The small town of Jozini stands humbly next to a colossal dam surrounded by the kind of pristine wilderness one would expect at Lake Kariba or the Zambezi, but situated in the slightly less-wild lands of north-eastern Kwazulu Natal. Beneath the protective shadow of the Lebombo Mountains, the dam – known as Lake Jozini – and town act as a dramatic gateway to the Maputaland region.
Vast tracts of farmland surrounding the dam have been converted into a wildlife mecca, where buffalo, giraffe, wildebeest, cheetah, wild dog, and even the magnificent elephant roam freely. Sail the quiet waters of the dam and observe the wildlife wandering along the reed-lined banks; home to over 350 species of birds. The dam is also a popular tiger fishing destination and anglers flock to the shores to participate in this thrilling pastime.
The town itself is very small, so most people choose to stay in the lodges and chalets scattered around the dam. The 16,000ha dam is fed by the waters of the Pongola River, the principal river of Mapatuland alongside which sugar cane, coffee, and sub-tropical fruit grow. Jozini is also in proximity to popular places such as Sodwana and the Mkuze Game Reserve.
- Jozini and Lake Jozini act as the gateway to the Maputaland region
- The dam is surrounded by pristine wilderness through which buffalo, giraffe, wildebeest, cheetah, wild dog, and even the magnificent elephant roam
- Observe the wildlife and over 350 species of bird from a boat on the waters of the dam
- The dam is a popular tiger fishing destination
- Lodges and chalets are scattered around the banks of the dam
- In proximity to Sodwana and the Mkuze Game Reserve