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
Other:Louwsburg Accommodation High Season:
High season dates and rates are applicable from:
12 December 2018 to 8 January 2019
20 March 2019 to 8 April 2019
19 April 2019 to 22 April 2019
14 June 2019 to 15 July 2019
8 August 2019 to 11 August 2019
20 September 2019 to 6 October 2019
High season rates are also applicable over any events.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
GATE TIMES ARE STRICTLY ENFORCED
WHAT TO DO IN THE RESERVE:
- Observe all the animals and plants, both large and small.
- Some of your greatest enjoyment will come from observing the smaller fauna and flora.
- Listen to and absorb the sounds and atmosphere of the bush.
- Game reserves are havens of peace and quiet where it is still possible to listen to the birds and animals without being disturbed.
- You may get out of your car, but please stay close to it as there are dangerous animals in the reserve!
- It is advised that you would not move further than 2m away from your vehicle.
- Picnic sites have been provided for your enjoyment.
- Please do not swim in the Pongola River - due to presence of crocodiles.
Amazing stay with friendly staff. Peaceful surroundings and plenty game to view. A most worthwhile trip.
My family from UK, and myself, were very impressed with the professional way Ithala was run. The food was of good quality and well presented; the accommodation clean and attractively decorated and all staff we came in contact with were helpful and very pleasant, especially Russell who made our night drive so enjoyable with his knowledge and personality. My family have returned home with beautiful memories.
The place was beautiful and so relaxed. Service was excellent
The service was excellent and our chalet was clean. It was a wonderful experience.