Discover iconic wildlife and excellent tiger fishing at this private boutique lodge in the historic Pongola Game Reserve
(South Africa, 1 November 2022): In an area of unspoiled beauty on the banks of JoziniDam lies Tandweni Villa, offering unique African bushveld accommodation that iscaptivating local and international guests. Set within the renowned Pongola Game Reserve,the exclusive-use villa blends style and comfort, with spectacular wildlife and bird sightings,and top-class tiger fishing.
An accessible three-hour drive from Durban’s King Shaka International Airport, or a six-hour drive from Johannesburg, Tandweni Villa is the perfect destination to reconnect with loved ones or celebrate an intimate occasion with a group of family and friends.
Available on a fully-catered or self-catering basis, a dedicated housekeeping team and knowledgeable guides will ensure impeccable service and hospitality during your stay, together with memorable safari and fishing experiences for the whole family.
Wake up to panoramic views over Jozini Dam and the Lebombo Mountains beyond from one of five beautifully appointed air-conditioned bedrooms, each with its own distinct style and character.
Seamless open-plan living spaces merge a contemporary aesthetic with an authentic African feel. Unwind beneath the glamorous outdoor pergola, settle down with a favourite book in the sun lounge, escape to the private bird hide or cool off in the sparkling swimming pool – all with breathtaking views of the African bushveld.
A fully-equipped kitchen with stainless steel appliances, polished island and bar seating lends itself to the preparation of long, leisurely alfresco meals. Work up an appetite in the fully-equipped gym or enjoy a family cricket match or boule challenge on the manicured lawn.
Once the sun has set, spend precious evenings around a bonfire in the outdoor boma. Overlooking a watering hole that’s lit at night, it’s the perfect place to view nocturnal animalsunder an African sky.
Beyond the villa, experienced guides get you up close to the finest bush experiences, from game drives and night drives on an open safari vehicle, to guided bush walks and sundowners at our famous lookout point.
A boat cruise is a staple of any Tandweni itinerary. Spotting birds and wildlife on the river banks from the boat is an unforgettable experience, especially when the elephants come down to the water’s edge or you sight the elusive aardvark or grey go-away-bird calling from the acacia tree.
The jewel in Tandweni Villa’s crown is its abundant tiger fishing, offering half- and full-day fishing excursions on a catch and release basis. The guide Jabulani has over 20 years’ experience fishing on Jozini Dam and knows all the prime spots to cast off. Summer is the best season to catch these large game fish; though there are small tigers to be caught year round. The current record stands at 8.3kg – could you beat this?
Another highlight for guests is the signature bush breakfast. Enjoy a delicious cooked brekkie on the banks of Jozini Dam, while the hippos wallow in the shallows and the fish eagle calls from above.
Tandweni Villa’s youngest guests will enjoy an extra special safari adventure, with activities aimed at inspiring a lifelong love of the bush. Junior rangers will enjoy mini guided bush walks, barbel fishing using earthworms as magic bait, mini game drives on the airfield, scavenger hunts and star gazing. A giant slip and slide on the lawn is an added bonus!
Contact Tandweni Villa to book your stay and experience the spirit of Tandweni. Enquire about special rates, including midweek deals, tiger fishing packages, culinary safaris and a girls getaway.
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