Lake Jozini, also known as Pongolapoort Dam, set in a narrow gorge in the Lebombo Mountain Range in Northern Zululand was completed in 1972. Although primarily intended to serve as a holding reservoir for the water sorely needed for the irrigation of the crops grown in the region, Lake Jozini immediately became a popular destination for South Africa's fishing fraternity.
With its wide expanse of water, numerous crocodiles and hippos, its abundance of fish and aquatic birds and its Tiger Fishing Tournament every October, Lake Jozini resembles a mini-Kariba. Even the dam wall, at 89 metres high and 515 metres long is an impressive sight, further increasing the resemblance to the Zambezi fed lake in Zimbabwe.
The N2 highway passes within a few kilometres of Lake Jozini making for easy access while travellers to the Nduma Game Reserve, the Tembe Elephant Reserve and Kosi Bay all pass through Jozini on the last leg of their journeys to the wilderness.
Although a comfortable distance from these destinations, the Mkuze Game Reserve is closer still, making Lake Jozini the ideal base from which to visit any or all of these attractions and still fit in some serious fishing.