The little village of Louwsburg is named after the pioneer, David Louw. Proclaimed a town in 1920, it is set magnificently in an area of breathtaking beauty with rolling hills and lush vegetation.
Louwsburg is bordering the Ithala Game Reserve and only 40 km from the Ntendeka Wilderness.
Within the vicinity of Louwsburg is the Mkuze Falls Private Game Reserve, which is home to Africa's Big 5.
The Zulu name of the town is Ngotshe which means cave. It is uncertain which cave is referred to.
Louwsburg is situated about seventy kilometres east of Vryheid on the main road to Pongola. It serves a large rural district made up of maize and cattle farms.
One of the main reasons for visiting the town of Louwsburg is to get to the incredible Ithala Game Reserve. The relatively small park is home to about 910 species of plant life, which varies between wetland, riverine thicket and open savanna. The animal life is also amazing, and the park has about 80 mammal, 314 bird and numerous reptile species recorded.
Within the protective valley of the park are some of the world's oldest rock formations. These attractions certainly make it one of the country's best places to watch wildlife.