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About Phongolo Nature Reserve

Stretching from the Lebombo Mountains down across the Phongolopoort Dam, Phongolo Nature 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 Nature 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 Nature 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.

Things to do in Phongolo Game Reserve

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Phongolo Nature Reserve is 1.6km from the centre of Phongolo Game Reserve , the nearest airport 113.7km (Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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