Ithala Game Reserve, Louwsburg

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Must see · Nature / Park · Hidden Gem · Wildlife Area
See the Big Five Game and other iconic wildlife against a backdrop of geological diversity at Ithala Game Reserve, nestled in the Ngotshe Mountains. Spanning 29,653 hectares (73,247 acres) along the south bank of the Pongola River, the biodiverse reserve ranges from dense river valleys and lowveld to cliffs, plateaus, and mountains. Stone Age spears and an Iron Age smelting area testify to the continuous human presence here; you can also see evidence of Zulu and Voortrekker settlements. Take a safari to spot grazers, including red hartebeest, giraffes, impala, blue wildebeest, elands, and reedbuck--which attract large predators like lions, hyenas, and cheetahs. Our Louwsburg holiday maker tool makes visiting Ithala Game Reserve and other Louwsburg attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Brilliant accommodation in The Lodge. The views were spectacular from the veranda. The 4x4 drive to the Pongola River was good fun but the game was pretty sparse - not one rhino or elephant to be...  more »
  • We had a wonderful three nights stay in a very well equipped and clean chalet . The wildlife around the camp and in the game park were a sight to behold . Lots to see in this relatively small game...  more »
  • First time here. Was excepted by such friendly staff as i arrived. Saw beautiful animals. Was accessible by car. Easily self navigated. Will definitely go again.
  • Beautiful nature reserve with a good amount and variety of game, but no lions. Accommodation is pleasant, neat and clean and the restaurant offers very reasonable meals. Staff very friendly and helpful. To our surprise only very few people visit the reserve.
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