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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

High Season:
High Season dates applicable for 2018:
6 December 2017 to 16 January 2018
20 March 2018 to 01 May 2018
15 June 2018 to 16 July 2018
09 August 2018 to 12 August 2018
21 September 2018 to 08 October 2018

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

- 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.
R1020.00 per unit, Max: 2

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Facilities & Services:

  • Children under 12 years
  • Bar on the Premises
  • Swimming Pool
  • Playground

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Health & Climate:

Ithala Game Reserve is a malaria free area

Ithala Game Reserve Guest Reviews

Average Guest Rating: 
  4.5 out of 5 based on 11 reviews. - View all Guest Reviews

Amazing stay with friendly staff. Peaceful surroundings and plenty game to view. A most worthwhile trip.
 Reviewed by Amanda Strydom over a year ago

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.
 Reviewed by Mrs. Val Bowden over a year ago

The place was beautiful and so relaxed. Service was excellent
 Reviewed by Boni Zulu over a year ago

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

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     (99 reviews)

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

From: R1020.00
per unit, Max: 2

Ntshondwe Lodge - Ithala Game Reserve

Ntshondwe Lodge - Ithala Game Reserve

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     (3 reviews)

Exclusive luxury lodge in complete privacy in the Ithala Game Reserve.