Ndumo Game Reserve is perhaps best known for its magnificent bird life with the highest bird count in South Africa, some 430 species.
Situated near the Tembe Elephant Park on the Mozambique border, with the Usuthu River forming its northern boundary and the Pongola River flowing through to its confluence with Usutu, Ndumo boasts many beautiful pans set about with yellow fever trees and extensive wetlands and reedbeds.
This varied habitat hosts an astonishing range of aquatic birdlife such as black egret, pygmy geese, flocks of pelicans and flamingos. The prolific birdlife includes many tropical East African forms at the southern limit of their range.
Special ticks for birders include Pell’s fishing owl, the broadbill, and southern banded snake eagle.
With game species such as nyala, bushbuck, impala, red duiker, suni, black and white rhino, hippopotamus and a very large population of crocodiles Ndumo is a most rewarding area to view wildlife with its wetlands and pans, thick bush and savannah and extensive forests.
Ndumo is of particular interest to entomologists with a very interesting array of insects including 66 recorded species of mosquito.
Visitors may drive through certain areas of the reserve in their own cars, or participate in landrover tours to interesting areas in the company of a tour guide. Depending on the demand, morning and afternoon tours are conducted and arrangements to participate in these tours are made at the reception office.
For the more energetic, day walks in the reserve may be taken in the company of a guide and, here too, arrangements to participate in these walks should be made at the reception office the day before the intended walk.
Please ensure you have cash to pay for activities.
The camp is equipped with mains electricity.
There is laundry facilities available in the camp.
There is no shop in the reserve but there is a well stocked trading store 2 kms from the reserve gate. Reception sells beer, wine, cooldrinks, sweets and curios.
Ndumo is in a malaria area and special precautions are necessary.
Accommodation at Ndumo Resort:
- The resort consists of ten 2-bedded chalets and two 4-bedded chalets, each equipped with a hand basin with hot and cold water and a refrigerator.
- Bedding, cutlery and crockery are provided.
- The resort is served by a communal kitchen and ablution block with hot and cold water.
- The resort is equipped with Eskom electricity.
- Please note that as of the 17 May 2015, meals are no longer prepared in communal kitchens by experienced cooks. Guests are requested to prepare their own meals.
- Check in time for the rest huts is 14:00 on the day of arrival and check out time 10:00 on the day of departure.
What To Do On Arrival
On arrival all visitors to the reserve, whether day visitors or those being accommodated in the hutted camp or entrance charge will be levied.
The office hours are 08:00- 12:00 and 13:00- 16:00 daily.
Visitors taking up reservations must report to the reception office by 15:30 on the day of their reservation.
Due to the distance, visitors wishing to stay in the reserve are strongly advised to obtain confirmed reservation for accommodations the nearest hotel is at Mkuze 110km away.
What To Bring
Everything is supplied for the visitor except food and beverages. Please note however that as of the 17 May 2015, services of a cook are no longer provided to visitors at Ndumo. All guests are asked to cook for themselves.
However, beers, wine, ice cream and cold drinks are on sale at the curio Shop.
No provisions of any kind can be purchased in the reserve, but basic foods, petrol and oil are obtainable from a store 2km from the entrance to the game reserve.
It is essential to take anti- malaria medication as recommended by your pharmacy.
Hats and torches are also advisable.
Ndumo falls within the endemic malaria area and visitors are urged to take the necessary precautions. Bilharzia is also present in the area
The speed limit throughout the reserve is 40 km/h
Pets are not permitted within the reserve
Littering is an offence and offenders will be prosecuted
It is an offence to pick or damage any plant or disturb or kill any animal
Portable radios should be played with great discretion
For your won safety, you are requested not to proceed along roads where No Entry signs have been erected
You may leave your vehicle in the precincts of the rest camp, at game viewing hides, designated picnic areas, or in the event of mechanical breakdown.
The lighting of fires is only permitted in proper fireplaces. Please also extinguish cigarettes properly and place them in the proper receptacles. Do not throw them out of windows
Firearms must be declared on arrival
Camp Gate Times:
The entrance gate is closed from sunset to sunrise and is open during the following hours
Summer 05: 00- 19:00 (October - 31 March)
Winter 06:00- 18:00 (1 April - 30 September)
How To Get There
From the north or south follow the N2 and turn off at Jozini.
Go through the town and across the dam wall then follow the road until you see the Ndumo sign posts
Each unit has 2 single beds, hand basin with hot and cold water and a refrigerator and now including ensuite bathrooms as well as TV’s with limitted channels (e.i Hotel bonguette). Bedding, cutlery and crockery are provided. The resort is served by a communal kitchen and ablution block with hot and cold water.
Each units is fully catered and now including ensuite bathrooms as well as TV’s with limitted channels (e.i Hotel bonguette). In addition, the units have both cold and hot water. finally, each unit has a braai facility.
High season is applicable over public holidays, school holidays, long weekends, events and high occupancy periods. Tariffs may differ to those advertised.
From the north or south follow the N2 and turn off at Jozini. Go through the town and across the dam wall then follow the road untill you see the Ndumo sign posts.
Gate Opening and Closing Times:
Summer ( October to March ) 05h00 to 19h00
Winter (April to September ) 06h00 to 18h00
Distance and Time from Gate to Camp: 6 kms
The nearest town which has a full range of services is Mkuze which is 100 kms away.