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Ithala Game Reserve

Ithala Game Reserve is located in northern KwaZulu-Natal. This beautiful reserve was established in 1972 and is still fairly unspoilt. It is located in rugged, stunning mountain scenery. Despite Ithala being quite remote, it is becoming better known. In 1982 it extended to include the now almost 30 000 hectares. You look out on the Ngotshe Mountains and the deep valley is a paradise for wildlife lovers. Ithala is not only known for its beauty but also because it is one of the oldest rock formations in the world possesses, some are already 3 000 million years old. In addition, there is evidence found that people lived here in dozens of spots as spears and axes from the Stone Age were found here centuries ago. At various places in the eastern part of the park you can see San Rock Art. The breath-taking scenery is very diverse which is also caused by the high altitude. To the north it lies about 400 meters above sea level and in the south Louwberg Mountain at 1 450 m, nearly 1.5 km in height.

Ithala nature is very varied and consists of lowveld, valleys, grassland plateaus, ridges, hills and cliffs. In the summer, dozens of red flowers are in bloom and in the winter there are hundreds of aloe for beautiful scenery and spring dozens of warthogs run through the grassland. The many streams, rivers and cliffs attract various birds.

Ithala does not have the Big 5, the lion is missing, but otherwise there's lots of wildlife to see such as the white and black rhino, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, cheetah, leopard, spotted hyena, brown hyena, grey duiker, zebra, wildebeest, impala, oribi, hartebeest, eland, kudu, waterbuck and tsessebe. In addition, in KwaZulu-Natal, Ithala is the only park that owns a population of rare antelope's winch. Raptors are in Ithala and among others the black eagle, Lappet-faced vulture and the white-backed vulture. Through the fields, ostriches and the secretary birds run.

Here you can have a game drive with your own car, take guided game drives both day and night, and there are various trails and a 4x4 trails.

Restaurant, bar, take-away, souvenir shop, information centre, swimming pool, gas station. From the wooden deck you look out on a pond.

Ithala lies at Louwsburg on the R69, in northern KwaZulu-Natal. Via a paved, steep road you can get to the entrance. The nearest place is Louwsburg, 5 km from the entrance. Another way is through Vryheid (70km).