Itala is one of South Africa's oldest game reserves and also one of it's best. The landscape varies greatly from the thornveld of the Ngotshe Mountains, through lowveld grasslands down to the dense vegetation of the gorges and river valleys found nearly 1,000m below.
This variety of habitat provides a natural home to a wide selection of both plant and animal that make this reserve so popular. Over 300 species of birds have been recorded, including white-backed vultures, black eagles , fish eagles and other raptors, and the endangered bald ibis.
The park has several large species of game, including elephant, black rhino, white rhino, tsessebe, blue wildebeest, red hartebeest, and klipspringer. Hyena and leopard are the major predators to be found.
ATTRACTIONS & ACTIVITIES AT ITALA GAME RESERVE:
- game drives
- guided walks and hiking trails
- bird watching
- picnic / braai areas
SUMMARY OF WILDLIFE & FLORA:
Herbivores: elephant, white and black rhino, wildebeest, red hartebeest, giraffe, tsessebe
Carnivores: cheetah and leopard
Birdlife: over 300 species of birds
DIRECTIONS TO ITALA GAME RESERVE:
- take the N2 to Pongola
- turn south onto the R66
- after 22 km turn right onto R69
- follow the R69 west for 70 km toward Vryheid
- the reserve is located next to the village of Louwsburg
Summer (November - February ) 05h00 to 19h00
Winter (March - October ) 06h00 to 18h00
8.1km East of center of Itala Game Reserve
Ithala Game Reserve offers a fascinating variety of terrain, habitats, mammals, birds and trees.
33.9km North East of center of Itala Game Reserve
This unique and exclusive lodge is situated in its own, malaria-free private game reserve, perched high on the slopes of Pakamisa mountain and overlooking the rolling hills of Zululand.
Sleeps: 46 in 9 units/rooms
From R 1 495,00
Per unit, per night.
35.9km South West of center of Itala Game Reserve
Escape to a rejuvenating oasis at Natal Spa Hot Springs & Leisure Resort,
situated on the road between Vryheid and Paulpietersburg on the Battlefields
Sleeps: 174 in 57 units/rooms
From R 750,00
Per person, per night sharing.
36.0km South West of center of Itala Game Reserve
Facilities in the hotel include an airy dining room and terrace offering lovely
views of the garden and pool areas. Buffet breakfasts and dinners as well as a
la carte dinners are served
40.5km North East of center of Itala Game Reserve
Accommodation comprises of 64 upmarket, spacious en-suite bedrooms all individually decorated in a stylish fashion of its own. All rooms are air-conditioned, equipped with a colour TV with DStv-channels and a modern telephone system.
41.2km North East of center of Itala Game Reserve
DWEBA LAPA consists of 4 self-catering chalets, communal lapa with braai area
and swimming pool. The chalets sleep 26 people in total. (6, 6, 6, and 8)
41.3km North East of center of Itala Game Reserve
Oppie Koppie is the name of
the lodge with fully serviced self-catering chalets. This luxury lodge boasts
five bedrooms, all ensuite with air-conditioning and excellent views from the
koppie upon which it is built.
Sleeps: 34 in 12 units/rooms
42.2km North East of center of Itala Game Reserve
Comfortable ten room Guest House well positioned in a beautiful tropical garden opposite the Rugby Club in Pongola, easily accessible from the N2.
43.7km East of center of Itala Game Reserve
The Amakhosi Safari Lodge is situated in the Amakhosi Private Game Reserve, on the banks of the Mkuze River, right in the heart of Zululand. It boasts six luxurious river and two honeymoon suites, in complete harmony with their surroundings. Amakhosi also
44.5km East of center of Itala Game Reserve
ZEEKOEPAN River Lodge & the Chalets is situated within a network of Big 5
properties and offer the ONLY SELF-CATERING facility within this larger Big 5
area. The Lodge and Chalets are situated on the banks of the picturesque Mkuze
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