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Ntshondwe Camp is virtually invisible until the moment of arrival. The main camp in Ithala Game Reserve, is ingeniously camouflaged against a plateau at the foot of the cliffs after which it is named.
Towering above the camp, horizontal contours of pink and russet sandstone offset vertically jagged spires of dolerite rock. These provide the ideal haven for raptors, their calls echoing from rock face to crevice as they soar into the sky in territorial display.

The camp has 67 thatched chalets and one luxury lodge blend into a lush setting of acacias, wild figs, cabbage trees and other indigenous flora.

Accommodation Options

2 Bed Chalet - 1 Bedroom, kitchen, lounge
Facilities:
- Microwave
- 4 - plate stove
- Bar fridge
- DSTV compact
- Fireplace
- Ceiling fan
- Fireplace
- An extra mattress can be added if requested
- There are also additional plug points in all the units

2 Bed Non Self Catering Unit
- These are all wheelchair accessible
- No kitchen facilities
- Toilet with shower
- DSTV Compact
- Bar fridge, ceiling fan
- An extra mattress can be requested for these

4 Bed Chalet
- 2 Bedrooms
- Lounge
- Kitchen
- 1x toilet with bath
- Same facilities as a 2 sleeper but this have a bigger

6 Sleeper chalet

- 3 bedrooms
- Lounge and dining area with DSTV compact and fireplace
- No heater
- 2 bathrooms with bath and shower
- Fully equipped kitchen and barbeque area outside each unit

All units are serviced daily.
Please bring own swimming towels.

Luxury accommodation is also available in the Ntshondwe Lodge
which is situated in Ntshondwe Camp. This Luxury Lodge has its own
plunge pool and sleep 6 people. The Lodge cannot be booked on per room,
but per unit (exclusive use only by the client who books it).

Other Amenities:

  • Curio shop
  • Restaurant
  • Ladies bar
  • Coffee shop
  • Secluded boma ideal for braais and outdoor gatherings
  • Swimming pool
  • Sun deck overlooking a waterhole
  • Jungle gym for the kids
  • Picnic sites
  • Conference centre

The conference centre accommodates 120 delegates in cinema style and 80 delegates in lecture style; state of the art facilities including a fully equipped projection room, an integrated sound system, versatile automatic lighting, air-conditioning an two breakaway rooms accommodating 18 delegates each.

The team at Ithala Game Reserve can tailor facilities to suit your needs; bush braais, champagne breakfasts, zulu dancing, team building, sundowner by the pool the possibilities are endless.

The airstrip at Ithala is suitable for light aircraft, medium to heavy twin-engine aircraft up to a DC3; suitable for 3 medium twin engine aircraft or 5 single aircraft; 1200m tarred airstrip from threshold to threshold; prior permission to land must be booked. Coordinates for the airstrip will be given on request. Altitude 2854FT (890M).

Gate Opening and Closing Times:

Summer (November to February) 05h00 to 19h00
Winter (March to October) 06h00 to 18h00
GATE TIMES ARE STRICTLY ENFORCED

The nearest town which has a full range of services is Vryheid which is 69km away.

Activities available on additional charges.

- 4 x 4 Trails
- Guided mountain bike safaris
- Game drives day and night viewing (kids 3yrs old and younger are not permitted)
- Guided and Self-guided walks (kids 12yrs old and younger are not permitted)
- Birding

Gate Times:

Summer (November to February) 05h00 to 19h00
Winter (March to October) 06h00 to 18h00

GATE TIMES ARE STRICTLY ENFORCED

 

Clothing and Accessories:

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 available:

Children under 12
Bar on the Premises
Restaurant
Playground
Swimming Pool

Rooms and Units Available:

2-Bed Non Self-catering Chalet - BB (high season)
These are all wheelchair accessible. No kitchen facilities. Bathroom with shower, TV, bar fridge, tea/coffee making facilities.
Sleeps 2 Adults

2-Bed Non Self-catering Chalet - BB - Sleeps 2
These are all wheelchair accessible. No kitchen facilities. Bathroom with shower, TV, bar fridge, tea/coffee making facilities. Throughout peak seasons the rate may increase between R200 - R300 based on per person.
Sleeps 2 Adults

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

2-Bed Non Self-catering Chalet - BB GD - Sleeps 2
Throughout peak seasons the rate may increase between R200 - R300 based on per person.
Sleeps 2 Adults

2-Bed Non Self-catering Chalet - DBB (high season)
Sleeps 2 Adults

2-Bed Non Self-catering Chalet - DBB - Sleeps 2
Throughout peak seasons the rate may increase between R200 - R300 based on per person.
Sleeps 2 Adults

2-Bed Non Self-catering Chalet - DBB GD (high season)
Sleeps 2 Adults

2-Bed Non Self-catering Chalet - DBB GD - Sleeps 2
Sleeps 2 Adults

2-Bed Self-catering Chalet - BB (high season)
2 Single beds, bathroom, kitchen, lounge area with TV and fireplace. Outside braai stand.
Sleeps 2 Adults

2-Bed Self-catering Chalet - BB - Sleeps 2
2 Single beds, bathroom, kitchen, lounge area with TV and fireplace. Outside braai stand. Throughout peak seasons the rate may increase between R200 - R300 based on per person.
Sleeps 2 Adults

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

2-Bed Self-catering Chalet - BB GD - Sleeps 2
Sleeps 2 Adults

2-Bed Self-catering Chalet - DBB (high season)
2 Single beds, bathroom, kitchen, lounge area with TV and fireplace. Outside braai stand.
Sleeps 2 Adults

2-Bed Self-catering Chalet - DBB - Sleeps 2
2 Single beds, bathroom, kitchen, lounge area with TV and fireplace. Outside braai stand.
Sleeps 2 Adults

2-Bed Self-catering Chalet - DBB GD (high season)
Sleeps 2 Adults

2-Bed Self-catering Chalet - DBB GD - Sleeps 2
Sleeps 2 Adults

4-Bed Chalets - BB - Sleeps 4
Two bedrooms (2 single beds in each room), lounge with fireplace and TV, kitchen, bathroom and outside braai stand. Throughout peak seasons the rate may increase between R400 - R600 based on per person.
Sleeps 4 Adults

4-Bed Chalets - BB GD - Sleeps 4
Throughout peak seasons the rate may increase between R400 - R600 based on per person.
Sleeps 4 Adults

4-Bed Chalets - DBB - Sleeps 4
Throughout peak seasons the rate may increase between R400 - R600 based on per person.
Sleeps 4 Adults

4-Bed Chalets - DBB GD - Sleeps 4
Throughout peak seasons the rate may increase between R400 - R600 based on per person.
Sleeps 4 Adults

6-Bed Chalets - BB - Sleeps 6
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. Throughout peak seasons the rate may increase between R400 - R600 based on per person.
Sleeps 6 Adults

6-Bed Chalets - BB GD - Sleeps 6
Throughout peak seasons the rate may increase between R400 - R600 based on per person.
Sleeps 6 Adults

6-Bed Chalets - DBB - Sleeps 6
Throughout peak seasons the rate may increase between R400 - R600 based on per person.
Sleeps 6 Adults

6-Bed Chalets - DBB GD - Sleeps 6
Throughout peak seasons the rate may increase between R400 - R600 based on per person.
Sleeps 6 Adults

Mbizo Bush camp - Sleeps 8
Accommodates 8 people in 2X separate 4-Sleeper units, each having two rooms, one with a double bed and the other two single beds. Throughout peak seasons the rate may increase between R400 - R600 based on per person.
Sleeps 8 Adults

Ntshondwe Lodge - BB - Sleeps 6
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. Peak seasons increase between R400 - R600 pp.
Sleeps 6 Adults

Latest Reviews

My evaluation is based on my experience as to the general condition of the chalet, regular service, the friendliness of staff members, including those on duty in the dining room, and the quality of meals.
Johan Kok May 2021
Large cottage with plenty of space, good size kitchen with plenty work space, heater in lounge ( you will need it )
Cottage is very dull inside and we found it very cool, views form cottage not great and the monkeys were a nuisance.
Really spectacular park with a mixture of mountains, valleys and plains. Although relatively small park, one of the most beautiful we have visited

David Grimes Nov 2019
Very friendly staff. Camp well kept and very clean as well as accommodations. Roads through reserve need a lot of attention. Game seems to be getting less each time I go. Was rather on the high price.
Wayne walker Jan 2018
A very pretty camp at the foot of a rocky mountain, roofs of stubble and all the comfort. A magnificent chateau sheltered by the forest. Breakfast included. An ideal place to spend two or three days.
Beautiful walks on easy and varied tracks. Rhinos, Antelopes, Kudu's, Zebra, Giraffes, Wildebeast but not seen an Elephant. PITY!

Francoise Madeleine Feb 2017
Although this is a state camp (our expectations were not very high!) it is an excellent camp. Well maintenance and maintained camp. Nice bungalows, everything working properly and clean and against the usual practice, some nice pictures on the wall to make it even nicer.
Food in the restaurant good and tasty.
All the staff in camp that we were in contact with (reception, restaurant, shop, main entrance), very friendly and motivated which is definitely not always the case in other parks.
We had a wonderful stay and will gladly comes back to this well run camp,just hope the management won't change.

Ellen Vervost Nov 2016

Directions:


FROM DURBAN:
It is best reached via Eshowe and Melmoth to Vryheid. Then take the tarred road to Louwsburg approx. 4 1/5 hrs

FROM GAUTENG:
The best approach is via Standerton, Volksrust and Utrecht to Vryheid approx. 5 hrs

FROM 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 hrs

FROM PIETERMARITZBURG:
Travel via Colenso, Ladysmith, Dundee and Vryheid approx. 4 hrs

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  • Accommodation Type: Game Lodge and Self-Catering
  • Malaria Area: No
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM