Shayamoya Tiger Fishing & Game Lodge

Golela Road, Pongola, Pongola 3170 South Africa
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#2 of 6 lodges in Pongola
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Experience how the breeze cools you as it blows gently off the great lake up the ridge or join us for one of our speciality Tiger Fishing excursions where the thrill of fighting one of these rare ferocious game fish is simply invigorating. A truly unique bush lodge in Northern KwaZulu Natal where the view from the spectacular setting is particularly breath-taking as you gaze out onto Lake Jozini, the Lebombo Mountains and the Pongola Game Reserves. Privately managed by the Blevin family who have lived in the area for many years, Shayamoya exudes a warm and friendly atmosphere.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Pool
Free breakfast
Hiking
Darts
Babysitting
Massage
Secured parking
Wifi
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Kids' meals
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Fishing
Table tennis
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
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HOTEL CLASS
4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Lake View
Family
Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans

Location

Golela Road, Pongola, Pongola 3170 South Africa
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Zulu Inyala Airport
73.3 km
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King Shaka Intl Airport
260.5 km
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rsmith180699 wrote a review Feb 2022
Newcastle and Gateshead, United Kingdom1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in a standard room, although judging by the high spec of everything in it , there would be little need to upgrade. The room itself was certainly spacious enough, erected in the African rondavel style, with a decked viewing platform outside it overlooked the spectacular Phongola river/lake and the Lembomba mountain range. Utterly breathtaking. so much so, that my partner shed a tear on first arriving ! The rooms were spotless, with nice little touches like the kettle always being refilled by housekeeping. Beautiful large bathroom with quality fittings and and wonderful outside shower made our stay feel even more unique. The bar and restaurant have the same fantastic view over the lake and mountains, with a good selection of wines, beers and spirits. The service throughout our stay was excellent, friendly and attentive with nothing being too much trouble. After travelling from Kruger we took advantage of the laundry service at Shayamoya and it was incredibly fast.....and cheap ! Special mention goes to Miriam who was delightful and virtually omnl present during our visit even performing the massage my partner booked (apparently the best she's had)!. We booked a river cruise and the guide., "Lucky" , took us out at 8am, he was extremely knowledgeable, passionate and great fun. His passion for the environment is obvious and infectious, we saw a great deal and I highly recommend it. One last mention should go to the gardening team, the grounds are like a botanical gardens, stunning! So if you are planning to be in the Pongola area then I would heartily recommend Shayamoya.
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Date of stay: February 2022
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Lindy Blevin, General Manager at Shayamoya Tiger Fishing & Game Lodge
Responded 28 Feb 2022
Dear Richard Thank you for your lovely review. It fills our souls to hear our efforts are so appreciated. We all love our Shayamoya which we call home. Kind regards Lindy
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Dayna H wrote a review Sept 2021
Grove, Oklahoma4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I, after 28 years, finally had our honeymoon and spent several nights at Shayamoya Tiger Fishing and Game Lodge. We were completely taken by the lodge, the amazing people and the spectacular views! The Miriam and the ladies in the lodge took such good care of us and the food was excellent and Lucky got us on the fish!! We also had several great game drives with Lucky. Our Chalet was so beautiful with a spectacular view from the mountain top down over Lake Jozini and the outdoor shower was a perfect touch! This amazing place would be worth a return visit!
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Date of stay: September 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Lindy Blevin, General Manager at Shayamoya Tiger Fishing & Game Lodge
Responded 22 Sept 2021
Good morning Thank you for your lovely review and for coming to visit our lovely country. It was so exciting receiving guests from the USA again. You came in style via hellicopter too! What a well deserved honeymoon! Warm regards Lindy
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Lucky F wrote a review Jan 2021
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were at Shayamoya towards the end of 2020 and was indeed a memorable stay. The location is perfect especially during these times, being surrounded by nature and o much fresh air and space was in its own very therapeutic. The food was superb and so were the rooms, with my personal favorite feature being the amazing outdoor showers! We had a game drive and a boat cruise and ticked off hippos, zebras, giraffes, buffalos among other wildlife sightings. I cant wait to go back!
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Date of stay: November 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled on business
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Response from Lindy Blevin, Owner at Shayamoya Tiger Fishing & Game Lodge
Responded 13 Jan 2021
Dear Luckmore Thank you for your kind review and appreciation for all the lovely aspects that Shayamoya offers. We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Warm regards Lindy
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mtakal662737 wrote a review Jan 2022
Sandton, South Africa1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
The chalets were dirty. Bath mats (which we found when we checked in) and toilets were dirty as well. In one chalet the toilet had a really bad smell. We found jeyes fluid which had been provided, I suppose for the smell. I demanded that the chalets we’d booked be cleaned again.

We were not given an entrance code for the gate prior to our arrival. There was no guard at the gate and the area has no cellphone signal so we couldn’t call the lodge. We had to drive past the gate for just over a km to get signal. Only then were we given the entrance code.
The car used for the game drive was filthy and very old. Thankfully I’d brought a wet towel to wipe the seats. There was no sanitiser provided. The staff at the lodge and all guests we came across weren’t wearing masks. My family and I were the only ones wearing them. Cold breakfast and the coffee station were self service. Again, no hand sanitiser provided. Clearly COVID is not considered an issue.

When I requested room service, I was told I had to collect the food myself from the restaurant because they were short-staffed. I had no choice but to do so.

The lodge is not well maintained, The grass is overgrown. There’s a lot I hated about the place. Also, contrary to what was advertised, there was no Wi-Fi in the chalets. At least not in the two we’d booked. I have pictures and videos to prove all the above.

On the positive- we enjoyed the game drive despite being transported in a dirty, run down vehicle. We liked the scenic views and saw a lot of animals. The food was really good.
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Date of stay: January 2022
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Lindy Blevin, General Manager at Shayamoya Tiger Fishing & Game Lodge
Responded 29 Nov 2023
Dear Guest Thank you for your review which clearly was when we were trying to recover from the drastic effects our business and staff encountered from the lock down. My apologies if our services were not up to the normal Shayamoya standard at the time. I am glad to hear you enjoyed the views, the game drive and our delicious wholesome food. Regards Lindy
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Craig Thomassen wrote a review Mar 2020
11 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We just got back from an amazing week at Shayamoya. The peace and tranquility at the lodge is spectacular, with the cool breeze coming up the slope and the lovely view over the dam. Lodge staff are friendly and helpful and meals were delicious. The gardens and grounds are absolutely wonderful with lovely aloes and succulent plants having been planted everywhere. Maxwell took us fishing and got us into plenty of tigerfish on the dam, what a pleasant guide he is! We were amazed by the beauty of the area and the incredible views of rhino, elephant, giraffe etc while out on the water. Shayamoya is one of those special places where you feel right at home when you arrive. Thank you Lindy and staff for looking after us and making our stay so special, I hope that Shayamoya keeps growing from strength to strength.
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Date of stay: February 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
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5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Lindy Blevin, Owner at Shayamoya Tiger Fishing & Game Lodge
Responded 04 Mar 2020
Dear Craig Thank you for your kind words of inspiration. Shayamoya has a specialness about her and we will endeavour to as you say "grow from strength to strength". Warm regards Lindy
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bmitch150544 wrote a review Jan 2020
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a staff dedicated to service and the comfort of the guests. The view is breathtaking, the food is excellent, the guides are magnificent, and the tiger fishing is exciting. A caution: at 38 to 40 degrees it was hot and the rooms and fans struggle to cope. But we’ll be back. No doubt.
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Date of stay: December 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from LindyBlevin, Owner at Shayamoya Tiger Fishing & Game Lodge
Responded 03 Jan 2020
Good morning Thank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to your next visit. Hopefully it will be a bit cooler next time round. All the best for 2020 Kind regards Lindy
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rbuthe760528 wrote a review Oct 2021
Durban, South Africa1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Excellent place with attention to details and friendly staff members to top it all. Nestled in beautiful hills of Pongola - the place is Tree spotters dream and very educational for budding botanists. Boma was top class. Tour guides were extremely professional
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Date of stay: October 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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877cobus wrote a review Mar 2022
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
We Roy d the little things lacking like maintenance to the room. Light switch broken. Lights not working. Windows dirty. Bed matress sagging. Hidden costs on fishing trip Ie rod hier and bait at extra cost when we got a written quote making no mention thereof. Food very pricey
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Date of stay: March 2022
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Lindy Blevin, General Manager at Shayamoya Tiger Fishing & Game Lodge
Responded 29 Nov 2023
Dear Cobus Thank you for your feedback from March 2022. Our standards and services are back up where they used to be, having taken a real knock from lock down. All our rates are advertised publicly so I am not sure how the rod hire and bait weren't available. My apologies if the quote didn't mention them. I will mention this to our admin staff so it doesn't happen again. Kind regards Lindy
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Graham E wrote a review Nov 2023
Bedfordshire, United Kingdom96 contributions62 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The most wonderful lodge, coupled with friendly, knowledgeable and attentive staff! Fabulous fishing and awesome game drives await you!
Fully catered, they provide a wide variety of meals and have a well stocked bar. Rooms are elegantly appointed with comfortable beds.
With views to die for, this lodge is ideally placed for the traveller, wishing to explore KZN. It is close to the Eswatini border, ensuring a ‘1st in the queue’ position to cross if needed.

For travellers routing to Mozambique, this is the ideal stop-over before the stunning onward drive over the Jozini Dam.

Well done Shayamoya Tiger Fishing & Game Lodge! We’ll be back!
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Perfect stop-over for leaving/entering Eswatini and as a halfway house for the Mozambique...
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Response from Lindy Blevin, General Manager at Shayamoya Tiger Fishing & Game Lodge
Responded 28 Nov 2023
Dear Guest Thank you for your informative review. Shayamoya is indeed well located to explore the Northern KZN game reserves and to break the long journey from Kruger Park through (or around) Swaziland as we are only 8km from the Golela border post on the Southern end. Travelling time to the Kosi Bay/Mozambique border post is around 2.5 hours so this also helps with breaking the trip from Johannesburg/Pretoria to the beach resorts. Shayamoya is not just a stop over though. As you mentioned, there is the safari boat cruise on Lake Jozini, or tiger fishing and game drives we offer. We also outsource the guided rhino tracking and horse back safaris - advance notice is required for these activities. Fun for the whole family! We look forward to your next visit. Regards Lindy
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Peter W wrote a review Nov 2023
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Shayamoya is a very well run establishment, and have used that game lodge for many years. Its a very statistically placed lodge when it comes to travelling from Durban airport going north to Swaziland and beyond to the Kruger park.
Accommodation is well designed to have that African bush atmosphere feeling. The view from the chalet we had is magnificent and overlook the Jozini lake. The whole area is connected with game reserves joining each other, and daily excursions can be done, like open gamedrives in the adjoining reserves, as well tiger fishing trips, on the lake itself or book the famous Shayamanzi house boat.

There is a wide range of food types on the menu, and a very good selection of drinks.
The staff is very friendly and you get a feeling of being part of a family.
As said, i have used this lodge for absolutely years, and recommend it as a place to chill or as a stop over en-route to Swaziland and Kruger National park, as its right on the half way disstance from King Shaka airport and the Kruger park

Peter
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Trip type: Travelled on business
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Response from Lindy Blevin, General Manager at Shayamoya Tiger Fishing & Game Lodge
Responded 06 Dec 2023
Dear Peter Thank you for your review and your kind compliments. Shayamoya is very dear to our hearts and love seeing guests return over the years, and become part of the family. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Kind regards Lindy
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Roving24200053370 wrote a tip Nov 2023
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Beautiful indegenious gardens - July / August best flowering time. Try the game potjie and lamb chops. "
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Petajanestorm wrote a tip Nov 2023
Riga, Latvia3 contributions1 helpful vote
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Can be hot so take your costume for a swim in the pool "
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Roam26560471161 wrote a tip Nov 2023
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book early."
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Douette L wrote a tip Nov 2023
Empangeni, South Africa5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"There are many useful things like insect repellent etc in the drawers in the rooms. "
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George F wrote a tip Nov 2023
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Just book because it’s not a huge place . "
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PRICE RANGE
R 1,807 - R 2,076 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
South AfricaKwaZulu-NatalZululandPongola
NUMBER OF ROOMS
10
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Frequently Asked Questions about Shayamoya Tiger Fishing & Game Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Shayamoya Tiger Fishing & Game Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Shayamoya Tiger Fishing & Game Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Shayamoya Tiger Fishing & Game Lodge?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Shayamoya Tiger Fishing & Game Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Shayamoya Tiger Fishing & Game Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Afrikaans.
Does Shayamoya Tiger Fishing & Game Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the lake view available here.