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With mountain views, Somkhanda Game Reserve is situated in Pongola and has a restaurant, a shared kitchen, bar, garden, year-round outdoor pool and terrace. Both WiFi and private parking are accessible at the lodge free of charge. A balcony with garden views is offered in every unit. A barbecue can be found at Somkhanda Game Reserve, along with a shared lounge. Pongola Nature Reserve is 43 km from the accommodation. The nearest airport is Phinda Airport, 87 km from Somkhanda Game Reserve.

Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 8.2 for a two-person trip.

Somkhanda Game Reserve has been welcoming guests since 2 Nov 2021.

Distance in property description is calculated using © OpenStreetMap

Property highlights

Top location: Highly rated by recent guests (8.6)

Free private parking available on-site

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Room type
2 single beds
4 single beds
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Travel Sustainable Level 3
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Guest reviews


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  • Venessa
    South AfricaSouth Africa
    What a gem. Loved this experience. The staff are very friendly and helpful.
  • Lisette
    Great location, a bit isolated but we really liked that. The room/chalet was very spacious and well decorated. Food was good though and the hosts were very nice and helpful. Impalas and wart hogs grazing in the grass :-) On our way out we spotted...
  • Clarise
    South AfricaSouth Africa
    Loved everything about Somkhanda, the kids loved the pool especially because it was still very warm. It was so relaxing. The Staff is so friendly and helpful. Although you can self drive on the property, a Game Drive with Riaan is a must. We were...
  • Jiří
    Czech RepublicCzech Republic
    Amazing Lodge, recommend to stay as long as possible. Road is little bit bumpy, but it is worth it.
  • Pete
    South AfricaSouth Africa
    The bush is pristine. Camp is well cared for and comfortable
  • Andreas
    There are no words for this gem! You are treated like queens and kings. Fantastic chalets, two pools, the food is prepared with so much love and the game drive with Adrian is an absolute highlight. I hope lots of people will have a chance to enjoy...
  • Christelle
    South AfricaSouth Africa
    We enjoyed the spacious room. We loved the busy birdlife. They have really friendly staff that gave their best effort in stil serving us great food during loadshedding. It's a great place to take the whole family and some friends and enjoy the...
  • Skye
    South AfricaSouth Africa
    Somkhanda is a fantastic gem off the beaten track. We were so impressed with the lodge and its facilities, and the rooms are really gorgeous. It holds the appeal of a private game reserve because it feels untouched. There are 2 pools, which are...
  • Sbonga
    South AfricaSouth Africa
    it’s clean and everything is available upon request.
  • Bosveld
    South AfricaSouth Africa
    What a gem so beautiful, fantastic staff, stay was awesome gave us an upgrade. They will see me again. Just a small leak from the roof when it rained on us on the bed during the night.

Property questions and answers
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  • Does Somkhanda game reserve have big 5 animals?

    Hi Yes Somkhanda is a Big % Reserve hope you will come visit us soon Will Lombard Somkhanda Big 5 Tourism
    Answered on 8 November 2021
  • Hi. are there fridges in the rooms. ?

    We have minibar fridges in all our lodge rooms
    Answered on 1 January 2023
  • Hi, do you have tents that our 2 small kids (2yrs and 5yrs) could share with us. Happy to bring small mattress for them to sleep on the floor.

    Hi yes we do. The east African tent will be big enough. we will supply the two mattresses for you
    Answered on 17 December 2021
  • Hi, If you stay at Tamboti Camp, do you still have access to the pool?

    Yes, You have access to the pool at the restaurant while you are staying at Tamboti
    Answered on 26 December 2022
  • Hi, I am checking if your game drives are still R450 pp and what other activities are available ? Even around the area

    Good Day Yes the Drives are still R450.00. kindly send us a querie to our bookings office and we will assist you with all activities
    Answered on 14 September 2022
  • self catering

    hi. Yes we are a self catering establishment
    Answered on 11 February 2022
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Property surroundings *

1 restaurant on site

  • Kukhuleko
    • Cuisine
      African • South African
    • Open for
      Breakfast • Brunch • Lunch • Dinner
    • Ambiance
      Family friendly • Traditional
    • Dietary options

Facilities of Somkhanda Game Reserve
Great facilities! Review score, 8.4

Most popular facilities
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Free parking
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Room service
  • Restaurant
  • Family rooms
  • Bar
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Bath or shower
  • Private bathroom
  • Toilet
  • Shower
  • Linen
  • Mountain view
  • Garden view
  • View
  • Outdoor fireplace
  • Picnic area
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Outdoor dining area
  • Sun terrace
  • Barbecue
  • BBQ facilities
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Shared kitchen
  • Dining table
Room Amenities
  • Clothes rack
  • Tour or class about local culture
    Additional charge
  • Walking tours
    Additional charge
  • Game drives
    Additional charge
Living Area
  • Dining area
  • Seating Area
Food & Drink
  • Coffee house on site
  • Wine/champagne
    Additional charge
  • Kid meals
    Additional charge
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.
Free private parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed).
  • Accessible parking
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Tour desk
  • Meeting/banquet facilities
    Additional charge
  • Room service
Reception services
  • Invoice provided
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Key access
  • 24-hour security
  • Designated smoking area
  • Air conditioning
  • Non-smoking throughout
  • Heating
  • Private entrance
  • Soundproof rooms
  • Family rooms
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Lower bathroom sink
  • Toilet with grab rails
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Entire unit located on ground floor
Outdoor swimming pool
  • Open all year
  • All ages welcome
  • Pool with view
  • Plunge pool
  • Sun loungers or beach chairs
  • Sun umbrellas
  • Sun loungers or beach chairs
Languages spoken
  • English
  • Zulu

House rules

Somkhanda Game Reserve takes special requests - add in the next step!


From 14:00 to 17:00

Guests are required to show a photo identification and credit card upon check-in


From 10:00 to 11:00



Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodation type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check the conditions of your required room.


Entry to the property will be closed between the hours of 19:00 and 05:00

Children and beds

Child policies

Children of any age are welcome.

Children 18 years and above will be charged as adults at this property.

To see correct prices and occupancy information, please add the number of children in your group and their ages to your search.

Cot and extra bed policies

0 - 12 years
Extra bed upon request
ZAR 250 per child, per night
13+ years
Extra bed upon request
ZAR 500 per person, per night

Prices for extra beds are not included in the total price, and will have to be paid for separately during your stay.

The number of extra beds allowed is dependent on the option you choose. Please check your selected option for more information.

There are no cots available at this property.

All extra beds are subject to availability.

No age restriction

There is no age requirement for check-in


Pets are not allowed.

Mastercard Visa Cash Somkhanda Game Reserve accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.

The fine print

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), please ensure that you are only booking this property following the local government guidelines of the destination, including but not limited to the purpose of travel, and maximum allowed group size.

In accordance with government guidelines to minimise transmission of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), this property currently isn't accepting guests from certain countries, during dates where such guidelines exist.

In accordance with government guidelines to minimise transmission of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), this property may request additional documentation from guests to validate identity, travel itinerary and other relevant information, during dates where such guidelines exist.

In response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), additional safety and sanitation measures are in effect at this property.

Food & beverage services at this property may be limited or unavailable due to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), this property is taking steps to help protect the safety of guests and staff. Certain services and amenities may be reduced or unavailable as a result.

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), this property has reduced reception and service operating hours.

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), this property adheres to strict physical distancing measures.

Please inform Somkhanda Game Reserve in advance of your expected arrival time. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly with the contact details provided in your confirmation.

Guests are required to show a photo identification and credit card upon check-in. Please note that all Special Requests are subject to availability and additional charges may apply.

Dear Visitor, this region is currently experiencing drought conditions. Please be aware that certain properties are subject to comply with local water usage restrictions.

FAQs about Somkhanda Game Reserve

  • Yes, this hotel has a pool. Find out the details about the pool and other facilities on this page.

  • Yes, Somkhanda Game Reserve is popular with guests booking family stays.

  • Somkhanda Game Reserve is 16.2 miles from the centre of Pongola. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

  • Room options at Somkhanda Game Reserve include:

    • Chalet
    • Family
    • Tent

  • Check-in at Somkhanda Game Reserve is from 14:00, and check-out is until 11:00.

  • Somkhanda Game Reserve has 1 restaurant:

    • Kukhuleko

  • Somkhanda Game Reserve offers the following activities / services (charges may apply):

    • Walking tours
    • Swimming Pool
    • Tour or class about local culture
    • Game drives

  • The prices at Somkhanda Game Reserve may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates you select, hotel's policy etc.). See the prices by entering your dates.