Lebombo Mountains Cultural Trip
Your guide, Bheki, takes you on an enlightening tour along the mountain roads and rural Zulu villages, on the Lebombo Mountains behind Mkuze town.
You visit a Nyanga and his trainee Sangomas (Which Doctors) who give you an insight to the world of throwing bones, the spirits and the muties (medicines) used to cure illnesses etc. You can even ask for a private consultation at an extra fee. From here we visit a Zulu homestead witnessing how the Zulu people live and their cooking methods and taste some home brewed Zulu beer. After this, meet some students and teachers of a local school.
The tour takes about 3 hours once you have left Mkuze.
At least one day notice is required
Directions: The meeting point is at the Ghost Mountain Inn at Mkuze.
Tembe Elephant Park Game Drive
This remote park, deep in an area of sand forests, pans and wetlands in northern Tongaland, lies on the border between KwaZulu-Natal and Mozambique. Home to the biggest tuskers in Africa, a variety of animals including the Big 5 and a wonderful diversity of birdlife makes Tembe a special place. Game drives are offered through the tented camp departing at 11am. Advanced notice is required. Or if you have a 4x4 to negotiate the sand tracks, you can drive the area privately, visit the Mahlasela Hide, and overlooking a pan in the Muzi Swamp is Ponweni Hide.
Bayete Zulu Elephant Interaction
Come and enjoy an up close and personal meeting with Rambo, Rachel and Jabulani, habituated elephants. One of their knowledgeable rangers talk you through their history and provide you with interesting facts about elephants. You will be given the opportunity to feed them as well as touch Rambo’s ears, behind his tusks, between his legs and even get to feel his tongue!
Tour Times: 11am.
Emdoneni Cheetah and Serval Project
Enjoy an up close and personal tour and learn more about South Africa's endangered wild cat species. View and photograph these amazing animals at the Emdoneni Cat Rehabilitation Centre. Offering educational tours daily, with feedings during the afternoon tour and an informative talk about the animals and the project by an experienced guide.
Tour times: 10:30am and 4:30pm.
The aim of the Emdoneni Cat Rehabilitation Centre is to care for wild Cheetahs, Serval Cats, African Wildcats and Caracal (Lynx), which have been orphaned or injured in the wild and are in need of care and rehabilitation. The project has grown well in the last year, with 2 young Cheetah, 6 Caracal (Lynx) and 5 African Wild Cat joining the project. Guests now have the opportunity to view 4 of the 7 cat species found in Africa.
Zulu Croc is home to a large variety of pythons, Nile crocodiles, Dwarf crocodiles, alligators and iguanas. Set in a serene environment, this world-class facility provides the opportunity to observe a spectacular predator at close range, from hatchlings to adults. Not only is this an enthralling experience, but also educational.
Zulu Croc is a sanctuary to some of the world's largest snakes as some can reach lengths of up to 14meter. See a cobra handled bare-handed and a puff adder turning into a docile creature. See "Zulu" a Nile Croc clear the water in hot pursuit of his next meal, catch a glimpse of "Alice" an American Alligator as she "croc-handles" our Crocodile Impi.
Enjoy a 2 hour interactive crocodile and snake tour see one of the biggest crocodiles in captivity. Tour times: 10am, 12:00 and 2pm. Bookings essential
Dumazulu Traditional Cultural Experience
Daily cultural tours of a village, here a Zulu team has strived to authentically capture customs and traditions practiced during the reign of the famous Zulu King Shaka. DumaZulu is the only cultural kraal in Zululand to have been personally opened by a Zulu King, his majesty King Goodwill Zwelethini kaBhekuzulu, a direct descendant of King Shaka Zulu, bestowing a great honour upon the Kraal and thus placing the Royal Zulu seal of approval on the kraal’s authenticity and objectives.
The Kraal with over 50 residents form part of the “Living museum” and carry out age old manufacturing traditions including spear, shield and clay pot making, basket weaving, intricate bead work and Sangoma bone throwing. The cultural experience culminates in spectacular and vibrant Zulu dancing. Dumazulu Shows: 8.15am, 11.00am or 3.15pm.
Ithala Game Reserve
This magnificent reserve, tumbling from the heights of the Ngotshe Mountains a thousand meters down into a deep valley, carved over the eons by the Phongolo River revealing the world's oldest rock formations, is a game viewers paradise. Situated in the rugged, mountainous thornveld of northern KwaZulu-Natal, the reserve's multitude of habitats host a spectacular array of wildlife species. Its scenic beauty aside, Ithala's most characteristic feature is perhaps its astonishing geological diversity.
Ithala has provided the setting for many historic events, from Shaka's reign and those of successive Zulu kings, to a number of gold mining enterprises in the early years of the 20th Century. Ithala has an excellent auto trail to facilitate visitor's game viewing.
Ndumo Game Reserve
Ndumo Game Reserve is perhaps best known for its magnificent bird life with the highest bird count in South Africa, some 430 species.
Situated near the Tembe Elephant Park on the Mozambique border, the Usuthu River forms its northern boundary and the Pongola River flows along the eastern boundary to its confluence with the Usutu. Ndumo boasts many beautiful pans set about with yellow fever trees and extensive wetlands and reed beds as well as acacia savannah and sand forest.
Mkhuze Game Reserve
A place of great beauty and high contrasts, Mkhuze is renowned as a mecca for bird lovers, with more than 420 bird species on record. The reserve has an astonishing diversity of natural habitats, from the eastern slopes of the Lebombo Mountains along its eastern boundary, to broad stretches of acacia savannah, swamps and a variety of woodlands and riverine forest.
A rare type of sand forest also occurs in the reserve. Two beautiful pans, Nhlonhlela and Nsumo, lie in the north and east respectively, home to communities of hippo, crocodile, pink backed and white pelicans, as well as a diversity of ducks and geese which gather in spring.
Birding, game viewing and sitting quietly in the three game viewing hides are the most popular activities in Mkhuze.
Hluhluwe Game Reserve
Set in the heart of Zululand, the oldest game reserve in Africa where Zulu kings such as Dingiswayo and Shaka hunted and put in place the first conservation laws, where today the "big five" of African legend stalk the verdant savannah. Established in 1895, game viewing is the prime attraction. Viewing hides overlook waterholes enabling visitors to see animals at close range.
Situated 4km from Shayamoya, with a breathtaking view over the Pongola River, where the elements of beauty and nature come together. You can choose from of a variety of professional treatments.
Hot Stone Therapy
Pressure Point Massage
Indian Head Massage
Many guests enjoy stretching their legs and request guided walks however rhino walks are truly thrilling. We need 24hrs notice to arrange these walks of which there are two options.
1) White Rhino walks with the Pongola Game Reserve, meet at Mvubu Lodge. The trails are not strenuous and therefore enjoyable for all fitness levels. Ages 16 and above only.
Max 8 people. R300 p/person.
2) Black Rhino walks with White Elephant Safaris which is an unique and interesting experience. These rhinos have foot collars for security reasons and technology is used to track them. Ages 12 and above only. Max 8 people. R400 p/person.
GUIDED HORSE SAFARIS WITH PAKAMISA GAME RESERVE
Enjoy an early morning our afternoon out ride on a game reserve inland of Pongola, on well trained Arabian & Arabian crossed horses. Tack is of excellent quality, English and Endurance saddles. With groups of maximum 6 riders on an out ride. Max. weight limit of 90 kg per rider.
Lunge Lesson with trainer - 30 min R300.00 per person
1,5 hours horse ride R400.00 per person
2- 4 hours horse ride R550.00 per person
Tel: 083 229 1811/2116
Directions: On arrival in Pongola, take the R66 to Nongoma/Ulundi. Travel for 7km and turn right onto a dirt road D429. Continue for another 7.5km and you will see the Pakamisa entrance on your left.