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Ithala Game Reserve

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Ithala Game Reserve

Ithala Game Reserve is a magnificent reserve, tumbling from the heights of the Ngotshe Mountains a thousand meters down into a deep valley, carved over the eons by the Phongolo River revealing the world`s oldest rock formations, is a game viewers paradise.

Situated in the rugged, mountainous thornveld of northern KwaZulu-Natal, Ithala Game Reserve`s multitude of habitats host a spectacular array of wildlife species.

Its scenic beauty aside, Ithala`s most characteristic feature is perhaps its astonishing geological diversity. Some of the oldest rock formations in the world are found here, dating back 3 000 million years.

With a topographic profile varying from 400m above sea level in the north to 1 450m near Louwsberg in the south, Ithala`s terrain extends over lowveld and densely vegetated riverine valleys to high-lying grassland plateaus, ridges and cliff faces.

The area has been occupied by man for thousands of years and there are many sites littered with stone age spear and axe heads dating back some 20,000 years.

Accommodation at Ithala Game Reserve
Accommodation managed by Kwazulu Wildlife and provided within the Park itself:
- Ntshondwe Camp
- Mbizo Bush Camp
- Ntshondwe Lodge

Louwsburg Accommodation

Wildlife at Ithala Game Reserve
Ithala Game Reserve's big game species include white- and black rhino , elephant , buffalo and, notably giraffe.

The absence of lion makes for a relaxed air among these animals and other game such as zebra , blue wildebeest and a wide variety of antelope. These include impala, oribi, red hartebeest, eland, kudu, waterbuck, tsessebe, common and mountain reedbuck, steenbok and grey duiker.

Predators which are not often seen are leopard, spotted hyaena and brown hyaena.

With its many perennial streams and rivers, and the frequent occurrence of cliffs and rock faces, Ithala is also the ideal haven for a large variety of birds.

Sightings of large birds at Ithala may include black eagles, lappet faced and white backed vultures, ostriches and secretary birds stalking across the veld.

Gate Opening and Closing Times:
Summer (November to February) 05h00 to 19h00
Winter (March to October) 06h00 to 18h00

Ithala Game Reserve offers a wealth of activities for visitors.
* Self-guided auto trails:
Ithala has a number of well laid out auto trails with markers at points of interest.These enable visitors to discover and appreciate aspects of the reserve’s fascinating wildlife and geology in the comfort of their own vehicles.
* Picnic sites:
Picnic sites are situated in several scenic spots which offer spectacular views and are ideal for game watching. These all have barbecue facilities and ablutions.
* Self-guided walking trails:
A number of self-guided trails traverse the wooded mountainside above Ntshondwe camp, inviting guests to enjoy glimpses of the indigenous wildlife while stretching their legs.
* Day and night drives:
Day and night drives are conducted in open viewing vehicles and are a popular tourist attraction in the reserve. These can be booked at Ntshondwe camp office.

Ithala Game Reserve Map:

Health & Climate:

Ithala Game Reserve is a malaria free area

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Ithala Game Reserve Guest Reviews

Average Guest Rating: 
  4.5 out of 5 based on 8 reviews. - View all Guest Reviews

The service was excellent and our chalet was clean. It was a wonderful experience.
 Reviewed by Siphelele Ntshangase on 1 June 2015

Very nice game reserve with very good facilities.
 Reviewed by Rob de Bruin on 23 November 2014

An amazing stay; really enjoyed it. Been going to reserves for 10 years and can't believe this gem. Will definitely be back!
 Reviewed by Roy Meaker over a year ago

Ntshondwe Camp is well run, with friendly and competent staff - not always the easiest thing to do in a remoter area. Lots of wildlife to see and enjoyed the splendid scenery of the park. The poor weather meant I was almost alone there; I received a series of 'private' individual game drives!
 Reviewed by Martin Huckerby over a year ago

Other Accommodation near Ithala Game Reserve:

Accommodation options within 8km from Ithala Game Reserve include:

Ntshondwe Camp -  Ithala Game Reserve
Ntshondwe Camp - Ithala Game Reserve
Itala's Main camp, indigenously camouflaged against a plateau at the foot of the cliffs. Winner of the 1994/5/6AA/SAA Resort of the year Award
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 (88 reviews)
From: R860.00 per unit, Max: 2 From: R880.00 per person sharing

Ntshondwe Lodge - Ithala Game Reserve
Ntshondwe Lodge - Ithala Game Reserve
Exclusive luxury lodge in complete privacy in the Ithala Game Reserve.
Guest Rating: 
 (3 reviews)

R800.00 pps

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