Ithala Game Reserve

  • Guest Rating: (11)
  • Self-Catering
  • Malaria Area: No
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM Check-out: 10:00 AM
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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.
Health and Climate:

Ithala Game Reserve is a malaria free area

Cancellation Policy:

All bookings are confirmed once payment or partial payment is received.Cancellations greater than 45 days prior to arrival = 10% of amount (min R100)Cancellation within 45 to 30 days of arrival = 25% of the amount.Cancellation within 29 to 15 days of arrival = 50% of the amount.Cancellation within 14 days & arrival date = 100% of the amount.Amending booked dates is as good as cancelling a booking if it falls within the cancellation period. Same policy applies to amending a booking.

Facilities & Services:

Children under 12 years
Bar on the Premises
Playground
Swimming Pool
Directions:

FROM DURBAN:It is best reached via Eshowe and Melmoth to Vryheid. Then take the tarred road to Louwsburg approx. 4 1/5 hrsFROM GAUTENG:The best approach is via Standerton, Volksrust and Utrecht to Vryheid approx. 5 hrsFROM THE NORTH COAST:Take the main road to Pongola. Turn left to Ulundi/Nongoma (R66) and then right onto the (R69) Louwsburg/Vryheid road approx. 3 1/5 hrsFROM PIETERMARITZBURG: Travel via Colenso, Ladysmith, Dundee and Vryheid approx. 4 hrs

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Units and Rooms

2 Bed Non Self-catering Chalet - BB GD (high season)

Max Persons: 2
2 Bed Non Self-catering Chalet - DBB GD (high season)

Max Persons: 2
2 Bed Non Self-catering Chalet - DBB (high season)

Max Persons: 2
2 Bed Self-catering Chalet - BB GD (high season)

Max Persons: 2
2 Bed Non Self-catering Chalet - BB
These are all wheelchair accessible. No kitchen facilities. Bathroom with shower, TV, bar fridge, tea/coffee making facilities.
Max Persons: 2
2 Bed Self-catering Chalet - BB
2 Single beds, bathroom, kitchen, lounge area with TV and fireplace. Outside braai stand.
Max Persons: 2
2 Bed Self-catering Chalet - DBB GD (high season)

Max Persons: 2
2 Bed Self-catering Chalet - BB (high season)

Max Persons: 2
2 Bed Non Self-catering Chalet - BB (high season)

Max Persons: 2
2 Bed Self-catering Chalet - DBB (high season)

Max Persons: 2
2 Bed Non Self-catering Chalet - DBB

Max Persons: 2
2 Bed Non Self-catering Chalet - BB GD

Max Persons: 2
2 Bed Non Self-catering Chalet - DBB GD

Max Persons: 2
2 Bed Self-catering Chalet - DBB

Max Persons: 2
2 Bed Self-catering Chalet - BB GD

Max Persons: 2
2 Bed Self-catering Chalet - DBB GD

Max Persons: 2
4 Bed Chalets - DBB (high season)

Max Persons: 4
4 Bed Chalets - BB GD (high season)

Max Persons: 4
4 Bed Chalets - DBB GD (high season)

Max Persons: 4
4 Bed Chalets - BB
Two bedrooms (2 single beds in each room), lounge with fireplace and TV, kitchen, bathroom and outside braai stand.
Max Persons: 4
4 Bed Chalets - BB (high season)

Max Persons: 4
4 Bed Chalets - DBB

Max Persons: 4
4 Bed Chalets - BB GD

Max Persons: 4
4 Bed Chalets - DBB GD

Max Persons: 4
6 Bed Chalets - DBB GD (high season)

Max Persons: 6
Ntshondwe Lodge - BB
3 Bedrooms (2 single beds in each room, one of them with a double bed), kitchen, lounge, dining room, verandah with braai and swimming pool. TV. Ntshondwe lodge is wheelchair accessible.
Max Persons: 6
6 Bed Chalets - DBB (high season)

Max Persons: 6
6 Bed Chalets - BB GD (high season)

Max Persons: 6
6 Bed Chalets - BB
3 Bedrooms (2 single beds in each room), lounge and dining area with TV and fireplace, 2 bathrooms, fully equipped kitchen and braai stand outside.
Max Persons: 6
6 Bed Chalets - BB (high season)

Max Persons: 6
6 Bed Chalets - DBB

Max Persons: 6
6 Bed Chalets - BB GD

Max Persons: 6
6 Bed Chalets - DBB GD

Max Persons: 6
Mbizo Bush camp
Accommodates 8 people in 2X separate 4-Sleeper units, each having two rooms, one with a double bed and the other two single beds.
Max Persons: 8
Mbizo Bush camp (high season)

Max Persons: 8
Latest Reviews
Amazing stay with friendly staff. Peaceful surroundings and plenty game to view. A most worthwhile trip.
Amanda Strydom Dec 2016
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.

Mrs. Val Bowden Aug 2016
The place was beautiful and so relaxed. Service was excellent
Boni Zulu Dec 2015
The service was excellent and our chalet was clean. It was a wonderful experience.

Siphelele Ntshangase Jun 2015
Very nice game reserve with very good facilities.
Rob de Bruin Nov 2014