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Shayamoya Tiger Fishing & Game Lodge

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Shayamoya Tiger Fishing And Game Lodge is a truly unique lodge in northern KwaZulu-Natal. Privately owned and managed by the Blevin family who have lived in the area for many years, Shayamoya exudes a warm and friendly atmosphere.


Tiger fishing is the lodge's speciality. The lake is the only water in South Africa that is home to the combative tiger fish.
The tastefully appointed chalets are built in harmony with the environment.

Absorb the stunning view, as you sit on the wide wooden deck at Shayamoya's central lodge. Below and beyond, stretch the purple hued Lebombo Mountains, the curves of the Pongola River as it enters the Pongolapoort Lake (also known as Jozini) and the unspoilt bushveld of the Phongolo Nature Reserve and the Kingdom of Swaziland.


Shayamoya Tiger Fishing & Game Lodge at a Glance

  • 8 standard Chalets
  • Bathroom en suite
  • Private Deck
  • Thatched Roofs
  • 1 Wheelchair Friendly Chalet
  • Fly Fishing


  • There are eight standard chalets, which are appointed with stylish elegance. You can relax on your private deck and observe the curious behaviour of the scarlet-breasted sunbird.
  • Each chalet is beautifully finished with attention to detail, such as the custom made basins and brass taps in the bathrooms.
  • The thatched chalets are built of local wood and stone and blend deliciously into their wild surrounding.
  • Well-manicured pathways link the chalets with the central lodge.
  • Shayamoya has one chalet that is wheelchair friendly with ramps as access.


The Pongola Nature Reserve incorporates contrasting eco-systems, an abundance of wildlife and extraordinary bird watching.

Tiger Fishing:
The Pongolapoort Lake (also known as Jozini) is situated in northeastern KwaZulu-Natal, bordering southern Swaziland. These waters are the only home to the tiger fish in South Africa.

The lake is the southern most extremity of the infamous Tiger fish population (Hyrocynus Vittatus) due to our hot summer temperatures and moderate winter climate. 

Shayamoya is fully equipped with two 16ft ski boats, and a fly-fishing boat hired out at R900 per full day taking out lunch packs or R600 per half day returning to the lodge for brunch.

This includes one of our talented and enthusiastic guides who skippers the boat and shows you the know-how and fishing hot spots on the Pongolapoort Lake.

Fly fishing: 
The aim of these trips are to equip fly-fishers with skills and knowledge required to successfully catch Tiger fish on fly. Professional guides Wayne Sinclair and Francois Botha from SAGF have over 40 years of tiger fishing experience between them and Francois has a REFFIS SA accreditation.

Game drives: 
An open landcruiser comfortably seating 10 people is used for these events. The morning game drive departs between 6am and 7am seasonally. The afternoon game drive departs between 3pm and 4pm. The drives are three hours of fantastic bush experience where our rangers enlighten you on all aspects of nature including the history of the area. 

Game drives take place on the Pongola Nature Reserve and the neighbouring national reserve, the first reserve to be proclaimed in Africa by Paul Kruger in 1894.

The reserve has an excellent population of wildlife - white rhino, wildebeest, zebra, warthog, giraffe, nyala, kudu, impala, waterbuck, tsetsebe antelope, steenbuck, mountain reedbuck, common reedbuck, red duiker, grey duiker, suni antelope, black backed jackal, wild dog, cerval cat, bushpig, banded mongoose, legavaan, terrapin, hippo, crocodile, leopard.

Boat cruises:
The boat cruise takes place up the Pongola River and into the lake. The boat is flat bottomed with 12 seats and has a canvas cover overhead. The boat cruise is wonderful for bird watching (especially the huge variety of waterbirds), sighting hippo, crocodile and game at the water's edge. The morning cruise departs at 7am and returns at 10.00am. The sundowner cruise is particularly popular and departs at around 3pm and returns at 6pm.

Rhino tracking:
Many guests enjoy stretching their legs where they encounter animals and especially the 'prehistoric looking' rhino on foot. The trails are not strenuous and therefore enjoyable for all fitness levels. Guests are welcome to take an unguided walk on our property - The Idube Trail and for the fitter person, The Honeyguide Trail.

The area is an extremely rich and rewarding birding destination, boasting around 400 species of birds. Shayamoya has a wide variety of exciting birding habitats on offer, most of which is typical Zululand thornveld.

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