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Ithala Game Reserve

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Address: Louwsburg, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 21 424 1037
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Beautiful Reserve - Quiet and Peaceful

IThala Game Reserve is a really special place. It is usually quite quiet and you never get stuck in those awful game viewing queues of cars. For most of the time we felt like we... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 October 2016
MegCr0sby
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Durban, South Africa
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Durban, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

IThala Game Reserve is a really special place. It is usually quite quiet and you never get stuck in those awful game viewing queues of cars. For most of the time we felt like we were the only people in the reserve! What is really great about this reserve is the scenery - no other game reserve that I can... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

Had heard much about Ithala and finally made it through a drought-stricken northern Natal. The reserve is situated in stunningly beautiful surroundings and the camp no less so. We would advise care in running the gauntlet of vervet monkeys to the reception. This was the first time we had actually been attacked, by a pair who came close to getting... More 

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George, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Ithala remains one of my favorite places - close to my heart as we got married there in 2010. Unmatched scenery, a visit here is the perfect weekend getaway. Friendly and accommodating staff ensure your visit is a memorable one.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

We stayed for 2 nights in August as we wanted to break the journey between the Battlefields around Dundee and our next stop at St Lucia. We really enjoy game viewing and Ithala is a self-drive reserve. To be more precise it is really only a self-drive reserve if you have a high clearance vehicle. The scenery is absolutely, spectacularly,... More 

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1 Thank TonyNorwich
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Having visited most game reserves in South Africa, Ithala stands out way above all others in terms of peaceful, soul regenerating tranquility. The restaurant was superb and very reasonably priced. A must visit in the area!

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Salmon Arm, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

We had a nice day but not much luck with the animals. Giraffes close, elephants far away. Road covered in elephant poop so we know they were there, just couldn't see them. Lots of smaller animals, no cats.

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Cape Town, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016 via mobile

Decided to stay at this lovely little park on the way from Kruger to Durban. Travelling with 3 young kids (2, 4 and 6) we need to limit the distances. Ithala is well positioned just 4 hours from Durban. It is small, being able to be driven end-to-end in a day. The roads are mixed encompassing a tarred main road... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2016

I spent the whole day exploring the game reserve, paid the 65 rand for the privalage (around £3) and enjoyed the most stunning wildlife and scenery. Lots of giraffe, zebra, wilder beast and water hogs!

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Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2016 via mobile

This place has some spectacular scenery and also good for seeing the many different species of wildlife on the open plains. Whilst the tarmac roads are suitable for normal cars, some of the dirt track loop roads will require a 4x4, more for height than anything else, but there are also organised trips run by the centre. We had on... More 

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2016

We stayed three nights in Ntshondwe Lodge so had two days to view the game in the reserve. It is basically a self-drive although we booked one driven and one walking game drive. We saw both black and white rhino, both from our car and on foot. No big cats but we knew there were no lions before we arrived.... More 

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