In under half an hour’s drive south of Ladysmith, visitors can view panoramas that stretch from hot valley bushveld across to the Drakensberg Mountains, often covered in snow in the winter. Steeped in Anglo-Boer War history, the reserve boasts a rich selection of wildlife amongst thorn savanna vegetation.

Main attractions

  • Water sports
  • Spioenkop Mountain and dam scenery

At iPhika Bushcamp you have a couple of thousand hectares of African bushveld to yourself.

– Patricia McCracken, Wild 18


  • Fresh water fishing
  • Boating
  • Picnicking
  • Birding
  • Walking
  • Battlefields of the Anglo-Boer war
  • Game viewing
  • Horse riding

Top sightings: Giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, oribi, red hartebeest, African fish eagle

Accommodation: Bush camp, camping

Gate times: October – March 06:00 – 19:00, April – September 07:00 – 18:00

Nearest centre: Ladysmith is 35km away (about 20 minutes).

Contact reserve: +27 (0)36 488 1578

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

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