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Pongola Nature Reserve
uPhongolo Nature Reserve

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Travel Information and Accommodation

Golela border postAccess
There is only one entrance to the park. Take the N2. 26 km before Pongola (uPhongolo) turn right to Golela, 10 km south of the border to Swaziland. Turn right in front of the border post. After 2 km on a gravel road one reaches the gate and after a further 3 km the camp.

Opening Hours
The entrance gate is open in summer (October to March) from 5 am to 7 pm, in winter (April to September) from 6 am to 6 pm. Tel: (034) 4351012, Fax: (034) 4351021.

Phongolo Campsite
Phongolo Nature ReserveThe camp lies 3 km from the gate in the north-eastern part of the park directly at the lake. There is - besides a picnic area - only a basic campground for 120 persons with just one watertap and no electricity. No hot water. No shopping (nearest shops in 40 km distance in the town of Pongola).

Tiger Fishing at Pongolapoort Lake
The lake offers ideal conditions for the catching of tiger fish (Hydrocynus vittatus). Bring your own boat and launch it at the camp. Only do fishing from a boat. Beware of hippos! Best time is from September to the end of November. Record weight in Lake Pongola: 8,3 kg.

Equipment: Medium spinning rod is sufficient, 3 m long, and line that takes 5 kg. Steel swivel in front of hook compulsory. As bait use live fish (Talapia) or spinners and blinkers. Wobblers are useless. Adjust to depth of 4 to 10 metres. The Tiger bites fiercely and often completely unexpected, because it approaches from the side at high speed. Can jump up to 2 metres high.

Das Pongola Nature Reserve falls within the malaria zone of South Africa. Prophylaxis recommended.

Phongolo Restcamp
Type Max Pers. Rate

Camping (20 units)

R 45
Rate per person/night. Plus conservation fee of R35 per person and day. (No guarantee on amounts)

EzemveloReservations and Bookings
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife
PO Box 13069, Cascades 3202,
KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Tel (033) 8451000, Fax: (033) 8451001

Pongola / uPhongolo
Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi SquareThe town Pongola (uPhongolo in Zulu) is situated at the N2 freeway, 380 kilometres from Durban and 420 from Johannesburg. The town has about 10,000 inhabitants and is the centre of a fertile farming area, the main products being sugarcane, citrus and cotton. Pongola is like a green oasis. It has nice residential areas, the streets lined with palm trees, well assorted supermarkets, an Internet café, an arts&crafts centre, a hospital, a small airport and a 9-hole golf course.

Pongola is a stronghold of the IFP (Inkatha Freedom Party). On the "Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi Square" in front of the municipality the party leader is honoured with a monument still in his lifetime.

The Special Recommendation: Mrs. Cathy Cameron of Pongola Publicity conducts "school tours". Visitors are given an insight into the daily school life of Zulu children and learn about the still growing AIDS problem in Zululand. According to official statistics, 40% of the population is HIV positive. Insider rather estimate it at 70%. The tours are free of charge. But visitors are asked to donate money and can even take sponsorship for a child orphaned by AIDS. Contact: Tel 083 2281822 oder 034 4131144.

Restaurant Tip: Oasis Pub & Grill in the Pongola Senekal Centre.

Accommodation in the Area

AmaKhosi Lodge
River suites in the 12000 ha Amazulu Game Reserve; pool; all meals; game drives + walks.
Tel +27 (0)
34 4141157. eMail

Tamboti Ridge Cottage
On game farm; 4 comfortable en-suite rooms with aircon, TV, minibar, pool; s/c optional. Tel ++27-(0)34 4351110. eMail

Shayamoya Lodge
Stylish ensuite chalets with aircon, minibar, pool; s/c optional; restaurant; game; tiger fishing. Tel ++27-(0)34 4351110. eMail

Accommodation in Piet Retief (Mpumalanga)

Dusk to Dawn Country H.
35 km south of Piet Retief; cosy family units + ensuite bedrooms on farm; DSTV; garden. Tel ++27-(0)17 8210601. eMail

Malaria Prophylaxis

Northern KwaZulu-Natal (north of St. Lucia) unfortunately falls within the malaria area. The risk is not high, but even the dangerous Malaria Tropica occurs here, and one should employ prophylactic measures in time. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for the best remedies.

TabardBecause no malaria medication provides 100% protection, rather prevent yourself from being stung by mosquitos in the first place. The mosquito repellent TABARD works very well. It is available in most supermarkets and shops in Zululand.

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