I recently spent two nights at the 3-Star Guest House Pongola and my experience was nothing short of amazing. The outstanding service that I got there left a lasting impression on me.
The town of Pongola is located near the Lebombo Mountains in the northern Kwa-Zulu Natal and is situated just to the south of the Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) border.
Pongola is a popular spot for tourists thanks to the numerous game lodges and reserves that our found nearby. The Pongolapoort Dam is the only dam in South Africa where you can catch African Tigerfish.
The town is also popular with businessmen needing a comfortable place to spend the night.
We were met at reception by the on-site manager, Michelle, who ushered us to our room. I knew that a quality stay was awaiting me as I previously stayed at their sister establishment, the Salt Rock Manor.
I immediately noticed that Michelle takes genuine care of her visitors and we were affectionately referred to as her ‘darlings’.
She takes the time to get to know her long-term visitors and it was evident that friendships had been built over time with her other guests. My friend and I certainly enjoyed our time with both Michelle and the other guests.
During our final night, Michelle told us that we would be enjoying a braai for supper. I was excited as I hadn’t been able to enjoy one during my trip. This fellowship was one of the highlights of my stay.
Guest House Pongola is the ideal retreat for those, who travelling between towns or for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.
Accommodation at Guest House Pongola
Guest House Pongola has a selection of twelve comfortable rooms, with seven in the house and five outside. This establishment has a variety of family, twin and queen-sized bed rooms.
The rooms at this establishment are semi self-catering and contain many of the basic essentials one would need during a stay.
The rustic charm of the guest house is matched by the elegance of the garden area. This garden is lined with tall palm trees and one gets the feel of enjoying a tropical stay. The team evidently takes a lot of effort in the maintenance of the plants and garden area.
In addition, the outdoor patio area is beautifully-styled and again maintains a certain class, which is found throughout the establishment. Each room is air-conditioned and is definitely a necessity as the town can get very hot during the summer months.
There is a flat-screen DStv in all rooms as well as complimentary tea and coffee. All rooms have their own bathrooms and various options of showers/baths are available. Wi-Fi is accessible throughout the property.
Guests are often seen either enjoying views of the garden or even getting some work done on the ornate chairs.
Children are also welcome!
Facilities and Bed and Breakfast at Guest House Pongola
The fact that breakfasts can be arranged by prior arrangement is ideal. Michelle prepares wholesome meals which I thoroughly enjoyed. A selection of yoghurt and cereal is accompanied by the more traditional English and Continental Breakfasts that are served.
The large outdoor swimming pool was the first thing I noticed upon stepping outside. The greenery of both the plants combined with the picturesque pool makes for a great place to sit back and enjoy a picnic with family and friends.
There is also lots of secure parking for cars and boats.
Reviews from previous Guest House Pongola guests
“Only stayed for one night, but would have stayed for a month. Beautiful location spotlessly clean and very reasonably priced. The pool was really the reason I went to this particular b+b and again I wasn’t disappointed,” shared 844timothyj on their TripAdvisor page.
Jonathan wrote, “One of the best, cleanest and most comfortable guest houses I’ve had the privilege of staying in. 5 star breakfast, again one of the best I’ve had at any guest house. Thank you.”
Crishendar wrote this on their Booking.com page, “Everything. Location is perfect, the room we stayed in was perfect (with a private patio with a view of the garden) and the staff is truly amazing.”
Guest House Pongola is located on 123 Dr Jansen Street, Pongola. For bookings, call 034 413 2299 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you can do your bookings online HERE. Here is their location on Google Maps. Also follow them on Facebook HERE.