The Pongola Express Camp - Waterval Boven, Highlands Meander

Waterval Boven Accommodation
Waterval Boven, Highlands Meander

The Pongola Express Camp

Waterval Boven, Highlands Meander - Accommodation

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The Pongola Express Camp in Waterval Boven

These historic 1934 SAR carriages were brought to this location in the 60’s as a weekend retreat. They have been renovated and now form the hub for the Num-Num five-day trail, as well as other two, three, and four-day hiking trails on the estate.

We offer seven compartments, sleeping one to four people per compartment, providing a total of 20 berths. With a kitchen, bar, braai, and shop, this is the ideal start or end to any hike. Hikers should bring their own sleeping bags, pillows and towels.

Facilities & Activities nearby:

Facilities available at The Pongola Express Camp,Waterval Boven, Highlands Meander

  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Hiking
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • No Credit Card Facilities
  • Pet Friendly
  • Recently Added
Activities Nearby
  • 4 X 4 Trails
  • Bicycle Touring
  • Big 5
  • Bird Watching
  • Camping
  • Climbing - Sport
  • Climbing - Traditional
  • Fishing
  • Fishing - Fly
  • Fishing - Freshwater
  • Horse Riding
  • Quad Biking
  • Trekking
  • Trout Fishing
  • Walking
  • Waterhole

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GPS Co-Ordinates: 30° 22' 24.9" E / 25° 47' 47.9" S

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Driving to The Pongola Express Camp in Waterval Boven, Highlands Meander

Departing: O.R. Tambo International Airport
Address: O.R. Tambo International Airport, O R Tambo Airport Rd, Johannesburg, 1627, South Africa
Distance: 19.6 km / Duration: 2 hours 22 mins
1.Head northwest0.5 km
2.Keep left at the fork to continue on Exit 46, follow signs for R21 N/City Center/Kempton Park/Pretoria and merge onto R21
Partial toll road
2.8 km
3.Take exit 43 for Voortrekker Road toward Kempton Park/M960.5 km
4.Turn right onto Voortrekker Rd83 m
5.Turn right at the 1st cross street25 m
6.Merge onto R21 via the ramp to R24/Johannesburg/O R Tambo International Airport
Toll road
7.2 km
7.At the interchange 429A-Rietfontein, keep left and follow signs for N12 toward Witbank
Partial toll road
113 km
8.Merge onto N4
Toll road
110 km
9.Turn right1.0 km
10.Continue onto Generaal St0.2 km
11.Turn left onto Potgieter St1.5 km
12.Continue onto R54119.6 km

Nearest Airport & Flights

O.R. Tambo International Airport - Johannesburg

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OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg is the busiest airport in South Africa and Africa, with about 17 million passengers coming through every year. Johannesburg International as it was known previously, was renamed in 2006 to honour the memory of Oliver Reginald Tambo, contributor to the liberation of South Africa.

OR Tambo International Airport is 20-minutes away from the eastern suburbs of Johannesburg and 45 minutes from Sandton unless you take the gautrain which takes only 15 minutes to get to Sandton.

Reviews for The Pongola Express Camp

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Honest , helpful and down to earth blokes best hiking trip we've been on .

review by Alex Terry

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Beautiful area. Trail is tough as nails. Not for the Novice.

review by Amanda Lotheringen

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We have just hiked this fabulous outstanding July..The trail was very well marked..the terrain was spectacular..our accommodation excellent with breath taking views..thank you..We were a group of not particularly fit 60+ the going was slow..but manageable...what an experience!Life changing for all of us ..Well done Num Num !!! we will be back

review by Antoinette De Klerk

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So much fun! Amazing scenery

review by Lila van der Merwe

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Most enjoyable hike for five days. Good sleeping quarters warm showers and good soft mattresses at all the camping sites. Day three could be marked more often on the trail, otherwise all trail markings were well marked. Good company. Slack packing great.

review by Colleen Hartslief

"Rudimentary comfort"

We stayed one night in the Pongola Express Camp. We arrived in the evening and nobody was there to greet us even though we warned in advance about the late hour of our arrival. The isolation is bad. The carriages are quite cold on winter. The comfort is rudimentary. However the style is unique.

review by Antoine Dillée, South Africa

"Awesome accommodation"

We had such a fantasic time on our one night stay at the Pongola express camp. The rustic feel of sleeping in the carriages is one to experience. It gives you an Old World feel, yet with modern benefits. Our host, Donna, was incredibly friendly and hospitable. We will be back!

review by Paul Smith, South Africa

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