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“beautiful nature but: no lions!”

Ithala Game Reserve
Reviewed February 9, 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, knowledgeable guides and very friendly and genuinely caring service.

1  Thank hippokrates
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Reviewed October 9, 2012

Ithala is a very scenic game reserve. Although there are no lions there is still plenty to see- it is also nice that you can get out at the lookout points and picnic sites (due to there being no lions). We stayed in the self catering chalets which are very comfortable, We also ate quite a few times at the restaurant- the food was always very tasty. It is a bit of a different game park experience than that of Kruger- but really nice and relaxing in a fantastic surrounding.

2  Thank Marcelle09_11
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Reviewed September 23, 2012

If you need some serious relaxation go no further than Ithala Game Park in northern Kwazulu Natal. Chalets are basic but clean and within easy walking distance from main reception, dining and bar areas. Unfortunately staff are a little unfriendly and never seem to smile and service is very slow from the snack restaurant. However the whole ambience is quiet and relaxed so maybe ithe problems were from our side in that we expected "fast food type service". Game is not plentiful here and it takes a lot of driving and patience to be rewarded. However 5 white rhino walking in a line is something that can't be really be described to someone who has never experienced the thrill. Small game park and easy to get around even in a family type sedan car so no need for 4 x4.

3  Thank SharksSupporter1
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Reviewed May 17, 2012

After spending two days at a private game reserve I loved my time at Ithala. The chalets are clean, well equipped and excellent value.
We did not join the organised game drives and spotted a lone rhino, elephants, giraffes, baboons, wildebeest, zebra and lots of buck . Admittedly the elephants where seen on a 4x4 only road.
We ended our drive with a drink in the pub and then enjoyed a braai at our chalet.
Keep you eyes open for the monkeys - they will steal the food off your plate if you turn your back for a minute
The staff were friendly and helpful.

2  Thank PetalCT
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Reviewed May 4, 2012

Yes, I agree with other posters that there is not a lot of game here, that is, there are not great herds of animals, but it does make a lovely visual contrast to the other parks. We came to it after a week in Kruger, so we were fine with not seeing much game. That said, we did almost run into a rhino grazing in a turnaround, and saw four together, including a new one born this year. Also, the chalets were quite nice (if a bit suburban), and the backdrop is spectacular. Be sure to look up at the cliffs in the evening for the klipspringers peering over the edge - saw them several times. Also, beware, of course, of the monkeys, one snuck in while we were right there and stole all of our bananas just like a comicbook. Zebra, eland and giraffe we saw in abundance, but the real draw is the lovely vistas and towering crags. Wish we'd stayed another night!

3  Thank adventuresomecali
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