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Pongola is a small town situated in the lush and fertile region of northern KwaZulu-Natal, bordering the country of Swaziland. Travellers visiting Pongola pass through evergreen forests, rolling hills covered in sugar cane crops, vast manmade lakes and see the Lebombo Mountains ever present in... read more

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pet friendly, bed and breakfast, chalets, cottages, game lodges, guest houses, guest lodge, hotels, self catering.

17 accommodation listings in Pongola. Enter dates to see full pricing and availability:

Tamboti Ridge Bed & Breakfast

Bed and Breakfast in Pongola

Our cottage has four bedrooms, all with air-conditioning, ceiling fans, mini bar fridges and TV's. Each room is en-su...

Swimming Pool
Aircon
Laundry facilities
Parking on Premises
Bar

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R680.0

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Aber Jetz Guesthouse

Bed and Breakfast, Guest Houses in Pongola

Aber Jetz will welcome you with a warm, friendly atmosphere and guarantee of personal touch and safety. Easy to find...

Swimming Pool
Parking on Premises
Aircon
Braai Area
WiFi
DSTV

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R500.0

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Shayamoya Tiger Fishing & Game Lodge

Bed and Breakfast, Game Lodges in Pongola

Shayamoya's uniqueness is attributed to genuine hospitality, ideal settings, the challenging sport of tiger fishing w...

Swimming Pool
WiFi
Laundry facilities
Parking on Premises
Bar
Wheelchair Friendly
Internet access

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R1200.0

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Rosegarden Guest house

Bed and Breakfast, Guest Houses in Pongola

The guesthouse is situated near Pongola on the N2 road between Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

We provide 10 private ai...

Full Kitchen
DSTV
Aircon
TV

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R380

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Elegant Lodge

Guest Houses in Pongola

The upmarket double story Guesthouse is conveniently located opposite the Golf course in a quiet area. We have 2 luxu...

Braai Area
Aircon
TV
WiFi
Laundry facilities

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R450.0

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Belvedere Game Ranch

Game Lodges, Self Catering in Pongola

Belvedere Game Ranch covers 1400 hectares stocked with a variety of game which includes Buffalo,
Giraffe, Kudu, Nyal...

Swimming Pool
WiFi
Bar
Braai Area
Conference Facility
DSTV
Parking on Premises
Full Kitchen
Laundry facilities
Pet Friendly
Aircon
TV

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R1000

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Kwalala Lodge

Bed and Breakfast in Pongola

Winners of the 2017 Lilizela Awards for KZN.

Accommodation at Kwalala consists of a double room with en-suite bat...

Swimming Pool
Aircon
Laundry facilities
Parking on Premises
Bar
TV
WiFi
DSTV
Conference Facility
Internet access

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R810

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Guest House Pongola

Guest Houses in Pongola

Our comfortable guest house is well positioned in a beautiful tropical garden, opposite the rugby club in Pongola and...

Swimming Pool
Aircon
Braai Area
DSTV

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R400.0

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Pongola Country Lodge

Game Lodges, Hotels in Pongola

Situated on the N2 route between Swaziland, Mpumalanga, and the tourist region of Northern KwaZulu-Natal, our accommo...

Swimming Pool
Aircon
DSTV
Conference Facility
Bar
TV

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R680.0

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Nkwazi Lake Lodge

Bed and Breakfast, Chalets, Game Lodges, Guest Lodge, Self Catering in Pongola

Nkwazi Lake Lodge is located on the Pongola Game Reserve and is elevated on a cliff with stunning views of the shores...

Swimming Pool
Conference Facility
Internet access
Parking on Premises
Aircon
Laundry facilities
WiFi
Bar
TV

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R2410

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Dive Inn Guest House

Guest Houses in Pongola

Dive Inn Guesthouse is located in the sub-tropical town of Pongola, which is situated in the heart of the prosperous ...

Swimming Pool
Aircon
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TV

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R470

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Mvubu River Lodge

Bed and Breakfast, Chalets, Game Lodges, Guest Lodge in Pongola

Mvubu River Lodge is situated on the magnificent Pongola Game Reserve and offers comfortable and enjoyable accommodat...

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Aircon
Laundry facilities
Parking on Premises
Bar
TV

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R2140

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Pakamisa Private Game Reserve

Game Lodges in Pongola

Majestically positioned in the spectacular mountainous region of northern Zululand in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal pr...

Swimming Pool
Bar
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Parking on Premises
Internet access

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R4350

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Pongola Tropical

Cottages, Self Catering in Pongola

If South Africa is a top-rated world destination, then the sunny and laidback province of KZN is the Republic's golde...

Braai Area
Wheelchair Friendly
Dishwasher
Parking on Premises
Aircon
TV

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R850

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Pro-Team Lodge

Guest Lodge in Pongola

Nestled at the foothills of the Lebombo mountain range, Pro-Team Lodge is located in Pongola, a small town just 10 km...

Braai Area
WiFi
TV
Parking on Premises
Aircon
Wheelchair Friendly
Laundry facilities

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R650

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Coco Cabana

Guest Houses in Pongola

The province of KZN is one of South Africa's most sought-after destinations amongst local and international traveller...

Swimming Pool
Aircon
Laundry facilities
Braai Area
Bar
TV
Parking on Premises
Internet access

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R400

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Dweba Lapa

Chalets, Self Catering in Pongola

Situated on a farm near Pongola, DWEBA LAPA (to fish here) is ideal for those who wish to fish, engage in birdwatchin...

Swimming Pool
Parking on Premises
Aircon
Braai Area
Full Kitchen

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R660

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More info about Pongola

Pongola is a small town situated in the lush and fertile region of northern KwaZulu-Natal, bordering the country of Swaziland. Travellers visiting Pongola pass through evergreen forests, rolling hills covered in sugar cane crops, vast manmade lakes and see the Lebombo Mountains ever present in the distance.

Pongola, or uPhongolo in Zulu, the word meaning Trough for the deep crevices cut by the river of the same name, is divided by the national highway running between the port city of Durban in the south and Mpumalanga Province to the north-west. The area was for centuries occupied by Bantu tribes until farmers moved into the area in the early 20th century. Irrigation systems were built, depressions filled to create enormous dams and sugar cane and fruit trees planted. Today, the area is the domain of the Zulu where their heritage, along with several game farms, have added to Pongola’s appeal.

Nature lovers, birders, anglers and those seeking excellent game viewing opportunities visit Pongola on a regular basis.

 

Top 6 reasons to visit Pongola

1. The Junk Shopping Centre in town is a unique all-in-one retail centre (30 shops in total) selling anything from fish bait to music and offering services such as photo processing and sending of faxes. One can even buy fresh bread and milk, be sure to stop in and marvel at their product range and endless stock.

2. Proclaimed way back in 1874, the Pongola Game Reserve hosts 4 of the Big 5 (leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo) in thick bush overlooking the Pongola River. The reserve is also a popular birding site with over 300 species officially recorded here.

3. Hire a boat and fishing gear at Lake Jozini to try and land a tiger fish. This fearsome game fish is a fighter and has been known to soar into the air to escape a fisherman’s hook. While on the lake, look out for crocodiles and hippos along the banks.

4. The Pongola Publicity department conducts tours to a local school for guests to gain an insight into the challenges facing rural education and the AIDS issue still prevalent in these areas. The tours are free but donations are welcomed.

5. Several new hiking trails have been established in the Lebombo (Lubombo) Mountains. Known as the eco-walking trails, they cross streams and waterfalls and traverses pristine forest and cycad fields. Ask your host for details.

6. Pongola Country Club has a picturesque 9-hole golf course for visiting golfers to get their game on while visiting the area.

 

Transport

Pongola has its own airstrip for chartered flights. The nearest international airport is King Shaka International Airport, 345km from Pongola. Car rental agencies operate in most large cities. Collect a vehicle from the airport or you could order a rental online. There are no taxi services in the region, however, some tour operators offer shuttle services from the main centres to Pongola. A rental is the most practical choice.

 

Did you know?

The area 2km west of Pongola holds some of the oldest rocks in South Africa, dated at 3500 million years old.

Between the years 1902 and 1940, farmers in the Pongola area – believing that wild animals were the carriers of the deadly tsetse fly – went on a campaign to destroy all wildlife to rid their cattle of the killer fly. Sadly, all game was obliterated based on misinformation.

Pongola is a low risk malaria region, however, it’s best to take precautions before visiting.