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Ithala Game Reserve

Ithala Game Reserve



+27 (0) 33 845 1000



Poaching Hotline:

+27 (0) 8600 10111


Size:  29,000 ha / 290 km2

Nearest major city:  Durban (4h30 approx by car)

Species Numbers:  92 Mammals        343 Birds        74 Reptiles

Big Five:  No


  • - Malaria-free
  • - Excellent game viewing, all of the Big Five present except lion
  • - Good birding with several rarities
  • - Beautiful scenery

Ithala Game Reserve was proclaimed a nature reserve in 1973, making it one of the youngest game parks in South Africa. The reserve is situated on the south bank of the Pongola River, some 400 kilometres north of Durban and 500 kilometres from Johannesburg. The landscape is dominated by rolling hills, 300 million year old rock formations and the deep valley cut by the Pongola River.

The reserve is rich in history, having been occupied during the reigns of Shaka and other Zulu kings. There are several sites where stone age spear and axe heads have been discovered, dating back some 20,000 years. There are also two abandoned gold mines found at Ithala.

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