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About The Pongola Express Camp

These historic 1934 SAR carriages were brought to this location in the 60’s as a weekend retreat. They have been renovated and now form the hub for the Num-Num five-day trail, as well as other two, three, and four-day hiking trails on the estate.

We offer seven compartments, sleeping one to four people per compartment, providing a total of 20 berths. With a kitchen, bar, braai, and shop, this is the ideal start or end to any hike. Hikers should bring their own sleeping bags, pillows and towels.

  • Response Rate: 17%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 2 hours
  • Type: Backpacker
  • Sleeps: 20
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 4 Reviews


  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • No Credit Card Facilities
  • Pet Friendly*
  • Hiking

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Zulu (isiZulu)
  • Afrikaans
* Please enquire for further details.

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Reviews for The Pongola Express Camp

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Jan Van Woerden, South Africa
13 November 2013

There was no one to meet us when we arrived. No one to take the balance of the money when we left. The mattress were torn. Sorry, some inspection should be done before you advertise this place again.Establishment's responseI am sorry about this I was and am very ill, I sent my staff to go down to the camp but these guests did not call when they were at Machadodorp as instructed on our info sheet, so that we could meet and greet them, the nature of this trail is that everything is far apart and we cannot offer a reception in the normal since of the word and rely on guests calling to notify us...
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Tharina Diedericks, South Africa
13 May 2013

Very quiet and rustic, we loved the old world feeling. Don't expect a 5 star lodge its very basic but we loved the peace. Everything you need is at hand.

Antoine Dillée, South Africa
25 June 2012

We stayed one night in the Pongola Express Camp. We arrived in the evening and nobody was there to greet us even though we warned in advance about the late hour of our arrival. The isolation is bad. The carriages are quite cold on winter. The comfort is rudimentary. However the style is unique.

Paul Smith, South Africa
11 April 2011

We had such a fantasic time on our one night stay at the Pongola express camp. The rustic feel of sleeping in the carriages is one to experience. It gives you an Old World feel, yet with modern benefits. Our host, Donna, was incredibly friendly and hospitable. We will be back!

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The Pongola Express Camp is 18.2km from the centre of Waterval Boven , the nearest airport 92.6km (Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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