Situated in the thornveld mountains of northern KwaZulu-Natal, this reserve is a game viewer’s paradise. Topography varies from the heights of the Ngotshe Mountains to the deep valley that’s been carved by the Phongolo River to reveal the world’s oldest rock formations. Some date back 3,000 million years!

Main attractions

  • Auto trail for game viewing
  • Guided walks
  • Abseiling, canoeing and white water rafting

The area around Ntshondwe main camp is a leopard hot spot, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled while driving in and out of camp.

– Scott Ramsay, Wild 30


  • Guided walks
  • Guided game viewing
  • Guided night drives
  • Self-guided 4X4 trails
  • Self-guided vehicle trails
  • Walking trails
  • Mountain bike trails
  • Picnicking

Top sightings: Geological diversity, giraffe (indigenous to Ithala), red-billed oxpecker, wide variety of antelope and other game

Accommodation: Resort, bush camp, chalets, camping

Gate times: November – February 05:00 – 19:00, March – October 06:00 – 18:00

Nearest centre: Vryheid is about 80km (50 minutes).

Know before you go

  • Fuel is available in the reserve.
  • Bear in mind that it can take up to an hour from the gate to the accommodation camps.

Contact reserve: +27 (0)34 983 2540

Ezemvelo Central Reservations: +27 (0)33 845 1000, [email protected]

Visit Ithala Game Reserve’s home page.