Welcome to Nkwazi Lake Lodge



Situated within the Pongola Game Reserve South in Northern Zululand; 350 km north of Durban, 450 km south east of Johannesburg and 270km south of the Kruger National Park.


Nkwazi is set on a hillside overlooking the Pongola River as it lazily meanders towards the Pongolapoort Dam and is the perfect place to combine the

excitement of Tiger fishing and game viewing with the tranquillity of the bush and panoramic views.  The reserve caters for the discerning nature lover offering game drives, boat cruises, guided walks and rhino tracking. 


The lodge accommodates 30 guests in 11 twin en-suite thatched chalets, and two family chalets consisting of a living area, 2 bedrooms with twin beds and en suite bathrooms.  All chalets have air conditioning, mini bar fridges and tea & coffee facilities. Cuisine is typically South African with a variety of venison dishes prepared and presented in the boma or open plan dining area overlooking the river.  We do have a fully licenced bar at Nkwazi.


Please Note: As the lodge has a fully licenced bar guests are not permitted to bring their own alcohol for consumption at the lodge.

Rates include dinner, bed, breakfast (brunch) and teas and coffee. Children are welcome.


Please Note: Although children are welcome at Nkwazi Lake Lodge, it is not a child friendly Lodge (high elevation and unfenced swimming pools). Children are the parent’s responsibility and please make sure your children behave in an orderly manner and take other guests into consideration.


Please take note that the bar, dining area, sitting area and swimming pools are open to the general public.

Nkwazi Lake Lodge is the ideal setting for Corporate Conferences and Team Building.

The location allows conference delegates the perfect combination of work and play.


Activities are subject to availability. Please enquire at the office. Activities on offer are:

  • Game Drives

  • Rhino Tracking

  • Guided Walks

  • Boat Cruises

  • Fish Eagle Safari Boat

  • Fishing Boat Hire



    The rates for all activities on offer are as per the Activities List and Rates. All activities last approximately 3 hours, except fishing, and booking is essential. Cancellations made less than 24 hours before commencement of a booked activity will be paid in full.




You are welcome to bring your own boats.

Please ask about the launching details for private boats.

These do change due to dam levels. 


From Durban:

Take the N2 North bypassing Empangeni and Mkuze. Continue approx. 44km on the N2 towards Pongola. Turn left at the Pongola Game Reserve Leeukop Gate and follow the Mpalane/Nkwazi signs for 12 km. 

From Johannesburg or Pretoria:

Travel to Ermelo, and follow signs to Piet Retief and Pongola.  From Pongola travel south on the N2 for 30 km, and 1km after crossing the Pongola River turn right at the Pongola Game Reserve Leeukop Gate and follow the Mpalane/Nkwazi signs.

Gate Hours: 06h00 – 18h00


Please take note when using the Leeukop Gate:

There is a train bridge you need to drive under, bridge size: height is 3.3m and width is 6.1m.


Please note that the Game Reserve’s internal access roads are gravel roads. These are well maintained and are suitable for normal clearance cars and bakkies, however they are not suitable for vehicles with very low clearance and low profile tyres.

No self-drives allowed in the reserve.


GPS Coordinates:

27°  22'  46.58"  S

31°  53'  54.92"  E