Pakamisa Private Game Reserve

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Pakamisa Private Game Reserve, accommodation in Pongola Kwazulu Natal

5 Star
Name of hostsIsabella
Tel:+27 (0)34 413 3559
Cell+27 (0)83 229 2116
Emailpakamisa@pakamisa.co.za
Webwww.pakamisa.co.za

Pakamisa
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Description

Pakamisa - 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 European cuisine amidst pristine African wilderness.

Superbly located on the high plateau of the Pakamisa Mountain, Pakamisa Lodge 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 Italo-Spanish architecture and style of the Pakamisa Lodge blends the finest of European and African ambience.

Our eight spacious, tastefully-decorated suites offer the highest standards for comfort and complete relaxation. Each suite, comprising a 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:

  • From a sumptuous breakfast up to a light lunch
  • Afternoon tea and sundowners
  • Romantic alfresco dining on the covered veranda
  • Gala Diner with concert entertainment

All in a stylish but comfortable atmosphere. The cuisine, as well as the wines and liquors from our cellar, are of the highest international standards.

Or a perfect day can be rounded off around a crackling campfire under the stars enjoying the natural nocturne of the African night.

Pakamisa Lodge - Seminars and Conferences

You tell us your requirements ­ we will organize all facilities for you in this unique and beautiful setting.
The lodge has at its disposal all the latest technical equipment, including audio-visual facilities, to ensure a smooth-running event.
The pure, crystal mountain air of Pakamisa is guaranteed to invigorate and inspire those creative spirits.
Please request our special rates for seminars and conferences and our block-booking conditions.

ACCOMMODATION

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 artefacts.

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 HOTEL

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

Meet new friends around the grand fireplace in the spacious Trophy Hall.
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 music on the sweeping terrace with its panoramic views of spectacular Africa.
Our pool terrace, also with spectacular views, offers guests an oasis of tranquillity where light snacks and exotic drinks can be enjoyed after a refreshing swim in the large Rock Pool.

DINING

The elegant El Prado restaurant with its reputation for pleasing the most fastidious gourmet strives for perfection in hospitality, entertainment and fine dining: From a sumptuous breakfast up to a light lunch, Afternoon tea and sundowners, Romantic alfresco dining on the covered veranda or a Gala Diner with concert entertainment.

All in a stylish but comfortable atmosphere. The cuisine, as well as the wines and liquors from our cellar, are of the highest international standards. Or a perfect day can be rounded off around a crackling campfire under the stars enjoying the natural nocturne of the African night.

Attractions

PAKAMISA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE - in which the Pakamisa Lodge is situated, comprises a pristine malaria free wilderness area of some 2500 hectares. Access to the reserve is restricted, enabling guests at Pakamisa to enjoy the exclusive experience of natural African bushveld. The total area is doubled when the mountainous features such as valleys and ravines are taken into account. Access to the reserve is restricted, enabling guests at Pakamisa to enjoy the exclusive experience of natural African bushveld with its unparalleled abundance of wildlife and exotic vegetation. Guests can expect to see leopard, giraffe, zebra, waterbuck, red hartebeest, warthog, bushpig, kudu, nyala, impala, bushbuck, common reedbuck, mountain reedbuck, grey and red duiker, steenbuck, klipspringer, baboon as well as many smaller mammals, predators and reptiles. The bird life, too, is prolific and varied.

GAME DRIVE

Accompanied by an experienced game ranger, guests may traverse the entire reserve in an open safari vehicle. Your guide will explain the often-fascinating life cycles of everything from insects, plants and trees to the behaviour patterns of the mammals and birds, giving you a chance to experience at first hand the magic of the African wild.

GUIDED WALKS

Rejuvenate your spirit on long walks through the unspoiled bushveld. The numerous Bush walks are the best way to work up an appetite, these range from stalking trips with camera and binoculars to a comfortable stroll to a shaded picnic spot, where you will be surprised by a creative prepared Bush meal. Since none of the larger and more dangerous mammals roam the Private Game Reserve and access is restricted, you can look out for your own little corner of paradise.

BIRDWATCHING

More than 200 species have been recorded in the Pakamisa Game Reserve with many more occasional visitors and seasonal migrants. From soaring eagles overhead to the vivid sunbirds flitting through the shrubs, the area offers birdwatchers constant excitement.

HORSES

Horse lovers will be impressed by our Pakamisa Arabian Stud.

The Arabian horses, originally born and bred in Andalusia, Spain, by Isabella von Stepski, renowned internationally as an Arabian expert. Isabella transported her entire stud from Spain to this special corner of Africa where these noble horses are thriving well. The first generation of the African-born Arabians are already galloping across the endless pastures. All horses are worked under saddle and the proud breeder is only to happy to arrange riding excursions with the entire herd for guests with equestrian interest.

Horse-back safaris, through the Game Reserve provide guests with a unique and unforgettable experience. An elegant but comfortable lounge and veranda at the Pakamisa Stables invite riders and their friends to enjoy pre-ride drinks and snacks as well as a delicious dinner in a very special setting at the end of a day in the saddle.

GOLF

We are happy to arrange transport to the small but challenging nine-hole golf course in Pongola, a 40-minute drive from Pakamisa. Visitors are assured of a warm welcome on this well-maintained course.

SIGHT SEEING TOURS - SOME OF THE MANY OPTIONS

Cultural tours to the nearby centers of the proud and colourful history of the Zulu people, including conducted tours of the famous battlefields of the Anglo-Zulu and Anglo-Boer wars.

St. Lucia World Heritage Site - wildlife observation and boat cruise through this vast coastal wetland.

Visits to local traditional Zulu villages, Zulu dancing and traditional Zulu arts and crafts.

FISHING

Expeditions to the nearby Jozini Dam (approximately one hour's drive) can be arranged for anglers seeking the legendary, hard-fighting Tiger fish and other freshwater species. The Jozini Dam, one of the largest in the region, is in a beautiful setting and an abundance of wildlife visits its shores. Our team will drive you there and back and organise everything you need for a memorable day's fishing.

SHOOTING

Pakamisa Game Reserve boasts its own shooting range in a fascinating mountain location (far removed from the hotel itself to avoid noise disturbance). Here a modern clay target parcours is available for enthusiastic clay target shooters.

CULINARY SPECIALITIES

The national dishes and drinks of specific countries are featured in turn.

SMALL-TALK AT THE POOLSIDE

The Rock Pool, sundecks and pool bar await your visit.

IN FRONT OF THE FIREPLACE

In winter weather, no better place than the roaring log fires in the magnificent Trophy Hall in the Main House.

AROUND THE CAMPFIRE

End your day under the brilliant star-lit African sky, surrounded by the incomparable symphony of wilderness' night music.

Holidays are the most precious time of your year. Whatever your preference and mood dictates, just let us know !

THE IMPOSSIBLE WE DO IMMEDIATELY - MIRACLES TAKE A LITTLE LONGER.

Directions

The easiest way to Pakamisa is via air-shuttle from Johannesburg directly to Pongola Airport (flight time approx. one hour). On landing at Pongola, we collect you directly at the airstrip. 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 or minibus on the N 2 highway; coming from: * the north from Johannesburg over Witbank, Ermelo, Piet Retief (450 km) * the south from Durban (380 km) or from Richards Bay (250 km) * In Pongola you take the R66 (towards Magudu, Ulundi) - travel on this tarred road for 7 km (passing over the Pongola river) untill you see our brown Pakamisa sign on your left * here turn RIGHT onto Dirtroad for 7,5 km * here turn LEFT towards the mountain for further 600 m to our entrance gate of the reserve. * 3 more kilometers of very steep road up the Pakamisa mountain to the Lodge

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