Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife
Ithala Game Reserve
Ithala Game Reserve is a place of great beauty with 300-million year old rock formations and wonderful seasonal contrasts that give you the best of all African fauna and flora.

Ithala Game Reserve's big game species include white and black rhino, elephant, buffalo and, notably giraffe so numerous that they have been selected as Ithala's logo.

In spring, the grasslands are alive with warthogs. In summer, masses of red ‘Pride of De Kaap’ flowers complement the wild dates on the reclining palms along the slopes and stream banks of this rugged reserve.
.Redbilled Oxpeckers

Several rivers rise in or just out of the reserve, winding to the Pongola River. These rivers are attractive with waterfalls, pools and gorges flanked by dense thickets and riverine forest.

After years of near extinction from this area, Redbilled Oxpeckers were reintroduced to Ithala in 1994. Many sighting of immature Redbilled Oxpeckers have been recorded since, confirming that they have accepted their new home.
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Ithala Game Reserve Resorts
Ntshondwe Resort
Winner of three consecutive ‘AA Travel Guides & SAA Resort of the Year’ awards
Ntshondwe Resort is Ithala's main camp and is camouflaged against a plateau at the foot of the cliffs of the Ngotshe Mountain.
39 thatched self-catering chalets, from two to six beds, blend into a lush setting of acacias, wild figs and cabbage trees.
28 other chalets without catering facilities are geared for tour groups and conference delegates.
The Visitors’ Centre has a fully licensed restaurant, a bar and an open game viewing deck.
Other amenities include a swimming pool built around a giant rock, a fully equipped conference centre, and a well-stocked curio shop that carries a range of basic provisions.
ACCOMMODATION:
Accommodation
4x2-bed chalets (Batchelor)
21x2-bed chalets
12x4-bed chalets
1x6-bed chalets
28x2-bed non self catering units
Ntshondwe Lodge
Ntshondwe Lodge is one of the most spectacularly situated luxury lodges in Africa.
It is suspended on the edge of a cliff boasting soaring mountains and sweeping vistas.
Ntshondwe Lodge is a luxury six-bedded lodge with three spacious en-suite bedrooms.
It has a tiered lounge and dining room leading onto a covered deck with barbeque and plunge pool facilities.
The lodge is very private and is centrally placed to explore the wildlife, history and cultural diversity of the reserve set in the spectacular vistas of rugged mountains, open plains and wild rivers.
Ntshondwe Lodge is a self-catering facility that offers the services of a cook and an attendant to prepare the food you bring.
ACCOMMODATION:
Accommodation
1 x 6-bed Luxury lodge
Mhlangeni Bush Camp
Mhlangeni Bush Camp is set high on a granite boulder koppie.
Accommodation consists of 5 x comfortable two-bed units.
The sun deck, lounge and bedrooms of this special bush camp all look down across the savannah like expanse of the Ncence valley to the bush-lined river.
A central open plan lounge, dining room and sun deck provides a comfortable area to watch game as the sun moves across the landscape.
The valley is a haven for black and white rhino, giraffe and a variety of large antelope.
The services of an attendant and a field ranger are available.
Ithala is malaria free.
ACCOMMODATION:
Accommodation
5 x 2-bed bush camps
Mbizo Bush Camp
Stretching along the west bank of the Mbizo River, this atmospheric camp lends itself to relaxation in the African bush.
Mbizo Bush Camp consists of 2 separate bush chalets constructed in wood, reed and thatch.
A total of eight guests can be accommodated at any one time.
Each chalet has two bedrooms and its own lounge, kitchen and viewing deck and its own separate bathroom with showers with views.
Swim in the rapids and pools, as the rivers in Ithala are bilharzia-free.
An attendant is on hand to service the camp and a field ranger for bush walks.
ACCOMMODATION:
Accommodation
2 x 2-bed chalets
Thalu Bush Camp
Thalu Bush Camp nestles under large trees on the edge of the Thalu River next to rapids and clear pools.
Thalu can accommodate four people in two bedrooms separated by a lounge kitchen and viewing deck.
Swim in the crystal clear pools, as the rivers in Ithala are bilharzia-free.
Walk with the field ranger down the Thalu River through beautiful unspoilt country too see a variety of birds and animals including half-collared kingfishers, crowned eagles and majestic waterbuck.
An attendant services the camp and a field ranger is available by prior arrangement to take guests on bush walks.
Ithala is malaria free.
ACCOMMODATION:
Accommodation
1 x 4-bed bush camp
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