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Pakamisa Private Game Reserve

Road D429, Pongola 3170 South Africa
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Updated 20/08/04 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 20/08/04 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#2 of 12 in Pongola
Discover the taste of Paradise at this perfect Hide-away! If you are looking for something a little less formal but nonetheless exclusive, then this lodge is for you! Views are inescapable from almost anywhere on the property, not least from your private veranda. The eight suites are huge, lightly Mediterranean in style, with elegant furniture and superb bathrooms. There is so much to do here - archery, clay-target shooting, bushwalking, game drives and riding – of course! At Pakamisa, the superior game-viewing vehicle is a horse! And these divine creatures, trained by the owner Isabella herself, are bred to be more than merely mode of transport. Exciting game viewing is offered on horseback for all riding abilities. To work off the calories, bushwalks and mountain bike trails await. For the more laid-back options, be gobbled up by the beautiful library or enjoy the impressive collection of rare African artifacts and paintings in the enormous, high-ceilinged entrance hall. Otherwise pull up a basket chair, drink in hand, and lap up the lovely big pool and sprawling views beyond. Meals are an occasion; enjoy mouth-watering breakfasts to delicious alfresco lunches on the panoramic veranda of the award-winning El Prado restaurant. Contemporary and international cuisine is beautifully presented, enhancing a traditional dining experience in the elegant dining room or “Out of Africa” style under the stars. The restaurant has an exceptional wine list and offers game specialties.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Horseback riding
Books, DVDs, music for children
Secured parking
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast buffet
Kids' meals
Special diet menus
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Airport transportation
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room service
Room types
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Spanish, German


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Road D429, Pongola 3170 South Africa
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leandi2022 wrote a review 08 May
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This two night stay with Isabella and team was just what we needed! The lodge and surroundings forces you to rest and forget. Especially enjoyed the library, the views, the food, gamedrive, horse-ride, and the friendly and helpful staff!
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Mark C wrote a review Mar 2022
Folsom, California7 contributions2 helpful votes
I had the wonderful pleasure of staying at Pakamisa in March 2022. I found it online when I was searching for horse riding opportunities while traveling through South Africa. I emailed Pakamisa directly the day before I would be in the area to inquire about availability and to confirm that I could ride (weather permitting). Isabella the proprietor promptly responded letting me know there was availability and gave me the details for riding (weight limits, rides per day, etc.). Isabella greeted me at reception and showed me to my spacious room with a million dollar view. I was able to rest for a couple hours before the afternoon ride. There are two young girls that took me down to the stables where we rounded up the horses and saddled up for the ride. While I am no riding expert, I do have some experience from my younger days. They will cater to the experience level of the guest. The girls were very helpful and knowledgeable and we had a great ride seeing many animals including giraffes, zebras, wildebeests, ostrich's and many more! Riding horseback allows you to get fairly close to the animals and provides a whole new perspective. I went on 3 rides total and loved every second of it. The rides lasted approximately an hour and a half. Isabella, the proprietor of Pakamisa joined us on two of the rides. She is a very accomplished rider and has extensive knowledge of horses. I also noticed that she is a perfectionist in every sense of the word, which I was so happy to see. I would be remiss if I did not mention the food at Pakamisa. I was in South Africa for a month and ate at many fine establishments but none could compare to the 5 star meals prepared for me here. Pakamisa was a real high light of my SA trip. I hope to return one day!
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Ev T wrote a review Mar 2022
Durban, South Africa2 contributions
We had a wonderful 3 night stay at Pakamisa, which is a hidden gem. The accommodation and panoramic views are sensational. Isabella and her staff are such a dedicated team, and when we left we felt like we had made new friends. The bush walks, game drives and birding was great, and I would recommend Pakamisa to anyone who needs some quiet in a home away from home. Added to this was the incredible gourmet food. We will definitely be back for a longer stay.
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Date of stay: March 2022
Room Tip: All the rooms are very large with verandahs giving an exceptional panoramic view
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Response from Isabella Stepski, Owner at Pakamisa Private Game Reserve
Responded 20 Mar 2022
Thank you so much for your time to write about your experience at Pakamisa Lodge. We enjoyed your visit and hope to welcome you back soon! Regards, Isabella
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Simon B wrote a review Dec 2021
South Africa38 contributions7 helpful votes
Had a brilliant stay with Isabella and her dedicated team. The most beautiful landscape for riding the beautiful well schooled trail horses (Arabs and Boerperds) with all the tack in superb condition. And the food was splendid - easily right up there with the best that SA has to offer! Rooms very spacious and comfortable with stunning view of the Pongola rover valley Cant wait to return
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Date of stay: December 2021
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Response from Isabella Stepski, Owner at Pakamisa Private Game Reserve
Responded 20 Mar 2022
Thank you for your kind words about your stay with us at Pakamisa. We hope to be able to welcome you back one day. Regards, Isabella & Pakamisa Team
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Rob Maclean wrote a review Apr 2021
Johannesburg179 contributions3 helpful votes
We just had an excellent stay here. Wonderful service, stunning views, enjoyable horse rides/ bush walks and in particular truly delicious food from a talented chef and team. Can't recommend highly enough
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Date of stay: April 2021
US$170 - US$318 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
South AfricaKwaZulu-NatalZululandPongola
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Frequently Asked Questions about Pakamisa Private Game Reserve
What are some of the property amenities at Pakamisa Private Game Reserve?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at Pakamisa Private Game Reserve?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Pakamisa Private Game Reserve?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Pakamisa Private Game Reserve?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Pakamisa Private Game Reserve have airport transportation?
Yes, Pakamisa Private Game Reserve offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Pakamisa Private Game Reserve?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and German.