101 Roetegids | 2010 Tugam Safari Network Tugam 4x4 Safaris is op die hange van die Magudu-heuwels naby die Swazilandse grens geleë. Dis omring deur reservate – die Itala-natuurreservaat is wes daarvan geleë, die Pongolapoort-biosfeerreservaat en Mkuze-wildreservaat oos en die Ntendeka-wildernisgebied suidwes – en die omgewing is dus onverbeterlike grootwildterrein. Die Tugam Safari Network bestaan uit vier roetes wat kruis en dwars oor ’n reservaat van 900 ha loop. Elke roete is sowat 18 km en dit duur nagenoeg twee uur om te ry. Die eerste, die Breakfast Plains-roete, is ’n ideale oggend¬rit. Dit loop af na die vlaktes waar die diere oornag saamdrom, en is die perfekte plek vir ’n koppie koffie. En so, terwyl die son opkom, kom die diere ook aan die gang, en jy sal rooibokke, kameelperde, njalas, renosters, koedoes, sebras, wildebeeste, rooihartbeeste en bosbokke kan sien. Die Waterhole Watch is die tweede roete, en jy kan dit in die middag aanpak. Jy sal teen die steil War¬thog Den-pas afry, dan die Magudu-heuwels oorsteek en by ’n dam op pad na die vlaktes verbyry, waar jy die sonsondergang kan dophou. Die derde roete, die River View-roete, is soortgelyk aan die eerste een, maar in plaas daarvan dat jy na die vlaktes ry, volg jy die rivierloop. En die vierde roete, wat waarskynlik die beste en uitdagendste van die vier is, is die Tugam Sundowner-roete. Dit neem jou hoog op in die berge, oor rotsblokke, klipperige steiltes en teen ’n paar baie steil opdraandes na Lookout Point. Dis die ideale plek vir skemerkelkies; skakel dus jou enjin af, strek jou uit en asem die bosveldlug in. Besoekers kan ook op die plaas stap en die wild van nader dophou. Wat jy moet weet Blyplek: Daar is twee lodges: Khangela is hoog op die berg geleë met ’n onoortreflike uitsig. Daar is slaapplek vir 20 en dis ten volle toegerus. Matumi bestaan uit drie rietdakchalets met twee beddens. Dis ten volle toegerus, het ’n rietdaklapa en oop braaigeriewe. Daar is ’n restaurant by die hooflodge en gemeenskaplike braaigeriewe by elke blyplek. Jy kan by die basiese Tambotie Safari Camp kampeer. Daar is emmerstorte, omgewingsvriendelike toilette en ’n bosopwasplek; kom dus voorberei. Hoogstens vier voertuie of 16 mense kan hier oornag. Wat nog? Wild- en voëls kyk, voetslaan en vierwielmotorfietsry. Kontak: Cobie Botha 034 413 1405; 082 990 9807; ; Naaste dorp: Pongola (25 km) Beste tyd om te gaan: Heeljaar Roeteafstand: Vier roetes van altesaam 75 km Hoe lank gaan ek ry? 2-3 uur elk
Full Review | TOP TEN 2006 Nearest town Pongola (25 km) Contact Cobie Botha Tel/fax 034 4131405 Cell 082 990 9807 Email tugam@pga.drea.co.za Best time of year All year round Maximum vehicles 10 Route distance Four trails totaling 80 km GPS Points  S27 34 03.0 E31 40 27.7 Tugam 4x4 Safaris is situated on the slopes of the Magudu mountains, close to the Swaziland border. Surrounded by game reserves, one might expect Tugam to be a much of a muchness, but then you would be disappointed. Tugam is a breathtakingly beautiful place, that is well worth its status as a Top 10. Furthermore, it’s an off-roader’s paradise. One can easily spend a weekend or more exploring the myriad of trails that criss-cross the reserve. Essentially though, there are four main trails, each approximately 18km long. To their credit, each route was designed by Ecotourism Afrika, and you will have to make your choice according to your mood and driving ability, because scenically they are all superb. Each trail winds through the Zululand bush teeming with 20 species of game, such as nyala, giraffe, kudu, blue wildebeest and zebra. The first trail is the Breakfast Plains trail. Needless to say, this is the perfect trail to do before breakfast. It leads you down into the plains where the animals congregate during the night. This is the perfect spot to sip your morning coffee, while quietly watching the animals rise around you. Trail two is the Waterhole Watch. This is the one to do in the afternoon. The trail takes you down the Warthog Den Pass, which is quite steep, so you will need to be a bit more careful. From there, you cross over the Mugudu Mountains and a dam wall, before heading towards the plains. Spectacular sunsets are guaranteed! When you wake up the following morning, it is time to tackle trail three: the River View Trail. This is similar to the Breakfast Plains trail, except that instead of heading out onto the plains, you follow the river. The fourth trail is probably the best and more challenging of the four. The Tugam Sundowner Trail takes you high up into the mountains, through rocky inclines and relatively steep ascents. At the very top, as a reward for your troubles, is lookout point. It’s the perfect spot for sundowners, so shut off the engine, stretch you legs and breathe in the bushveld air.After an excellent day’s off-roading, it’s time to relax.Tugam offers two excellent accommodation options. The Khangela Lodge is perched high on the mountain, boasting magnificent views across the Zululand bush and the Lebombo Mountains as a backdrop. Khangela’s elevated position on the mountain slopes and its luxury features can’t be beat. We highly recommend at least one night here. Just imagine the sunsets at Tugam when viewed from the bubbling warmth of a Jacuzzi. Then there’s Matumi Bush Camp. It offers three two-bed thatched chalets, fully equipped with thatched lapa and open braai facilities. Set under a thick canopy of tree, it boasts prolific birdlife and excellent game-viewing opportunities. Although a completely different type of stay than Khangela, it is excellent none the less. For the safari enthusiasts among you, Tugam offers what they call Tambotie Safari Camp. The basic necessities (bucket showers, enviro loos and a bush scullery) are in place to compliment the bush enviroment and you can either pitch surface or roof tents. The camp can accommodate a maximum of four vehicles or 16 people. WHY GO THERE?
  • Plenty of game
  • Four different trails to keep you busy
  • Great accommodation
WHERE TO STAY
  • There are two fully-equipped lodges which are serviced daily and offer very comfortable chalets. A restaurant is available at the main lodge and there are communal braais at each lodge.
  • The campsite is grassed but campers need to be self-sufficient. There is a bucket shower and a long-drop toilet.
WHAT ELSE? Game- viewing and bird-watching will keep you busy for hours, but the area is also great to simply explore with lovely areas to discover. You can also go hiking or ride a quad bike.
Full Review | DO10 APRIL 2005-JUNE 2005 Tugam 4x4 Safaris is situated on the slopes of the Magudu mountains, serenely secluded, amongst an abundance of trees and bushveld. We couldn't wait to start writing about this most breathtakingly beautiful place Situated about halfway between Johannesburg and Durban, Tugam is less than an hour away from Swaziland. You can expect a very warm welcome from the manager, Anthony, and his wife Christa. As the sun rises, so does 900 hectares of boundary-to-boundary healthy looking wildlife There are two magnificent lodges: Khangela Lodge and Matumi Lodge. Khangela Lodge sleeps 20 people and is fully equipped. You can have meals prepared for you on request, or bring your own food. We suggest that you have your meals prepared for you because they are delicious, and you definitely will not go hungry. The view from the Lapa area is breathtaking. One could sit there all day and just get lost in the moment. There is also a Jacuzzi to relax in. Matumi is a fully equipped self-catering lodge with three stunning chalets surrounded by bushveld. The lapa and eating area is magnificent. For the real 4x4 campers, there is a rustic campsite called Tambotie. Campers need to be totally self-sufficient and well equipped. It's situated next to Tambotie Dam with lots of shade and can accommodate up to 16 people.