Zeekoepan Private Game Reserve

Breathtaking Wildlife

Exclusive Game Drives

Luxurious Accommodation


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‖Zeekoepan, noun

Origin: Dutch

Meaning: Hippo pool.

The Reserve has been Family Owned since 1887. Old Dutch still played a huge roll in the Afrikaans Language. Named after the Abundance of Hippo in the Mkuze River, meandering through the Reserve

Three white rhinoceros in South African bushveld

About Us

We offer unique, self-catering accommodation within the luxury of Zeekoepan Private Game Reserve, home to an abundance of wildlife. Our exclusive game drives, promises the opportunity to experience the untamed wildlife of Africa. Ndlovukazi River Lodge and Chalets nestle in the shade of indigenous trees overlooking the banks of the Mkuze River. Zeekoepan Private Game Reserve is situated near Pongola, in the heart of beautiful Kwa-Zulu Natal, just about where the Elephant Coast meets Zululand.

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'Africa -

Who can capture your beauty in words?'

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on Zeekoepan

Exclusive photographic Safari

Allow us to show you our little piece of Africa. Our exclusive photographic safari will leave you amazed at what Africa has to offer.

Ingwenya Bush breakfast safari

Set out on an early morning safari and arrive to a Bush Breakfast. When was the last time you sat at a breakfast table watching the animals come down for a drink?

mvubu Sundowner safari

As the African sun sets on the horizon, end your safari while sipping on a sundowner. Don’t just see the African sunset, experience it...

Zeekoepan BUsh dinner

Have you ever had dinner underneath the Southern Cross? With nothing but the African skies overhead, sit down to a Zeekoepan Bush Dinner. Listen to the critters awakening as night falls.

Brown Hyena with Carcass

Ingwe Night safari

Embark on a journey into the wild and into the darkness of nightfall. This is the time the nocturnal creatures awake and predators turn into even more dangerous and devoted hunters.

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Explore Zeekoepan walking safari

For the fitter and braver, we would love to show you the reserve on foot. Learn the ways of the Dung beetle, walk on the tracks of a cheetah. Wildlife untamed!


Zululand is a bird lover’s paradise! The variety of regions and vegetation, makes Zeekoepan one of the best bird watching destinations in the country with over 350 different species to showcase.

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Rhino walk and stalk

Walking in the footsteps of these magnificent creatures is a humbling experience. Seeing these gentle giants up close, will bring you to loving Africa even more.

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Romantic Drive for two

Lose your heart on this romantic drive. Safari booked just for two. End your drive with a private and romantic sundowner setting, giving you the opportunity to fall wildly in love with nature and each other.

Catching up with khala

Saved from a wild fire and hand raised on Zeekoepan, Khala grew up to be a stealthy and beautiful cheetah. She is now free roaming but visits at home often. Walk beside this magnificent animal, get acquainted with her elegancy and capture the memory forever.

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On Game Drive

  • One Game Drive is included in each night of your non-business travel booking.
  • Please note that no private vehicles are allowed to drive on the reserve.
  • Duration of the Activity is roughly 3 hours.
  • Unlike most reserves, we welcome children on drive.
  • Feel free to pack your own Cooler box and snacks for the drives.
  • In case of bad weather, please bring your own raincoats and blankets.
  • As we are dealing with wild animals, please adhere to all safety rules, while on drive
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African sunset

Unwind, Breathe in the unspoilt African air.

Let us spoil you with True African Cuisine.

One sip of the water here, and you will always long to return.

This is where you will be spending your African Safari.

Zeekoepan River Lodge and Chalets

Zeekoepan River Lodge and Chalets rest on the banks of the meandering Mkuze River, that runs like a vein through our Private Game Reserve, giving life to the abundance of wildlife.

The main lodge is cloaked by an old White Stink Wood tree that brings about a calm atmosphere. This 3 bedroom lodge is ideal for families and friends looking to spend some quality time together.

Our stand alone river Chalets, offers a private and luxurious escape to peace and tranquility. Chalet 1 and 2 sleeps 2 persons, while chalet 3, with loft room, can host 4 persons. Sleeper couches available for children in all chalets.

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Zeekoepan River Lodge

  • Main Bedroom - Double bed with 2 sleeper couches for children.
  • 2 Bedrooms with 4 single beds
  • Loft room with 2 single beds
  • Airconditioned
  • Fully equipped Kitchen
  • Open plan Lounge/Dinner/Bar area.
  • Private patio braai and splash pool overlooking the river


Check in Time; 14h00 - 20h00

Entrance Gate will be locked at night.

Check Out Time: Before 10h00. Please advise if you need to depart before 6h00.


Cleaning Staff will be available between 7h00 - 10h00 every morning.

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'Perfect for the Family Safari'

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Zeekoepan River Chalets

  • Private, airconditioned, independent units with self-catering facilities and complementary wi-fi.
  • Chalets 1 and 2 are one bedroom units. Chalet 3 has a main bedroom, as well as a loft room with two single beds.
  • Each chalet has a lounge area with open plan kitchenette.
  • Private patio and braai area, Firewood supplied.
  • All accommodation shares a communal swimming pool, deck chairs and picnic tables on a large terrace.


Check in Time; 14h00 - 20h00

Entrance Gate will be locked at night.

Check Out Time: Before 10h00. Please advise if you need to depart before 6h00.


Cleaning Staff will be available between 7h00 - 10h00 every morning.

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Rates and Specials









Singles Rate

Singles Rate

Business Travel

per person sharing. Including 1 game drive per night.

Min 6 Pax. Including 1 game drive per Night.

12-17 years. Including 1 game drive per Night.

6-11 years. Including 1 game drive per Night.

3-5 years. Including 1 game drive per Night.

Under 2 years . Including 1 game drive per Night.

Chalet 1 and 2. Including 1 game drive per Night.

Chalet 3. 4 sleeper. Including 1 game drive per Night.

Weekdays only. No game drive Included













Zeekoepan Phumula Special

Ezothando Honeymoon Special

Extra Game Drives and Activities

Min 4 Pax for Day Visitors

Big5 Game Drive

Extra drives

Guided Bush Walks

Rhino Walk and Stalk

Catered Activities:

Ingwenya Bush Breakfast Safari

Mvubu Craft Gin Sundowner Safari

Zeekoepan Bush Dinner

Ingwe Sundowners and Night Safari

Explore Zeekoepan Walking Safari

Rhino Walk and Stalk

Romantic Drive for Two

Boma Braai

Romantic Room

Min 4 pax

per drive

Max 4 Pax.

Max 4 Pax

Duration 3 hours

Duration 3 hours

Duration 2 hours

Duration 3 hours

Duration 2 hours

Max 4 pax

Duration 3 hours

Fully catered

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What’s App 085061474





3 Nights Accommodation

3 Photographic Safari Drives

Wildly-In-Love Private Safari Drive

Private Ingwe Bush Dinner

An Ingwenya Bush Breakfast Safari

Boma Braai

Rhino Walk and Stalk

Catching up wih Khala

R 5500


Baby zebra

Zeekoepan Phumula Special


2 Nights stay

4 Game Drive

1 Bush Breakfast

1 Sundowner Drive

1 Boma Braai

R3100 pp sharing

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Zululand is any Bird Lover's paradise!


The variety of vegetation and regions, makes Zeekoepan one of the best places to visit, if you want to experience birdlife in abundance. With over 350 species, calling Zululand home, you will not leave disappointed.

Sharing the area with predators, raptors are plentiful. Over 10 species of eagles and multiple Vulture species have been recorded. Some of the species include, Osprey, Fish Eagle, Lappet faced Vulture, Bateleur, Martial and Tawny eagle, only to mention a few

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'birdlife incomparable'

The Lowveld supports a vast array of species, very rare in other parts of Zululand, Such species include Burchell's Starling, Bennett's Woodpecker, Purple Roller, Magpie Shrike and many more.

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Maribu stork


Situated in Northern Kwa-Zulu Natal, 40km from Pongola.

For Directions, simply click on the link below, search for us on Google Maps or contact us for a pin drop.

Your arrival will be anticipated by our Main Entrance Gate. Please let us know your estimated time of arrival

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Day trips


  • Pontoon or Boat Cruises on Jozini Dam for Game viewing or Tiger Fishing (70km)
  • Horseback Safaris and delicious cuisine with a beautiful view at Pakamisa Game Reserve (40km)
  • Ithala Nature Reserve offers beautiful scenery, game and Sunday Buffets (60km)
  • Ndumu & Thembe Elephant Park Game Reserve. Needs 4x4 vehicles. (200km)
  • Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve with wonderful waterholes (180km)
  • Ilala Weavers in Hluhluwe has beautiful curios at very good prices (150km)
  • Elephant Interaction at Bayete Zulu (150km)
  • Northern Coastal towns and Beaches like St. Lucia and Cape Vidal (200km).
  • Unspoilt beach at Sodwana Bay. One of the best deep sea fishing and scuba destinations in the world. 4x4 needed for beach driving. (200km)
  • Zeekoepan is the ideal stopover on the way to Kosi Bay and the border post to Ponta D'Oura in Mozambique as well as the Southern borders of Swaziland.
  • For the physically fitter, the hiking trails in the Ntendeka forest at Ngome, promises beautiful scenery and birdlife in this heritage site.
  • For the keen historians, the Battlefields route starts 120km away from us. Historic sights such as Prince Imperial's Grave (son of Napoleon Bonaparte), Isandwana, Rourke's Drift, and Blood River.

'...return to us'

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