Activities in Phongolo


  • The dam and the Phongola River form the southern most limit for tiger fish, and it has become a prime tiger fishing destination in South Africa.
  • The Tiger Fish Bonanza, hosted by Sodwana Angling Club, is held during September every year, and this increasingly popular event has
  • Over 300 species of birds have been identified in the reserve, making Phongolo Nature Reserve an ideal spot for bird watching.
  • The reserve forms the southernmost limit of some significant species such as Burchell’s Starling and Long-tailed Shrike.
  • There are also many species of water bird to be found in and along the shoreline of the dam.
  • There is a resident colony of White-backed Vultures in the reserve as well, making this a very special birding spot.
  • Game is plentiful and includes many species of plains game such as elephant, white rhino, giraffe, kudu, impala, blue wildebeest, zebra and more recently, tsessebe which have been reintroduced after a long absence.

The following facilities/activities are available on the reserve:

  • camping and caravanning
  • picnicking (at the camp grounds)
  • game viewing (own vehicle)
  • angling and boating (own boat)
  • hunting (in the controlled hunting area)
  • eight bed bush camp

Phongolo Gallery