Situated in the northeastern corner of South Africa, this reserve encompasses a collection of special ecosystems. The veld type called Golela is an important breeding habitat for suni antelope. Spend a pleasant morning exploring the reserve on a self-drive game viewing route followed by a picnic at one of scenic sites alongside the dam.

Main attractions

  • Fishing on the dam
  • Resident colony of white –back vultures

Why travel as far afield as Chobe to catch tigerfish when you could be doing it right here in South Africa? Granted, the fish aren’t quite as big, but the river fishing is world class.

– Nick Dall, Wild 21


  • Angling
  • Game viewing
  • Birding
  • Picnicking
  • Fresh water fishing

Top sightings: Giraffe, blue wildebeest, kudu, tsessebe, hippo, crocodile

Accommodation: Camping

Gate times: Summer 05:00 – 19:00, winter 06:00 – 18:00

Nearest centre: Pongola is 40 minutes away (about half and hour).

Know before you go

  • The nearest fuel is available in the town of Pongola.
  • Swimming in the dam is not allowed as there are hippos and crocodiles.
  • The reserve falls in a malaria area – precautions are advised.

Contact reserve: +27 (0)34 435 1012

Ezemvelo Central Reservations: +27 (0)33 845 1000, [email protected]

Visit Phongolo Nature Reserve’s home page.