A five-hour drive from both Durban and Johannesburg, Ithala is home to some of Africa’s premier game species such as elephant, buffalo and leopard, as well as both black and white rhino.
Providing great seasonal variety, the landscape of Ithala is alive with warthog in spring, while year round, stately giraffe sway their way through the acacia thickets. In summer masses of red “Pride of De Kaap” flowers add a wonderful splash of colour. Several rivers rise in or near Ithala, winding their way to the Pongola River. These rivers are most attractive, with pools, cataracts and gorges flanked by dense thickets of riverine forest.
Most routes to Ithala pass through the historically rich Anglo-Zulu War and Anglo-Boer War battlefield areas of the province.
A feature of Ithala Game Reserve, is its geological and ecological diversity. This diversity has created a place of great, but rugged beauty, with 300 million year old rock formations including the towering Ngotshe Mountain with its richly coloured sandstone bands and towering spires of jagged dolerite.