Ithala Game Reserve


Offering four of the Big Five, prolific birdlife and spectacular mountain scenery, Ithala Game Reserve is definitely worth a visit. The park is run by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and features self-guided walking and auto trails, picnic sites, braai facilities, a shop and the award-winning Ntshondwe Camp.

Elephant, giraffe, buffalo, white and black rhino can easily be seen in Ithala. Other wildlife to spot includes zebra, mountain reedbuck, blue wildebeest, tsessebe, eland, red hartebeest and smaller antelope. A fantastic way to see the birds, plants and animals is to go on a self-guided walk on any of the routes through the wooded mountainside above Ntshondwe Camp.

Ithala is also renowned as the setting for many historic events, including the reign of Shaka, his successive Zulu kings and early gold mining enterprises. Stone Age spears and axe heads dating back 20 000 years have been found here. There is also evidence of a thriving iron industry dating back a few hundred years with numerous smelting sites situated adjacent to deposits of banded ironstone.

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Accommodation near Ithala Game Reserve

*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling distance.

from R640
1 night, 2 adults

Sanyati Nature Farm

Sleeps 6 Louwsburg Self-catering in Louwsburg
7.94km from Ithala Game Reserve

Sanyati NatureFarm is located within the mist belt on the Ngotshe Mountain near Ithala GameReserve, ...

from R3180
1 night, 2 adults

Pakamisa Private Game Reserve & Lodge

Sleeps 30 Mkuze Safari in Mkuze
26.47km from Ithala Game Reserve

Pakamisa unique luxury lodge, majestically positioned on top of the Pakamisa Mountain, counts to the...

from R5200
1 night, 2 adults

Pakamisa Lodge

Sleeps 32 Pongola Hotel in Pongola
26.51km from Ithala Game Reserve

Superbly located on the high plateau of the Pakamisa Mountain, Pakamisa Lodge affords breathtaking v...

from R620
1 night, 2 adults

Pongola Country Lodge

Sleeps 177 Pongola Hotel in Pongola
34.82km from Ithala Game Reserve

from R720
1 night, 2 adults

Pongola Self-catering Units

Sleeps 32 Pongola Self-catering in Pongola
34.88km from Ithala Game Reserve

Situated in the small town of Pongola, Pongola Self-catering Units offers affordable accommodation t...

from R1300
1 night, 2 adults

Pro-Team Lodge

Sleeps 20 Pongola Lodge in Pongola
34.88km from Ithala Game Reserve

Nestled at the foothills of the Lebombo mountain range, Pro-Team Lodge is located in Pongola, a smal...

from R800
1 night, 2 adults

Kwa-Lala B&B Lodge

Sleeps 40 Pongola Bed and Breakfast in Pongola
34.93km from Ithala Game Reserve

Kwa-Lala B&B Lodge is found in Pongola in KwaZulu-Natal and with 20 bedrooms this is the perfect pla...

from R600
1 night, 2 adults

Koppie Alleen B&B

Sleeps 12 Pongola Bed and Breakfast in Pongola
34.95km from Ithala Game Reserve

At Koppie Alleen we go that extra bit to offer guests comfortable and affordable value for money acc...

from R690
1 night, 2 adults

Elegant Lodge

Sleeps 19 Pongola Guest House in Pongola
35.88km from Ithala Game Reserve

Elegant Lodge is conveniently situated opposite the Golf course in a quiet, relaxing area in Pongola...

from R900
1 night, 2 adults

Kastelein Guest House

Sleeps 7 Pongola Bed and Breakfast in Pongola
35.93km from Ithala Game Reserve

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