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Nkwazi Lake Lodge

Pongola Game Reserve, Pongola 3170 South Africa
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Few exclusive yet affordable private getaways combine the scenic variety of bushveld, mountains, major water bodies and a range of leisure activities that make the best of all the natural features. This combination, an abundance of space and the results of a "light footprint" development philosophy are key ingredients of the special experience offered by Pongola Game Reserve, Pongola Game Reserve in northern KwaZulu Natal. The reserve extends over part of the original area that, in 1894, was declared the Pongola Game Reserve by Paul Kruger, President of the old Transvaal Republic. The original reserve has since been re-proclaimed, in part, as the Phongolo Nature Reserve, which is the present Pongola Game Reserve's immediate neighbour. The business is owned and managed by the Landman family who's ancestors arrived in the Cape in 1744. The Pongola River, broad and perennial, meanders through the centre of the reserve before entering the man-made 13 276 hectare lake. It provides a leisure environment unique for a South African bushveld destination. Safari cruises, canoe adventures, birding and tiger fishing are among the main activities. The area is home to many typical plains game species, four of the Big Five (excluding lion), Hippopotumas and crocodile. It is also a birding "hotspot". Over 350 species have so far been recorded here. One can also enjoy the experience of tracking rhino on foot and participating in the elephant monitoring programme. Please take your time and enjoy your visit to our website and please feel free to make a booking enquiry if you are interested in visiting the Pongola Game Reserve. The reserve is 450km from Johannesburg and 350km from Durban.
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Pongola Game Reserve, Pongola 3170 South Africa
Nkwazi Lake Lodge
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Zulu Inyala Airport
King Shaka Intl Airport
259.8 km
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annie0nline wrote a review Oct 2022
London, United Kingdom215 contributions
We have stayed at this lodge before, in the original accommodation, This time, encouraged by some misleading photos on their Facebook page, we booked their new self catering bungalows. These turned out to be entirely unready to be let. They were unsafe, windows not possible to close and doors very hard to lock, my husband had to use brute force to do so. Uncomfortable, poorly lit, badly and cheaply equipped, septic tank smell on the deck. Shower that didn't work, I could go on and on . . . The location remains good, the fishing was not but then it's early in the season. The management put everything I had to say down to teething troubles, well at the prices they charge they should make sure the accommodation is fit to be let before doing so. I do not recommend, if you wish to stay there use the original accommodation.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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lyndallblaikie wrote a review Oct 2021
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Brilliant time. The staff were amazing. The place was neat, tidy, and very clean. Our skipper was incredible as was the condition of the boat. Amazing place to honeymoon, we want to come back as soon as possible!
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Date of stay: October 2021
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ewaldb2017 wrote a review Oct 2021
Pretoria, South Africa5 contributions4 helpful votes
The facility is situated in a nature reserve next to Lake Jozini. It is in a tranquil environment with beautiful views of the lake and the river. The facility is very clean and neat. Staff member are friendly and helpful.
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ewanalanthwaite wrote a review Sept 2021
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This was an excellent stress reliever for me and the staff at Nkwazi were extremely accommodating. The food was amazing and we will be back. Making arrangements for me to leave my boat at Leeukop Gate for my onward trip to Kruger was awesome. Thanks once again for the arrangements for the balance of my family at short notice.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Pieter E wrote a review May 2021
Velddrif, South Africa1 contribution
Have been visiting for some years now, nice change with the addition of the Bar on the deck. Unfortunately even though signage clearly indicates no smoking or children allowed in the bar this did not deter the guests from smoking and children being allowed to run about, staff made no attempt to correct the situation.
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Date of stay: May 2021
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_sjtheron wrote a review May 2021
Sandton, South Africa9 contributions
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Absolutely magnificent !!! Mkwazi is a top destination with friendly staff and excellent food. The chalets are clean, neat and private. Spectacular views of the Jozini lake from our chalet as well as the main lodge area. Fishing was a lot of fun. We will soon be visiting again...
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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daveJ8102OX wrote a review Apr 2021
Durban, South Africa1 contribution1 helpful vote
MY family and friends thoroughly enjoyed our few days at Nkwazi Lodge, the view magnificent , loved the wild life,enjoyed our fishing outings didnt catch much however that was probably due to a few libations while on board. The meals were certainly above average as was the service..Nkwazi is a well run operation which offers really good value for money.Regards to Komba the man that never sleeps.
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Milize S wrote a review Apr 2021
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Nkwazi lake lodge is a amazing place to visit. The location is gorgeous, facilities are beautiful and well taken care of. The activities and bar is extremely reasonably priced. The staff is incredible, the manager Khumbo, made us feel so welcome, him as well as the rest of the staff was amazing! We had the privilege of going tiger fishing and Nathi made the experience informative and memorable. We went on a sundowner cruise with Mandla and had an amazing time, he knows the environment and game very well and his personality was just an absolute bonus! I wholeheartedly recommend and will be back for sure.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Rob M wrote a review Apr 2021
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Loved the bungalows and clenliness and great views . aircon a must to keep you cool at night. great friendly staff and good fishing guides. Food is not 5 star but is always tasty and wholesome. you cant go hungry! great bar and entertainment area again with friendly staff!
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noo1971 wrote a review Apr 2021
Durban, South Africa45 contributions41 helpful votes
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We enjoyed a very pleasant 3 nights at Nkwazi Lodge, Pongola Reserve. Accommodation was clean, beds very comfortable, Aircon a bonus & wonderful views from our own individual verandah's . The bar & restaurant area is spacious with panoramic views of the river. The Lunch menu is a la Carte and is popular pub fare,pizza,burgers,salad etc . Breakfast is great with a selection of hot and cold items. Dinner is a simple 3 course meal - everything was wholesome and delicious.Every dinner included some kind of game dish which was a special treat and so fitting on a holiday to the South Africa bush ! Well done to the very attentive manageress(I think named Elmarie ?) and the staff at Nkwazi. You were all so pleasant and looked after us so well. The fishing & time spent on the boat was fun and we enjoyed the game drive too ! Special shout out to Bheki & Khumba- job well done !
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Date of stay: April 2021
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What are some of the property amenities at Nkwazi Lake Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Nkwazi Lake Lodge?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a refrigerator, and a seating area.
What food & drink options are available at Nkwazi Lake Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Nkwazi Lake Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Nkwazi Lake Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Nkwazi Lake Lodge offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and conference facilities during their stay.
Does Nkwazi Lake Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the lake view available here.