Pongola Tourism

Pongola (also known in Zulu as uPhongolo) is a small town 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.. It has 50 km² of sugarcane and subtropical fruit plantations surrounding it. During the Depression years of the 1930s, drastic irrigation systems were started in Pongola. The town thrived as a result of the canal system and a sugar mill that was built. Today it is part of the uPhongolo Local Municipality. 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 ANC Council consisting of 22 Councillors and an Executive Committee and Hon. Cllr MM Hadebe is the Mayor and is making sure that the service delivery is maintained. The administrative functions are performed by the Municipal Manager and a team of managers. 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. 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. RA Rouillard was the driving force behind the region's agricultural and economic prosperity. 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. It is home to Tugam Game Farm, uPhongolo's oldest game farm. Richard Antoine Rouillard was born in the Phoenix district of Mauritius in 1873.


This is a comprehensive travel guide for Pongola in South Africa. From budgeting tips to finding the best spots, this travel guide has got all the insider information to explore Pongola like a local. Tour packages of Pongola are of 1 to 2 days duration.

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  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Pongola

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.1 USD
    • International Movie per seat 2.79 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 30.03 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 52.69 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 50.99 USD

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