Esikhotheni, (pronounced “ss-khot-tehn”) Zulu for “In the Sticks” is by no means primitive and untamed as the name would suggest.

Comfortable and elegant without being fussy, Esikhotheni celebrates tranquil charm, surrounded by untouched African bush, on a stunning hilltop location overlooking the shimmering Jozini Lake.

Esikhotheni forms part of the Pongola Game Reserve, all of which is privately owned by like-minded individuals who formed this reserve with the purpose of allowing vast numbers of species to roam freely without the intrusion of fences and limited spaces. The total reserve area is 14,000ha, Esikhotheni contributing 2,000ha to this.

At Esikhotheni you will see 4 of the Big 5:
Elephant, Black and White Rhino, Buffalo, and Leopard,as well as large quantities of other game species such as Kudu, Nyala, Impala, Reedbuck, Wildebeest, Zebra, Giraffe, Steenbok, Red and Grey Duiker, and Warthog.

Having the reserve extend to the shores of Lake Jozini brings an added dimension – affording guests the opportunity of boat cruises on the lake, or to try their hand at fishing.
R1400.00 pps

  • Esikhotheni Lodge
  • Esikhotheni Lodge
  • Esikhotheni Lodge
  • Esikhotheni Lodge
  • Esikhotheni Lodge
  • Esikhotheni Lodge
  • Esikhotheni Lodge

Facilities & Services:

  • Honeymoon Couples
  • Airport Shuttle Service
  • Laundry Service
  • Bar on the Premises
  • Jacuzzi
  • Cots available
  • Internet Access
  • Tourism Information Desk
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking (off-street - open)
  • Garden
  • Afrikaans
  • English
  • Xhosa / Zulu
  • Hiking / Walking Trails
  • Swimming Pool
  • Communal Satellite TV


Superior accommodation is offered in 7 en-suite chalets, all privately situated with private patios and magnificent views. The bathrooms are very special with large showers and raised oval baths with clear views of the lake.

Our Honeymoon Suite is designed with the more romantic in mind, with a private Jacuzzi set on an extended deck in the bush.

The chalets all have air-conditioning, mini bar with tea & coffee making facilities; luxurious bath essences, lotions etc for your pleasure & comfort, hairdryers and electronic mini-safe for safe keeping of personal items, money etc.

Esikhotheni Lodge Activities:

* Walking Trails
* Game Drives (3hrs)
* Clay Pigeon shooting
* Boat Cruises (approximately 3 hours long) min 6pax
* Horseback Safari - R170 per person per hour
* Fishing Charters - Tiger in abundance within the lake
* 4X4 Track for vehicles and mountain bikes
* Rhino experience - on foot (adults only, max 2 pax per trip)
* Bush Breakfasts, Picnic Lunches at Lake arranged on request
* Birding - the bird life is prolific, and the sightings list growing

Esikhotheni Lodge Map:

Clothing & Accessories:

Comfortable "bush" attire, closed shoes if intending to do a bushwalk. Hat and sun-screen adviseable.

Other Accommodation near Esikhotheni Lodge:

Accommodation options within 8km from Esikhotheni Lodge include:

White Elephant Safari Lodge

White Elephant Safari Lodge

  • Grading: 

Classic colonial decor, elegant dining, deep verandahs, dedicated servicce & refined simplicity campture the history & romance of a bygone era.