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Pakamisa Private Game Reserve - the name in Zulu means "to lift up" and we assure our guests that their spirits will soar in this African Shangri-La.

We offer discerning visitors luxury, comfort and security with top class Gourmet cuisine amidst pristine African wilderness - far from the stress and daily turmoil. We combine a stylish ambience with a wide range of sporting and leisure activities. Spoil yourself for once and enjoy the holiday you deserve at the magical Pakamisa Private Game Reserve.

The Pakamisa Lodge is majestically positioned in the spectacular mountainous region of northern Zululand in the middle of its own extensive and private Game Reserve.

Superbly located on the high plateau of the Pakamisa Mountain, Pakamisa Hotel affords breathtaking views over the evergreen valley and plains of the Pongola River and the surrounding mountains.

Far away from any stress or hectic pace, our guests appreciate and enjoy the exclusive, intimate atmosphere, especially as accommodation is limited to a maximum of 16 guests.

The unique Spanish architecture and style of the Pakamisa Lodge blends the finest of European and African ambience.

Accommodation at Pakamisa Private Game Reserve:
Our eight spacious, tastefully-decorated suites offer the highest standards for comfort and complete relaxation.

Each suite, comprising a double bedroom, lounge, deluxe-bathroom (bath, shower, two basins and separate toilet), wardrobe and own veranda, is fully equipped with in-room electronic safe, mini-bar and tea/coffee facilities. Each suite has been individually styled after an African animal, a theme picked up in valuable paintings and local artifacts.

The solid brick buildings and ceilings up to eight metres high create a pleasant indoor climate found only in the legendary tropical hotels of bygone days.

The impressive Main House, with an eclectic mix of African and European art and antiques, offers the finest atmosphere for either quiet relaxation or socializing with friends and other guests.

Meet new friends around the grand fireplace in the spacious Living Room.
Choose a good book from the extensive Hotel Library that contains many treasures to delight the most discerning bibliophile in a variety of languages.

Sip a cocktail in the cosy Hunter's Bar with its intimate atmosphere
Relax and enjoy wonderful music on the sweeping terrace with its panoramic views of spectacular Africa.

Our pool terrace, also with spectacular views, offers guests an oasis of tranquility where light snacks and exotic drinks can be enjoyed after a refreshing swim in the large Rock Pool.

The elegant El Prado restaurant with its reputation for pleasing the most fastidious gourmet strives for perfection in hospitality, entertainment and fine dining.


Whether you choose an activity based holiday or simply wish to relax, the variety of sporting, social and cultural activities at Pakamisa offers each guest the freedom to select his or her favourite, personal holiday itinerary.

Horseback Riding, Guided Game Drives, Guided Bush walks, Birding Tours, Botanical Tours, Archery, Air Rifle, Clay target shooting, large Swimming pool.

Clothing and Accessories:

Dress code is smart casual
Long trousers for dining in the evenings.
Caps and hats for sun protection, sun glasses, sun lotions
Walking boots
Swimming costume

Health and Climate:

Moderated climate during our winter months (May to September), hardly any rainfall during winter months. Hot during December and January, warm summer temperatures in October, November, February to April. Never humid, malaria free area.

Cancellation Policy:

25% cancellation fee of the deposit if cancelled 30 days prior to arrival
50% cancellation fee of the deposit if cancelled 21 days prior to arrival
100% cancellation fee of the deposit if cancelled 14 days prior to arrival.

Facilities & Services available:

Children under 12
Honeymoon Couples
Airport Shuttle Service
Babysitting Service
Laundry Service
Ironing Service
Limited Room Service
Special Meals on Request
Conference facilities
Wedding facilities
Wine Tasting
Team Building
Bar on the Premises
Dining room
Cots available
Curio Shop
Fax & Photocopy Machine
Fireplace on the Premises
Internet Access
Parking (off-street - covered)
Xhosa / Zulu
Other Language
Communal Satellite TV
DVD and/or VCR
Hiking / Walking Trails
Horse Riding
Swimming Pool

Rooms and Units Available:

Luxury Suites - DBB
Amount of similar units: 8
Sleeps 2 Adults

Luxury Suites - Fully inclusve
Amount of similar units: 8
Sleeps 2 Adults

Latest Reviews

Isabella and her team were very friendly and helpful and the whole atmosphere was relaxed but professional. We all felt very much at home.

The views, the accommodation and the food were excellent.

I loved the horses and the horse trails and I'm not even a "horsey" person.
Frank Cutugno Jan 2014


Pakamisa Private Game Reserve is situated not far from the Indian Ocean (50 km as the crow flies), about 15 km south west of the little town Pongola.

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

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

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

In Pongola you take the southern exit from town, leaving the N2 in a southwestern direction on district road R 66 (towards Magudu); on this tarred road you drive about 7 km and then you turn to the right onto the gravel road D 429.

From that junction you travel exactly another 7,5 km on this road D 429 just straight ahead until you reach at your left hand-side the gate of the Pakamisa Game Reserve; follow the signposts "Pakamisa"

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