Pakamisa Lodge offers an unforgettable African experience in a private 2,500 hectare game reserve. The reserve is predator and malaria free, creating a safe environment for a range of activities for adults and children not usually available in other Big 5 Reserves. Pakamisa in Zulu means 'to lift up' and guests are assured that their spirits will soar in this African Shangri-La.
Pakamisa is home to a collection of magnificent Arabian horses all superbly trained by the owner. There are few greater thrills than exploring the wild African bush on horseback. Each trail ride offers incredible game viewing from the meandering plains or the challenging hilly ascents. There is nothing more exciting than riding into a herd of impala, giraffe, wildebeest and warthogs and getting close to them before they trot off. No horse lover coming to South Africa should miss this opportunity!
For visitors who would like to experience Pakamisa on two legs rather than four, there are numerous walks and trails through the valleys, along the river banks, or climb the Pakamisa Mountain for the most rewarding panoramic view of 360 degrees. Or traverse the reserve in an open safari vehicle with an experienced game ranger who will explain the fascinating life cycles of insects, plants and trees and the behaviour patterns of mammals, big and small, that you may encounter along the way.
The main lodge has breathtaking views over the reserve, the evergreen valley and plains of the Pongola River and the surrounding mountains. The eight meter high ceilings, legendary of hotels in bygone days, create a pleasant, cool atmosphere. The impressive Main House, with its eclectic mix of African and European art and antiques, offers an ideal place for quiet relaxation or pre-dinner socializing, or alternatively slip into the intimate atmosphere of the Hunter's Bar for a cocktail. The large pool is the ideal place to relax around and enjoy a light snack or a lunchtime drink.
The 8 spacious, tastefully-decorated suites offer the highest standards for comfort and complete relaxation. Each suite consists of a bedroom, a deluxe bathroom and a cosy sunken lounge leading onto a spacious veranda. The rooms have been individually styled and themed after an African animal. The suites are deliberately techno-free with no telephone or television, but internet access is available at the reception area of the Main House for those who simply cannot let go of the outside world.
All meals; tea/coffee; and choice of 2 activities per day (horse riding, game drive, guided bush walk, archery, target shooting with air rifle) are included. PLEASE NOTE: All other drinks are NOT included. Horse riding is restricted to one ride per day per person - weight limit 90 kg.
Children of any age are welcome. Rates available on request.
All of the holidays we prepare are tailor-made, but this might give you an idea of how Pakamisa Lodge can be included in you own dream holiday.
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Pakamisa Game Reserve
Destination: South Africa.
Only 10% of international tourists to South Africa choose to explore Kwa-Zulu Natal, making it a true hidden gem in the heart of the Rainbow Nation. If you're looking for a real retreat into a world of unexplored natural beauty and undisturbed peace, this is the perfect 12 night trip for you.
This is a 12 night itinerary including The Drakensberg, Durban, St Lucia Wetland Park, KwaZulu-Natal and Pakamisa Game Reserve.
Over 12 nights, this trip will give intrepid travellers a glimpse of the hidden gems tucked away in KwaZulu-Natal. Walk in a UNESCO World Heritage site to see bushman paintings dating back thousands of years, relax on a beach, chase across the plains in search of the Big 5, and end in the saddle of a magnificent Arabian horse and experience the sights, smells, sounds and excitement of the African veld and literally become one with the environment.
This is a 12 night itinerary including The Drakensberg, Durban, AmaKhosi Private Game Reserve and Pakamisa Game Reserve.
*Prices are per person and are based on today's exchange rates. Exchange rates are subject to change and are updated daily.
Prices exclude international flights - ask us if you would like to include these.
Pakamisa Lodge Location.
Directions For Drivers
From either Johannesburg (500 km) or Durban (400 km): Follow the N2 towards Pongola. In Pongola, turn off the N2 onto the R66 - the signboard says Ulundi/Nongoma.
After 7 km turn right onto a gravel road - the D429. Continue for 7.5 km then turn left up the hill, and drive for a further 3 km. Follow the Pakamisa signs until you reach the main gatehouse.
The entrance gate is not permanently manned Ionly between the hours of 07:00 and 16:00) therefore guests are asked to phone the lodge when they arrive at Pongola, where there is good mobile phone reception - the number to call is +27 (0) 83 229 1811.
General Information For Guests
Pakamisa is not a Big 5 Reserve. As a result guests safely enjoy game drives, bush walks and horse riding without the threat of predators.
Game drives last between 2-3 hours and guests encounter an abundance of wildlife, such as various species of antelope, giraffes, wildebeest, zebras and lots of warthogs! Bush walks range from a stalking trip with camera and binoculars to a comfortable stroll to a shaded picnic spot.
Horse rides last between 1-3 hours and cater for beginners and more advanced riders. English and Western saddles and all tack is of a high quality and in excellent condition.
There is a laundry service available (additional cost).
There is a main swimming pool and a guest library.
Pakamisa offers a variety of dining experiences - guests can enjoy sumptuous breakfasts and delicious alfresco lunches on the panoramic veranda, and an elegant formal 4 course dinner is served in the award-winning El Prado restaurant.
Credit cards are accepted.
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