AmaKhosi Safari Lodge Pongola Hotel, Zululand
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  • Property TypeGame Lodge
  • Guests26
  • Rooms/Units9

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  • Listed on since July 2004

AmaKhosi Safari Lodge is a 5 star graded game lodge offering Pongola accommodation in 9 guest rooms.

About AmaKhosi Safari Lodge

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.

At a Glance

  • All meals included
  • All of the Big 5
  • Guided game drives included
  • Safari / bush walks by arrangement
  • Conservation fee applicable


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.

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
• 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.

Features you'll appreciate

providedonly in some rooms

In Room / Unit

  • 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)

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
fluentsome understanding

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans
  • Zulu

Rooms & Rates

Select your check-in and check-out dates to view availability and the rates applicable.

Honeymoon Suites

Slip into a nirvana in this private kingdom with high thatched ceilings and glass walls. An open-plan design with spacious deck, a private bubble pool and hammock overlooking the river.

Qty: 2
Sleeps: 2 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: not allowed in this room type

River Suites

Six luxurious river suites capture nature through ceiling-high windows and private viewing decks across the river. Each suite accommodates two adults with an air conditioned lounge, bedroom, bathroom with a bath for two, separate shower and toilet.

Qty: 6
Sleeps: 3 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: from 0-12 years are allowed; over 12 years treated as adults

The Private House

The "IsiGodlo" meaning a Chief residence, is our private villa which overlooks the meandering Mkuze River and is perfectly positioned to capture every African sunset which adorns the rolling hills in this pristine Zululand wilderness. Exclusive and private.

Qty: 1
Sleeps: 4 guests (max 4 adults)
Children: from 0-12 years are allowed; over 12 years treated as adults

Brunch (Late Breakfast), High Tea (Late Lunch) and Dinner, tea & coffee.
Morning and late afternoon game drives.

Guest Reviews

2 Reviews from travellers. All reviews are verified.

Verified reviewexcellent

Wonderful food and service. Fantastic game drives with really professional ranger and tracker. A great stay overall.

August 2019

Ian W. (Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia)

Verified reviewexcellent

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, to the personalized menu and devine food, to the unbelievable game drives - including snacks in the bush, to the tranquility it was all just amazing and it was a very sad occassion when it ended. We will certainly be back to the place of kings - Amakhosi!! Just a word of advice to other travelers, better save up and go to a private game reserve rather than the public/government ones - service and close up action are in abundance!!

August 2012

Bongani Mageba (Johannesburg)

Need to Know

Response timeAmaKhosi Safari Lodge typically responds to requests in 5-10 minutes.

Child policyChildren 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.

Closest airport(s)Durban International - 200km

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

Payment methods accepted by the propertyVisa, Mastercard, EFT or secure online payment via

Listed on since July 2004

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