Ntshondwe Camp - Ithala Game Reserve
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.
Ntshondwe Camp - Ithala Game Reserve has 67 thatched chalets and one luxury lodge blend into a lush setting of acacias, wild figs, cabbage trees and other indigenous flora.
Other Amenities at Ntshondwe Camp - Ithala Game Reserve:
- Curio shop
- Ladies bar
- Coffee shop
- Secluded boma ideal for braai’s 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).Accommodation at Ntshondwe Camp - Ithala Game Reserve:
2 - Bed Chalet - 1 Bedroom, kitchen, loungeFacilities:
- 4 - plate stove
- Bar fridge
- DSTV compact
- Ceiling fan
- An extra mattress can be added if requested
- There are also additional plug points in all the units
2 - Bed Bachelor - Not divided, kitchen + bedroom, Shower & Bath
Same facilities as the 2 - bed chalet mentioned above.
2 - Bed Non Self Catering Unit (Conference Units):
- 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
- 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.
Bookings can either be made for self-catering or catered accommodation (breakfast and/or dinner included).
Please bring own swimming towels.
Luxury accommodation is available in the Ntshondwe Lodge
which is situated in Ntshondwe Camp. This Luxury Lodge has it's 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).
Gate Opening and Closing Times:
Summer (November to February) 05h00 to 19h00
Winter (March to October) 06h00 to 18h00
GATE TIMES ARE STRICTLY ENFORCEDHigh Season:
High season dates and rates are applicable from:
7 December 2016 to 17 January 2017
17 March 2017 to 01 May 2017
15 June 2017 to 16 July 2017
22 September 2017 to 08 October 2017
High season rates are also applicable over any events.
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
The nearest town which has a full range of services is Vryheid which is 69km away.
Check In Time: 14h00
Check Out Time: 10h00
Activities available on additional charges.
- 4X4 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)
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.
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!
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.
Guest Rating: (11 reviews)
Overlooking the Pongola River valley in the rugged, mountainous thornveld of Northern KwaZulu Natal, with diverse geological diversity, Ithala Game Reserve offers a wildlife experience second to none.
per unit, Max: 2