High time we went back to Ithala!

This past Women’s Day long weekend afforded us the opportunity to make a long overdue return visit to one of our favourite South African wild places – the Ithala Game Reserve in northern Kwazulu-Natal. We’ve been singing the praises of this little known yet exceptionally scenic reserve for as long as this blog’s been running and if you’d like to see all our posts about Ithala and learn more about it please follow this link.

While the weekend’s weather ranged from cold, wet and blustery to glorious sunshine, that didn’t curtail our explorations in the least. How could it, when the majestic scenery is so rewarding!?

And, when the sun came out, so did the butterflies and various kinds of reptiles!

Ithala has a rich variety of bird species and many of them are easily seen and photographed in Ntshondwe, the reserve’s main camp.

And of course, what would a “game reserve” be without a rich assortment of large animals? Ithala never disappoints in its variety of mammals, and especially the giraffes (Ithala’s emblem) were out in force!

We spent three nights at Ithala, staying in comfort in Ntshondwe’s chalet #20. Ithala’s a relaxed 6 hour drive on good tarred roads from our home in Pretoria.

Ntshondwe Chalet #20, Ithala Game Reserve, August 2018

Pretoria to Ithala
(drawn with Google Maps)


31 thoughts on “High time we went back to Ithala!

    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      Julle sal defnitief nie spyt wees nie, Dina! Ithala is baie, baie besonders.
      Ntshondwe kamp wemel regtig van die voellewe, insluitend die Kaapse en Witlies Bosbontrokkies! Ons het selfs vir die eerste keer fotos van die geelvleknikator gekry – deel daardie fotos iewers in volgende week.

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  1. John

    What an incredibly beautiful place! It’s a lovely mix of animals you photographed.😊 South Africa has absolutely the most varied nature, and most species of animals in the world. A paradise for animals and nature lovers.

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  2. Esta

    your pictures are wonderful – I love your posts – make me home sick – we always loved the wild nature – so quiet and peaceful – no place like it

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