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Ithala Game Reserve

Address: Louwsburg, South Africa
Phone Number: 27 21 424 1037
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Ranked #63 of 155 Attractions in KwaZulu-Natal
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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Greater Johannesburg, South Africa
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

Absolutely stunning scenery, beautiful restaurant, and friendly staff! Very happy with the climate. Saw alot of wild (giraffes, elephants, zebras, buffalo, and a broad variety of 'bucks'

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125 reviews 125 reviews
27 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 via mobile

It is a very well run park but staff other than the head game ranger were not friendly or helpful. Think they rely on tour busses and conferences. The self catering chalets are very well stocked with equipment and very clean. Do however take food supplies as the shop is under supplied - in fact a joke. Nothing much in... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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47 reviews 47 reviews
9 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

I stayed at Ntshondwe camp for few days.The unit was warmly decorated, spacious, equipped with necessary appliances & kitchen utensils which would accommodate use by up to 3-5 adults. Chalets are surrounded by lushy bushes, with views of antelopes, vervet monkeys and other wildlife possible. There is a lovely pool area overlooking the cliff, nice spot to relax. Walking trails... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

My wife and I visited this KZN park a few weeks ago for the first time since 1997, and were happy to re-discover the scenic wonders of this remote corner of the province. We were upgraded from a non-selfcatering chalet to a spacious self-catering unit, with a bath. The chalet was in good condition, set apart from the others, which... More 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Although it doesn't have all the BIG 5 - this is a beautiful reserve with a great variety of vegetation, beautiful landscapes, many bird species and still many antelope and other animals to keep you entertained. The service was great and we will certainly be back.

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Durban, South Africa
20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We stayed here for a couple of days and really enjoyed it. Was so quiet and at times it felt like we were the only ones in the park! Loved the experience completely. The beds were the most comfortable beds we have EVER slept on. Breakfasts at the restaurant were fantastic. Loved every minute of our stay here!

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Austin, TX
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115 reviews 115 reviews
22 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

my hubby, in-laws and i stayed for 1 nite on our way back to Joburg. our accomms were chalet #11. it was adorable, cozy and rustic. i loved the views the most. we only saw a handful of animals here and there but by then, we had seen plenty from our last 3 park stays on this trip. so mostly,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

The experience was amazing, the staff were very friendly and helpful. we did a night game drive and the ranger was very good and spotted animals before all of us in the bus. it is a great place to unwind and relax and go for walks. there are walks available with a game ranger but the weather wasnt kind to... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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56 reviews 56 reviews
17 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

With another couple, we spent three nights at Thalu Bush Camp in Ithala Game Reserve in Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa. The bush camp was very comfortable, clean, fully equipped for a wilderness camp: a liquid propane tank provided energy for gas lights, cooking, refrigeration, hot water; the setting on the stream bank was scenic; and as night fell we... More 

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Cologne, Germany
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

This is a very relaxed Reserve with lots of game to see: Impalas, Zebras, Rhinos, Giraffes, Kudus, Gnus, Wilderbeasts, Warthogs, Ostriches, Baboons etc. Unfortunately the 160 elephants (as we were told) were hiding very well so we didn't meet them, as is also true for the secretive Leopards, which tracks though can be found everywhere. No lions!!! A breathtaking nature,... More 

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