Water, Elephants and Potjiekos

April 2016
Things are moving and shaking at Royal Jozini Big 6 Private Estate !

WATER – LAKE JOZINI – still moving down

Although water levels are still very low in the lake (45.9% full at time of writing) there has been local rainfall and the bush is green and thriving.
The summer of 2015/16 saw boat launching on the Swaziland side a challenge BUT we have great news in that we have a launch site into a relatively deep channel, where there is a slipway and where the jetty is now moored. Launching is once again a pleasure.

Deep channel launch March 2016

However, please watch out for the resident hippos and crocs.

Fishing has been fantastic but as water is still not clear, bait is necessary and chicken livers are currently the flavour of the day. (Catch and release please)

ELEPHANTS – shaking the bush

ellie charge March 2016

With the water levels low, a herd of approximately 50 elephant have crossed the Pongola River and into Royal Jozini. (We are a trans-frontier park with Pongola Game Reserve.) The low water has also enabled them to stroll into the Nature Reserve so it is intended that the fence be removed so that they can freely walk from south to north and east to west throughout the entire reserve. It is therefore no longer safe to take walks or bike rides! Please give the ellies plenty of space, stay in your vehicle and be vigilant at all times. These giants of the bush move REALLY quietly! See more about elephants here.

elephants 2 March 2016

POTJIEKOS – be the chef that shakes the palette, moves the earth, wins the competition!


We thought it would be great fun to hold a Royal Jozini POTJIEKOS COMPETITION! This will be held over the June long weekend, on Saturday June 18th, 2016. There will be a souvenir chef’s apron for every entrant plus great prizes to be won – and judging will cover flavour, presentation and theme.

Also specials on accommodation over this long weekend. So get out your best recipes and plan to escape the cold!
Email me for more information on accommodation and the entry form.