Shayamoya Tiger Fishing & Game Lodge Accommodation in Pongola, KwaZulu Natal
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Shayamoya Tiger Fishing & Game Lodge is a highly recommended KwaZulu Natal game lodge providing a wildlife experience for discerning tourists visiting Zululand.

About Shayamoya Tiger Fishing & Game Lodge

Absorb the stunning view, as you sit on the wide wooden deck at Shayamoya’s central lodge. Panoramic images embrace the purple hued Lebombo Mountains, the curves of the Pongola River as it enters the Lake Jozini and the unspoilt bushveld of the Pongolo Game Reserves. Owned and managed by the Blevin family, together with their staff, Shayamoya exudes a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

It is an ideal venue for the whole family offering a variety of activities. One of the special activities is the challenging sport of tiger fishing as this is the only water in South Africa home to these ferocios fighting game fish. On offer also are game drives, boat cruises, elephanting and rhino tracking.

Shayamoya has a prime location in breaking the trip when travelling from Kruger Park or Johannesburg, through to the Natal resorts such as Hluhluwe, St.Lucia, and the Southern Mozambique scuba diving resorts.


Standard Chalets
There are eight standard chalets, which are appointed with stylish elegance. You can relax on your private deck and observe the curious behaviour of the scarlet-breasted sunbird or have a visit from our resident Spotted Eagle Owl, Nandi. Getting even closer to nature, enjoy the experience of taking a steamy outdoor shower under the stars. Each chalet is beautifully finished with attention to detail, such as the custom made basins and brass taps in the bathrooms.

Honeymoon Suites
Enjoy private moments in your own Kingdom of the honeymoon suite where the view is endless. The thatched chalet is built of local wood and stone and blends deliciously into their wild surrounding.

One of the chalets is extremely spacious and geared towards families accommodating an extra-length king size bed, a bunk bed and a pull out couch.

Well-manicured pathways link the chalets with the central lodge. While strolling from the chalets, you may come across duiker, zebra and guinea fowl that roam around the lodge.


Guests gather in the central lodge where they join in the camaraderie and share their happy experiences. Shayamoya offers a fully licensed bar to make your stay pleasantly bubbly. Refresh with a dip in the swimming pool or cool off under the shade of the gazebo.


The Bundu Pot restaurant treats you to sumptuous meals of South African flavourings. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming, inviting new and interesting friendships. Traditional braais are held outdoors around the crackling fire and the feeling of true Africa reaches every soul. Many of our vegetables, herbs and fruit are home grown at our sister farm, Tamboti Ridge, whose diary also supply us with fresh milk, butter, yoghurt and feta cheese.

Let us know if you are planning a special celebration as the property lends itself to a few special spots where memories are made.


Constructed under the deck of the central lodge, is the earthy wine cellar offering an interesting selecting of wines. The cellar is a wonderful setting for romantic dinners so if you are planning something special, let us know to reserve this spot for you.


The Pongola Nature Reserve incorporates contrasting eco-systems, an abundance of wildlife and extraordinary bird watching.

Tiger Fishing:
Lake Jozini (also known as Pongolapoort ) is the southern most extremity of the infamous Tiger Fish population (Hyrocynus Vittatus) due to our hot Summer temperatures and moderate Winter climate, and it is the only waters in South Africa home to the tiger fish. Shayamoya is fully equipped with 2 x 16ft ski boats for hire. One of our talented and enthusiastic guides skippers the boat and shows you the know-how and hot spots on the Lake.

Game Drives:
An open landcruiser comfortably seating 10 people is used for these events. The drives are 3 hours of fantastic bush experience where our rangers enlighten you on all aspects of nature including the history of the area. Game drives take place either on the Phongolo Nature Reserve (rhino) or the Shayamoya Reserve (buffalo). The Reserves has an excellent population of wild life including wildebeest, zebra, warthog, giraffe, nyala, kudu, the rare siting of the leopard which roam the slopes of the Lebombo Mountains and much more.

Boat Cruises:
Morning and sundowner boat cruises up the Pongola River and into the Lake are wonderful for bird watching (especially the huge variety of waterbirds), sighting hippo and crocodile and game can be seen at the water's edge making an interesting perspective.

There is a lovely Spa only 4kms away offering a peaceful bushveld pampering. Bookings are taken direct with the Spa.

Features you'll appreciate

providedonly in some rooms

In Room / Unit

  • Additional bed / mattress
  • Bar fridge
  • Bathroom (en-suite)
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Children: cot, highchair, etc.
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Disabled equipped
  • Fan(s)
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet connection (wireless)
  • Iron / trouser press
  • Mini- / courtesy bar
  • Patio / verandah / balcony
  • Safe for valuables
  • Smoking: allowed
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Television (SABC, eTV only)

On Site

  • Child friendly (all ages)
  • Childcare / babysitting service
  • Garden(s)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Laundry service
  • Parking (off street)
  • Reception (business hours)
  • Safe deposit box (reception)
  • Security (guard)
  • Smoking: none indoors
  • Swimming pool
  • Wake up calls
  • Wheelchair access


  • Audio-visual equipment
  • Bar
  • Breakaway area(s)
  • Catering (in-house)
  • Dance floor
  • Decorating
  • Exhibition space
  • Gazebo
  • Internet connection (dial up)
  • Parking
  • Standard conf. equipment
  • Team building facilities

Food & Drink

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


  • Free Wi-Fi


  • Airport transfers
  • Other transfers available

Rooms & Rates

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

Standard Bush Chalet

Standard Bush chalet, twin or double beds, ensuite-bathroom, outdoor enclosed shower, private viewing balcony

Qty: 8
Sleeps: 3 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: from 0-12 years are allowed; over 12 years treated as adults

Premium chalet

Premium Honeymoon chalet, extra length king size double beds, ensuite-bathroom, twin basins, bidet, outdoor enclosed shower, private viewing balcony ,air conditioning and a fridge.

Qty: 1
Sleeps: 4 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: from 0-12 years are allowed; over 12 years treated as adults

Family Unit

Extra spacious chalet, with kingsize extra length bed for the adults, a bunk bed and a pull out couch for the children, en-suite bathroom with outdoor en-closed shower, a sunset viewing balcony.

Qty: 1
Sleeps: 6 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: from 0-12 years are allowed; over 12 years treated as adults

Lunch and Dinner, Lodge transfers, bar and telephone account, laundry service, curios, and gratuities.

Guest Reviews

2 Reviews from travellers. All reviews are verified.

Verified reviewexcellent

Everything was outstanding, from food, staff, the views. The staff really went out of their way to make us enjoy our stay and gave us the most extraordinary time! We loved it and we will be back!

March 2017

Franchesca F (France)

Verified reviewexcellent

A very special THANK YOU to all staff at Shayamoya Lodge.. our stay has truly been one never to forget! The beautiful stylish accommodation, excellent service, fantastic food and overall friendly and competent staff will definitely keep us coming back to this absolutely stunning venue!

July 2011

Phillip & Rina van Schalkwyk (Lephalale Limpopo)

Need to Know

Response timeShayamoya Tiger Fishing & Game Lodge typically responds to requests in 5-10 minutes.

Child policyChildren of all ages welcome.

Closest airport(s)Richard's Bay Airport - 180km

Check-in/-out timesCheck-in from 12h00
Check-out by 10h00

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

Listed on since November 2005

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