Pongola is situated in a very beautiful and fertile valley on the N2, near the Lubombo Mountains, in the valleys of Zululand, easily accessible to the Swaziland Border Posts, It is a unique and tranquil subtropical environment.
Pongolapoort Dam and Pongola Game Reserve is to the east. It is the only dam in South Africa where you can catch Tiger Fish.
The uPhongolo Local Municipality is one of five local municipalities located within the area of the Zululand District Municipality. The municipality is governed by the Council consisting of 22 councillors and an Executive Committee. The administrative functions are performed by the Municipal Manager and a team of managers.
What to do and see
Experience the tradition and hospitality of the Zulu Kingdom with a visit to the Zulu Royal Palace, rural villages and townships. We have tiger fishing, hunting, game trails and safaris, art galleries in the bush, beautiful tropical gardens, game reserves with the big 5 and you can visit sugar cane, citrus and pecan nut farms in production.
Where to stay
There are a wide range of accommodation options in Pongola.
- From luxury safari lodges
- Traditional Zulu huts
- Rustic bush camps
- Lakeside chalets
- Country guest houses
- Homely B&B cottages
From a mouse to an elephant, Pongola is surrounded by the most beautiful hunting lodges and several have even the big 5.
Some farms specialize in biltong hunting and others concentrate on trophy hunting.
Whatever your needs, you will be served by professional friendly service.
The Pongola River rises at some 2 200m above mean sea level near Wakkerstroom, Mpumalanga, and descends steeply through the major portion of its catchment to the west of the Lebombo mountains.
The N2 is a major national road that arcs through Zululand, linking Mpumalanga with the KwaZulu-Natal coast, but the regional roads R33, R34, R66, R68 and R69 that criss-cross most of the area are well used. Zululand is not well served by public transport and visitors should check with tourist information offices before setting out.
RA Rouillard was the driving force behind the region's agricultural and economic prosperity.
Pongola has a thriving agriculture sector.
Sugar cane, Pecan nuts, Citrus and Game farming are just some of the farming activities around the Pongola area.
RA Rouillard (RAR)
The pioneering spirit which opened up the interior of South Africa came in a variety of guises.
In the Louwsburg and Magut district, one pioneer who had a particularly significant impact on the region was R. A. Rouillard.
Richard Antoine Rouillard was born in the Phoenix district of Mauritius in 1873.