A truly unique lodge in Northern KwaZulu Natal where the view from the spectacular setting is particularly breathtaking as you gaze out onto Lake Jozini, the Lebombo Mountains and the Pongola Game Reserves. Shayamoya Tiger Fishing and Game Lodge is privately owned with a warm and relaxed atmosphere, where the staff are friendly and efficient. The gateway to KwaZulu Natal, close to the Swaziland border and only 2 km off the N2 Highway, Shayamoya is a perfect overnight stop when travelling from Kruger Park to KwaZulu Natal, or from Maputu to Durban, or Johannesburg to the Northern Coast beach or Southern Mozambique resorts. Or spend a week exploring all the area and Shayamoya have to offer, and bring the whole family!
The area is popular for its game viewing and of course tiger fishing as Lake Jozini is the only water in South Africa that is home to the combative tiger fish but if fishing is not your bag, there are plenty of activities at Shayamoya.
Absorb the stunning view, as you sit on the wide wooden deck at Shayamoya`s central lodge. Below and beyond, for as far as the eye can see, stretch the purple hued Lebombo Mountains, the curves of the Pongola River as it enters the Lake Jozini and the unspoilt bushveld of the Phongolo Nature Reserve.
Facilities at Shayamoya Tiger Fishing and Game Lodge:
Guests gather in the central lodge where they join in the camaraderie and share their happy experiences. Shayamoya offers a fully licensed bar.
The Bundu Pot restaurant treats you to sumptuous meals of South African flavourings. The very popular braais are held outdoors around the blazing fire and the feeling of true Africa reaches every soul.
Refresh with a dip in the swimming pool. The indigenous garden is something to be marvelled at with over 60 species of aloes and interesting succulents. It is in splendid bloom in the Winter months. The curio shop is small but contains Shayamoya and African memorabilia.
We have hosted lovely bush-style weddings and the lodge is an excellent corporate venue catering for small conferences and tailor made company team buildings.
Constructed under the deck of the central lodge, is the earthy wine cellar offering an interesting selecting of wines which is also booked as an exclusive dinner venue for those special romantic occasions.
Accommodation at Shayamoya Tiger Fishing and Game Lodge:
There are 8 standard bush chalets, which are appointed with stylish elegance. You can relax on your private deck and observe the curious behaviour of the scarlet-breasted sunbird or have a visit from our resident Spotted Eagle Owl, Nandi.
Enjoy private moments in your own Kingdom of the honeymoon suite where the view is endless. The thatched chalet is built of local wood and stone and blends beautifully into their wild surrounding.
With a sunset view, this spacious chalet has a king size extra length bed, pull out couch and a bunk bed, ideal for small families.
Shayamoya has one chalet that is wheelchair accessible with ramps as access.
Outdoor showers & En-suite bathrooms:
Getting even closer to nature, enjoy the experience of taking a steamy outdoor shower under the stars. Each chalet is beautifully finished with attention to detail, such as the custom made basins and brass taps in the bathrooms.
* Tiger Fishing
The lodge has a good selection of fishing rods and tackle for hire, but bring your own fly rods and tackle. Fishing trips are conducted in a 16 ft Hustler (max 2 anglers), 18 ft Dorado (max 3 anglers). For bigger groups, the 20 ft game viewing boat is used.
* Game drives
Game drives take place on the Phongolo Nature Reserve which has an excellent population of wild life from white rhino, wildebeest, zebra, warthog, giraffe to a wide variety of antelope.
* Boat cruises
The boat is flat bottomed with 10 seats and has a canvas cover overhead. The boat cruise is a superb trip with wonderful bird watching, sightings of hippo, crocodile and where an abundance of game can be seen at the waters edge.
* Rhino tracking
We need 24 hrs notice to conduct these walks on the Phongolo Game Reserve. The trails are not strenuous and therefore enjoyable for all fitness levels.
The area boasts around 400 species of birds. Shayamoya has a wide variety of exciting birding habitats on offer most of which is typical Zululand Thornveld
* Children are welcome
Puzzles, building blocks, trampoline, table tennis, darts, archery. Kids Menu.
* Relaxing therapy in the comfort of your room
Enjoy full body massages, back and neck massages or foot therapy. We also offer pedicures and manicures, even available in the shade at the poolside.
* In the area
There are the well known Game Reserves to visit Hluhluwe, Itala, Mkuze, Ndumu and Tembe. Or visit traditional cultural villages, curio shops, the Emdoneni Cheetah project or Bayete Zulu elephant interaction. Horse riding safaris with Pakamisa Game Reserve. Day trips to Swaziland are a wonder! Splendid Indian Ocean beach resorts such as Sodwana Bay, St.Lucia and Cape Vidal are easily accessible. Enquire with our reservations office for suggestions.
Exiting JHB on the N17 from the South, head to Bethal.
Or exiting from the N12 via Witbank, pass through the Middleburg toll gate, take the R35 off- ramp towards Bethal.
From Bethal, travel to Ermelo, to Piet Retief, and onto Pongola.
From Pongola, travel for 27km, turn left off the N2 highway towards Golela/Swaziland border post.
After travelling 2km up a hill, turn left at the Shayamoya rocky/aloe entrance gate and follow the 1km dirt road to reception.
It is clearly signposted from the N2 highway.