Due to the mindset of Professional Hunter and Estate Manager, Ben Barnard Jr, the reserve is one of those rare places where conservationists and ethical hunters can speak the same language. Pondwane Hunting Safaris was born out of the original farm and Estate nestled deep in the South African bushveld of Northern Zululand.

Ben, together with his wife Chantel, have been burning the candle at both ends to develop this beautiful farm into a reserve where over 20 species, including red duiker, red hartebeest, giraffe, white rhino, cape buffalo, hippo and bushbuck thrive.

The dedication and passion of the management team at Pondwane has not only made this reserve sustainable but it also makes visitors feel very special. Not only are guests treated like VIP’s but a full back-up, including advisors, trackers, skinners, vehicles, cold rooms etcetera is provided.  The facilities, likewise, live up to all expectations.

The guesthouse, which has electricity, sleeps 8 in 4 rooms. The verandah which adjoins the lapha and braai (barbeque) area has a magnificent view over the Mkuze river snaking through the hills. In the evenings, after a hard but satisfying day in the bush, there is nothing to beat the sounds of a crackling campfire with the soft murmur of the Mkuze river interspersed by the calls of jackal and other nocturnal beings in the background.

All other amenities are modern and up-to-date ensuring a comfortable and relaxing stay. Despite the reserve’s seclusion it is serviced by excellent tarred roads and visitors only have to negotiate approximately 20km of well maintained gravel road to access it.

Situated in the scenically attractive district of Louwsburg, near Ntshondwe (Ithala) Game Reserve the estate offers a unique combination of KwaZulu-Natal highveld and bushveld and is a Malaria free area.

The best routes are via Vryheid or Pongola. Both are large, progressive towns where medical as well as other modern amenities are available. Don’t wait – allow yourself to be charmed by this enchanted paradise!

Pondwane Estates

Enjoy a true hunting experience while trekking through pristine bushveld in the heart of Zululand.

Hunting Safaris

Pondwane Hunting Safaris offers trophy - and bow hunting ,wing shooting and is accredited with the KZN Hunters and Game Conservation Association.


Arrangements can be made for guests to be collected at OR Tambo International Airport or at King Shaka International Airport.