Pongola is located in the north of Kwazulu Natal province, on the southern tip of Swaziland, and is called uPhongolo by the Zulu’s. Pongola is surrounded by sugar and fruit plantations. You will also find the Pongola Game Reserve, which was already declared a game reserve by Paul Kruger, then President of the Transvaal Republic in 1894.
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The Pongolo River winds its way through the reserve before it flows into the 13276-hectare lake. At Pongola you can not only go on 4×4 and foot safaris, but also boat cruises, wildlife viewing from a canoe and fishing. During the safari activities you can meet four members of the Big Five, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino. Along the water you will find crocodiles and hippos, but also giraffes, blue wildebeests, zebras, kudus, impalas and many others live in the reserve. It is also a paradise for birdwatchers with more than 350 different species of birds. There are a number of overnight places in the reserve such as White Elephant Safari Lodge.