South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal) – Swaziland
The Pongola River, broad and perennial, meanders through the center of Pongola Game 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), Hippopotamus 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.
Location (27°25′ S, 31°58′ E)
Lake Jozini is approximately 485 km east of Johannesburg and 330 km north of Durban, in the north east of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa.
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At the foot of the legendary Ghost Mountain in Mkuze, northern KwaZulu Natal lies the privately owned 4 Star Ghost Mountain Inn – a perfect setting to experience the allure of Africa in stylish comfort.
Due to open in March 2010, the Jozini Tiger Lodge is incredibly positioned overlooking the Jozini Dam, easily accessible from both Durban and Gauteng.
Pongola Game 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. Pongola Game Reserve has 6 wonderful, separate and secluded luxury destinations.
Come and live like a king in Royal Jozini Big 6 private safari game reserve, situated in peaceful Swaziland, where the majestic Lubombo Mountains envelop the vast shores of Lake Jozini. This is Big 5 country and part of the Lubombo International Trans-frontier Park, home to the Big 5 and the finest bird watching in Africa, yours to enjoy by boat, guided trail or even from your own private game vehicle. We named our estate Royal Jozini Big 6 because we’ve got tiger fish – reputed to be the best freshwater fighting fish in the world.
Surrounded by the majestic Lebombo Mountains and the shimmering waters of Lake Jozini, the White Elephant Safari Lodge & Bush Camp offers every comfort for your sojourn in the African wilderness. Gentle boat cruises on Lake Jozini add a new dimension to game viewing and birdwatching. Hear the haunting fish eagle cries, hippos snorting, feel the winds whispering against your skin, inhale the tranquillity and solitude of Africa. Test the shimmering waters for ‘tigers’ with an expert fishing guide to assist you. From the novice fisherman to the expert anglers fishing with a fly, Lake Jozini offers you the ideal location for tigerfishing of a lifetime, while you enjoy the pristine wilderness setting that compares favorably to the wilds of Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe.