Pakamisa Private Game Reserve

Game Lodge, KwaZulu Natal Game Reserves


Leave the hordes to Kruger, and head to this off-the-beaten-track treasure in northern Zululand (aka KwaZulu Natal).  Pakamisa has lots going for it: as a private reserve without any dangerous predators, it unusually allows adults and children alike a chance to walk about the bush, and really immerse themselves into bush life. Other perks include a collection of magnificent Arabian Horses, the exclusivity of a maximum 16 guests, superb food and sublime views.


Individually themed after animals, the eight luxury Safari Suites are set apart in landscaped gardens.  They’re also substantially-sized, containing handsome bathrooms and sunken lounges which lead onto a spacious veranda.  From there are soaring views of the seasonal Pongola River.  Best of all is the Honeymoon Suite, thanks to a king-size bed and especially large deck.  Every suite is techno-free, devoid of TVs or wi-fi, but there is internet access in the Main House.


Full of eclectic African antiques, Spanish architecture and high ceilings, the lodge caters for both quiet relaxation or pre-dinner socialising in the Hunter’s Bar.  An extensive library also tempts, but the headline act is the formal El Prado restaurant, whose four-course dinners have racked up awards.  Venison’s a specialty, cooked in cahoots with homegrown fruit and vegetables, as are wines.  Outside is a pool with a spacous deck and sunbeds.


On guided game drives, available any time, you might see giraffe, zebra, warthog and a multitude of monkeys.  Ditto on bush walks around the large reserve, where you’ll also learn about the fascinating insects and plants, from dung beetles to toothbrush trees.  Birding excursions are possible too, and thrilling horseback safaris using those elegant stallions.

Child Policy

Children of all ages are welcome, with babysitting available (surcharge).  Those aged under 13 must share their parents’ room. Two beds can be added to each suite.  Horse-riding for children under 10 can be organised by prior arrangement. 


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