The Pongolapoort Dam was primarily intended to serve as a holding reservoir for the water needed for the irrigation of the crops grown in the narrow gorge in the Lebombo Mountain Range in Northern Zululand. Soon Lake Jozini became a popular destination for South Africaís fishing fraternity and its Tiger Fishing Tournament every October draws anglers from around the world and now the Lake is a holding reservoir for the last Tigerfish. Although widespread in certain areas like the Pongola River, Tigerfish are declining in most rivers due to pollution, water extraction and obstructions like dams that prevent their passage up or downstream to suitable spawning sites along flooded river banks and lake shores.
Lake Joziniís dam wall is 89 metres high and 515 metres long. Crocodiles and hippos live in these waters and you can stay near the waters too with accommodation varying from houseboats to lodges to private game reserves. Shayamanzi Houseboat is an 80ft, double pontoon, luxurious houseboat that cruises at 8 knots and is the only houseboat in South Africa of its kind. Shayamanzi passengers enjoy different anchorages each evening with deckhands providing excellent service while floating along the river. Lake Jozini Private Game Reserve boasts the Esikhotheni Bush Camp that consists of a large elevated deck situated on the Mpeti Stream and there are also six luxury private chalets that exude luxury for those who would prefer not to camp. Lake Jozini combines the best beach holiday with natural beauty of a game reserve in fresh water.