal is a world-famous birding venue, its forests, grasslands, mountains, wetlands, bushveld and estuarine, coastline and open ocean habitats a feast of diverse birding. The coastal province is divided into two main birding ...

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Nature Reserves

Amatikulu Nature Reserve

Roughly an hour's drive from Durban, the Amatikulu Nature Reserve is one of those rare natural spaces where, not only will you be one of few people (particularly during the week), but you can see wildlife feeding on forested dunes overlooking the sea Ė ...

Game Reserves

AmaZulu Game Reserve

Situated in Northern KwaZulu Natal, on the banks of the Mkuze River, the Amazulu Private Game Reserve is the home of the Amakhosi and Mkuze Falls Lodges. Boasting 10 000 hectares, this private game reserve is made up of a varied ecosystem. The diversity ...

Popular Tourist Routes

Battlefields Route

The KwaZulu Natal hinterland has witnessed some of the most brutal and significant battles to be fought in South Africa. These historical sites form part of the Battlefields Route, a trip through 14 historical towns whose surrounding areas boast the ...

Nature Reserves

Dlinza Forest Nature Reserve

Found just outside the little town of Eshowe, the Dlinza Forest is one of two indigenous forests that lie close to one another in this southern part of Zululand; the other is Entumeni. Dlinza, 250-hectares of incredibly beautiful forest bisected by ...

Landmarks / Memorials / Nature Reserves

eMakhosini Ophathe Heritage Park

Set in the valley also known as the Valley of Kings, eMakhosini Opathe Heritage Park lies less than 10 kilometres south of the town of Ulundi on the banks of the White Mfolozi River and incorporates the Ophathe Game Reserve and the eMakhosini Valley ...

Golf Courses

Empangeni Golf Club

The Empangeni Country Club was formed in the early 1900's and photographs of the first Club president and honours board indicate that record keeping was initiated in 1921. The original 18 hole Golf Course was laid out and maintained by predominately ...

Nature Reserves

Enseleni Nature Reserve

The Enseleni Nature Reserve is a small reserve of 293 hectares lying just inland from the town of Richards Bay, almost midway between Empangeni and Richards Bay. Obviously it is a popular day's outing for visitors to the area, and the coastal grasslands ...

Forests / Nature Reserves

Entumeni Nature Reserve

Just outside the historical Zululand town of Eshowe, in the heart of the balmy KwaZulu-Natal Province, lies the beautiful forest reserve of Entumeni. This is a small nature reserve, occupying only about 750 hectares, but is rich in plant- and animal ...

Game Reserves / Game Farms / Game Parks

Falaza Wildlife Park

Falaza is aptly named after a war veteran of King Cetshwaya's Zulu Impi (1873-1883), who, over a century ago fought against the British forces at the famous battle of Isandlwana. His village, built on the fertile banks of the Mzinene river, was known by ...

Museums

Fort Nongqayi Museum Village

This beautiful old fort was originally created in the middle of the Dlinza Forest in eShowe in 1883. Around 90 barefoot Zulu police (known as the Nongqayi or 'restrainers') moved into the building to maintain law and order in Zululand in what today ...

Pongolapoort as a destination

Also in the neighbourhood

AmaZulu Game Reserve, Empangeni, Eshowe, Gingindlovu, Hluhluwe, Isandlwana, Jozini, Kuleni Game Park, Kwambonambi, Louwsburg, Meerensee, Melmoth, Monzi, Mtunzini, Paulpietersburg, Pongola, Pongola Nature Reserve, Richards Bay, Rorkes Drift, Ulundi, Vryheid

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