Phongolo Nature Reserve
from the heights of the Lebombo Mountains down across the
Phongolopoort Dam (also known as Lake Jozini) to typical African
savannah in the west, this reserve is the oldest proclaimed
conservation area in Africa. Proclaimed on the 13th of June 1894 by
President Paul Kruger and reproclaimed in 1903,
to protect declining game numbers, but in reality as a strategy for
the old Transvaal Republic to gain access to the sea, the
reserve contains a large number of special ecosystems and habitats.
These include the unique veld type called Golela, which is an
important Suni antelope breeding habitat. The species rich Lobombo
Mountain forests found in deep moist soils in the south-east facing
valleys and slopes on the eastern side of the reserve, and the
western savannah with Themeda grassveld dotted with knobthorns and
area boasts a bird list of over 300 species and a range of plains
game including white rhino, giraffe, blue wildebeest, kudu, impala,
nyala, warthog, waterbuck, common and mountain reedbuck and zebra.
dam has large populations of hippos and crocodiles and fish species
that include tiger fish, the focus of a number of fishing
competitions through the year.
has been declared a resource reserve and will be offering sport
hunting this year on a range of species. Facilities include a rustic
campsite on the edge of the water equipped with cold showers and
flush toilets. This campsite, set on green lawns under large acacia
trees, can accommodate 120 people in 15 sites.
is an adjacent picnic site for day visitors. There are 2 launch sites
close by for people wishing to go boating or angling on the dam. Game
can be viewed using a limited road network and fishing is allowed
both on the water and from the shore line.
Summer 05h00 to 19h00
Winter 06h00 to 18h00
visitor Entry fee R25.00 per adult R15.00 per child PLUS R25.00 per
034 - 4351012