The Pakamisa Private Game Reserve is located in the magnificent mountain landscape of the northern KwaZulu-Natal, more precisely in the northern part of the Drakensberg.
Perfectly situated on a high plateau, the lodge offers a fantastic panoramic view of the lush Pongola River valley. The hotel earned its name Pakamisa (“to lift up”) not only because of its unique location but also because of the uplifting level of luxury, comfort and security.
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16 guests are accommodated in eight spacious suites, each individually decorated in honour of an African animal.
The main building houses a library stocking some excellent reads that delight readers in a variety of languages, the cosy Hunter’s Bar and a spacious terrace.
The large rock pool with a sundeck and pool bar is an oasis for sweet relaxation and low-key entertainment. Enjoy excellent European cuisine in the stylish yet comfortable atmosphere of the El Prado restaurant.
Apart from romantic flair, the Pakamisa offers some first-class safari adventures: experienced rangers take guests on a tour of the private game reserve in the open safari jeeps, providing fascinating natural history information along the way.
Horse-back safaris are a charming way to discover the wilderness – even for children and inexperienced riders. Relish the slow pace and intense experience of the African bush, firmly seated on the back of an elegant Arabian horse.
Horse enthusiasts will delight in the Arabian thoroughbred stables “Pakamisa Arabian Stud”. Those who put more faith into a pair of sturdy hiking boots may set out to discover the fascinating African nature on foot, accompanied by a game ranger upon request.
The Pakamisa Private Game Reserve rangers have an intriguing knack for finding the best places for wildlife sightings and also know a selection of romantic picnic spots.
The luxury hotel offers amazing adventures: Big Five photo-safaris, clay pigeon shooting or a boat trip on the Jozini Dam. Complete a perfect, unforgettable day with a couple of sundowners served on the lodge’s main terrace at sunset.
The finishing touch to a perfect adventure-day is a romantic dinner round the crackling campfire under the brilliant, star-lit African night sky. Those wishing to count the stars may participate in a night safari to a nearby peak in the Pakamisa Mountains.
The hotel owner and horse breeder Isabella von Stepski and her team take perfect care of their guests around the clock, organising an individual holiday programme according to your special wishes.
Isabella von Stepski traces her ancestry back to an old Austrian aristocratic family. She personally planned, built and designed Pakamisa and it is her ambition to make everyone perfectly comfortable.
A native German speaker, she also speaks fluent English, Spanish, Portuguese and French as well as some basic Italian, letting guests from all continents feel at home in Pakamisa.
The philosophy of Pakamisa is to provide more than board and lodging. The team offers around-the-clock service and is always happy to organise custom-made holidays to suit your individual preferences.
Whether you choose a horseback safari with a delightful champagne picnic or a Big Five Photo-Safari at the nearby national park – the hotel team strives to fulfil your holiday dreams. The guest comes first at Pakamisa.
Furthermore, the Pakamisa Game Reserve is malaria free and no preventive medication is necessary. Located in the subtropics, the climate is similar to that of the Mediterranean countries.
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