Pakamisa Private Game Reserve

Pakamisa Game Reserve, Pongola, 3170
from/per night R4440.00

About Pakamisa Private Game Reserve

c"Pakamisa" is a Zulu word, meaning "to lift up". At Pakamisa Paradise, we guarantee our guests that their spirits will be lifted in this African retreat. Luxurious lodgings are set in the African bushveld, and topped with superior European cuisine.

Pakamisa Paradise enjoys prime positioning in the spectacular mountainous region of KwaZulu-Natal's northern Zululand. Located only 15km from the small town of Pongola, Pakamisa Paradise is situated in the middle of its own private Game Reserve.

Pakamisa Paradise's management and staff are committed to exceeding guest expectations. Our superior service is available 24 hours a day, and meeting the unique needs of our esteemed guests is our top priority. For this reason, we offer guests the option of allowing us to assist in planning a custom-made holiday package, in which a wide range of activities are available.

Pakamisa Paradise is situated in the Pakamisa Private Game Reserve, 2500 hectares of spectacular malaria-free wilderness. Mountains, valleys and ravines further extend the area of this reserve, and make for incredible views. Pakamisa Paradise guests enjoy exclusive access to this game reserve, rich in wildlife and vegetation unique to the area.    

Wildlife that guests are likely to site include leopard, giraffe, zebra, waterbuck, red hartebeest, warthog, bushpig, kudu, nyala, impala, bushbuck, common reedbuck, mountain reedbuck, grey and red duiker, steenbuck, klipspringer, baboon in addition to a variety of smaller mammals, predators, reptiles and birds.

The Main House boasts an interesting fusion of African and European art and antique furniture, and the ambience is ideal for guests needing a retreat from busy urban life. The Living Room's cosy fireplace provides a great venue for meeting new people, or recounting the day's adventures with friends and families.

The extensive Library offers a variety of books in different languages to transport the reader into the world of the novel.

Hunter's Bar boasts an intimate atmosphere from which to enjoy a refreshing cocktail or a warming port. Music on the terrace offers the ideal setting to enjoy spectacular views of the enchanting African countryside.

Light snacks and refreshing drinks can be enjoyed from the luxury of Pakamisa Paradise's peaceful pool terrace.

El Prado Restaurant is elegantly appointed, and is determined to achieve perfection in terms of cuisine, ambience, entertainment and service. The unique El Prado dining experience comprises hearty breakfasts, light lunches, afternoon teas, refreshing sundowners, romantic alfresco dining on the covered verandah, or Gala Dinners with concert entertainment. Regardless of your dining requirements, these are all set within an elegant atmosphere, and cuisine is perfectly complimented by appropriate wines and liquors of superior quality.

After a day spent exploring the African bushveld, guests are welcome to enjoy the African evening around a campfire, under the pitch black sky broken only by the generous scattering of stars.


Eight stunning suites are designed with luxurious comfort and elegance as our top priority. Each suite boasts a gorgeous bedroom, comfortable lounge, deluxe bathroom (bath, shower, two basins and separate toilet), wardrobe and private verandah. Modern amenities in each room include an in-room electronic safe, mini-bar and tea- and coffee-making facilities. Each room reflects the natural beauty and wild allure of an African animal. This theme is continued in the unique décor, as well as the art and local artefacts.

High ceilings, and solid bricks walls ensure that the indoor climate is as pleasant as possible, whether guests are enjoying the hot South African summer, or the cool Natal winters.


The Pakamisa Private Game Reserve is home to Pakamisa Lodge and consists of 2500 hectares of malaria-free veld. Pakamisa Lodge's guests enjoy exclusive access to the park, and the game drives that form a major part of the African experience. Guests can expect to experience being up and close and personal with leopard, giraffe, zebra, waterbuck, red hartebeest, warthog, bushpig, kudu, nyala, impala, bushbuck, common reedbuck, mountain reedbuck, grey and red duiker, steenbuck, klipspringer, and baboon, not including the abundance of smaller mammals, predators, reptiles and birds.

Game drives are conducted by qualified game rangers in an open-air safari vehicle, allowing for the maximum visibility of Zululand's wildlife and vegetation. The guide has extensive knowledge of the area's fauna and flora and will gladly impart some fascinating information to the enquiring mind. This ensures that each guest returns home with a rich knowledge and memory of the African countryside.

Guided walks through the magnificent African bushveld are guaranteed to help guests to work up an appetite and get close to some of South Africa's smaller (less dangerous) animals. Walks can range from stalking walks with a camera, providing an opportunity to capture lasting memories, to relaxing ambles to the nearby picnic spots where shaded facilities create the perfect venue for a satisfying lunch. A fantastic bush meal awaits the weary stroller.

Over 200 species of birdlife reside in the Pakamisa Game Reserve, which makes this the perfect birdwatching venue. In addition to the resident species, many more visitors and migrants also frequent the area. The birdlife ranges from impressive African eagles to the enchanting smaller members of the species. This diversity provides avid birdwatchers with an entertaining spectrum of birdlife.

The Pakamisa Arabian Stud will capture the heart of even our most discerning of horse lovers. These Arabian horses hail from Andalusia in Spain, where Isabella von Stepski, renowned internationally for her Arabian expertise, once housed her entire stud from Spain to this special charming corner of Africa. These horses are prospering in the warm African environment, where the first generation of the African-born Arabians are already grazing on lush green pastures. These horses are available for riding excursions for individuals and groups alike. Horse-back safaris are conducted through the game reserve, ensuring that guests treasure their African memories for years to come. The lounge at the Pakamisa Stables is off-set by the indulgent verandah, where riders can relax with drinks and snacks before their ride. After a long day on horse-back, a hearty dinner awaits guests.

Passionate golfers are offered transport to the 9-hole golf course in Pongola, a mere 40-minute drive from Pakamisa Paradise.

The rich cultural and historical nature of Pakamisa Paradise's surrounding area provides guests with ample opportunity to indulge in sightseeing tours of the area. The origin of the Zulu people, as well as professionally-conducted tours of the battlefields of the Anglo-Zulu and Anglo-Boer wars, is exposed in charming detail. In addition, traditional Zulu villages, dancing and arts and crafts are all within the vicinity for the enjoyment of our local and international guests.

The nearby Jozini Dam is an ideal venue for the fishing enthusiast seeking a quiet getaway or challenging tousle with a Tiger Fish. Jozini is one of the largest dams in the area and houses a host of wildlife and plant species. Shuttles to and from the dam, as well as all of the necessary arrangements, will be organised by Pakamisa staff.

A private shooting range is set deep within the surrounding mountains, where clay targets are also available.

South Africa is a country that embraces cultural diversity and, as such, Pakamisa Paradise prides themselves in exposing the traditional meals and refreshments of a range of specific countries.

The Rock Pool is surrounded by indulgent sundecks and a refreshing pool bar to create the ideal setting for a relaxing day sent soaking up the warm rays of the African sun. Winters are warm alongside the cosy fireplace, situated inside the impressive Trophy Room in the Main House. For an outdoor experience, the campfire is a comforting retreat, under the star-speckled skies of Kwazulu-Natal.

At Pakamisa Paradise, we are committed to ensuring that your holiday is as special as you intended it to be.


Pakamisa Paradise is a mere 50 km from the Indian Ocean (as the crow flies), and approximately 15 km fm Pongola, a small town just south west of the lodge.

Pakamisa Paradise is set in the sparsely populated, and is considered to be one of the most exquisite locations in the country. Comfortable seasons are guaranteed by the cool coastal breeze, and fresh, clean air is uninterrupted by industrial developments.


The easiest way to Pakamisa is via air-shuttle from Johannesburg directly to Pongola Airport (flight time approx. one hour). On landing at Pongola, we collect you directly at the airstrip. The car transfer to the lodge (approx. 30 minutes) winds through the picturesque Pongola River valley and the evergreen sugarcane plantations.

The alternative travelling option is to go by car or minibus on the N 2 highway; coming from:

  •     the north from Johannesburg over Witbank, Ermelo, Piet Retief (450 km)
  •     the south from Durban (380 km) or from Richards Bay (250 km)

In Pongola, you would do the following:

  •     In Pongola you take the R66 (towards Magudu, Ulundi) - travel on this tarred road for 7 km (passing over the Pongola river) until you see our brown Pakamisa sign on your left
  •     Turn RIGHT onto Dirt road for 7.5 km.
  •     Turn LEFT towards the mountain for further 600 m to our entrance gate of the reserve.
  •     3 or more kilometres of very steep road up the Pakamisa mountain to the Lodge.


Room Types


  • 8 Standard
R4440From/Per night