Phongolo Game Reserve


Stretching from the Lebombo Mountains down across the Phongolopoort Dam, Phongolo Game Reserve has much to offer visitors.

From a conservation perspective, the reserve contains a large number of special ecosystems and habitats with the unique Golela veld providing an important breeding habitat for rare Suni antelope. Other habitats are the species-rich Lobombo Mountain forests and the Themeda grassveld scattered with knobthorn and maroela trees.

Phongolo Game Reserve is home to over 300 bird species and a range of plains game including white rhino, giraffe, blue wildebeest, kudu, impala, nyala, warthog, waterbuck, common and mountain reedbuck and zebra.

The dam has large families of hippos, crocodiles as well as numerous fish species. One of these is the tiger fish, a highly desirable catch at fishing competitions taking place here throughout the year. Facilities offer two boat launch sites, a campsite with cold showers, flush toilets and an adjacent picnic site for day trippers.

Phongolo Game Reserve lies within a malaria area and visitors are advised to take precautions. Swimming is prohibited in the dam because of crocodiles and hippos.

+27 (0) 34 435 1012

Gate Entry Times:
Summer 05:00 – 19:00
Winter 06:00 – 18:00.

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Accommodation near Phongolo Game Reserve

*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling distance.

from R1970
1 night, 2 adults

Mvubu River Lodge

Sleeps 22 Pongola Lodge, Pongola Bed and Breakfast in Pongola
2.56km from Phongolo Game Reserve

Mvubu River Lodge is situated within the Pongola Game Reserve, in Northern Zululand. The lodge is s...

from R1380
1 night, 2 adults

Shayamoya Tiger Fishing & Game Lodge

Sleeps 32 Pongola Safari in Pongola
4.05km from Phongolo Game Reserve

Shayamoya is a true gem offering genuine hospitality, unique settings with stunning panoramic views ...

from R1790
1 night, 2 adults

Nkwazi Lake Lodge

Sleeps 32 Pongola Lodge, Pongola Bed and Breakfast in Pongola
4.87km from Phongolo Game Reserve

Nkwazi Lake Lodge is situated within the Pongola Game Reserve South in Northern Zululand. Nkwazi is...

from R3840
1 night, 2 adults

White Elephant Safari Lodge

Sleeps 16 Pongola Safari in Pongola
5.93km from Phongolo Game Reserve

Set above the mirrored surface of Lake Jozini at the foot of the Lebombo Mountains, lies a special d...

from R800
1 night, 2 adults

Tamboti Ridge B & B

Sleeps 10 Pongola Self-catering in Pongola
6.72km from Phongolo Game Reserve

Situated in a lovely sub-tropical garden with a breathtaking view up the Pongola River, it is ideall...

from R1800
1 night, 2 adults

White Elephant Bush Camp

Sleeps 20 Pongola Self-catering in Pongola
6.79km from Phongolo Game Reserve

White Elephant is the only lodge in South Africa to offer Kariba-like, water based safari activities...

from R1990
1 night, 2 adults

Royal Jozini Kujabula Lodge

Sleeps 10 Lavumisa Lodge in Lavumisa
11.26km from Phongolo Game Reserve

Kujabula Lodge is situated on the waterfront with its own marina, and the owner, Arien, and the mana...

from R3000
1 night, 2 adults

Royal Jozini - Brown's Tented Camp

Sleeps 8 Lavumisa Self-catering in Lavumisa
11.60km from Phongolo Game Reserve

Brown’s Tented Camp is set on the shores of Lake Jozini in Swaziland, close to the marina for easy b...

from R1320
1 night, 2 adults

Royal Jozini Siqalo Lodge

Sleeps 6 Lavumisa Self-catering in Lavumisa
13.89km from Phongolo Game Reserve

Royal Jozini Big 6 Estate offers bush breaks and tiger fishing, with half day or full day boat chart...

from R2950
1 night, 2 adults

Royal Jozini Sweet Thorn Lodge

Sleeps 8 Lavumisa Lodge in Lavumisa
13.89km from Phongolo Game Reserve

Sweet Thorn Lodge is a family bush home with stunning views of Lake Jozini from the patios and also ...

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