Ithala Game Reserve
|Ithala Game Reserve|
Giraffe amid mountainous terrain in Ithala Game Reserve.
|Location||KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa|
|Nearest city||Durban, South Africa|
|Area||290 km2 (110 sq mi)|
|Governing body||Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife|
Ithala Game Reserve, 290 km2 of rugged, mountainous thornveld in northern KwaZulu-Natal, about 400 km north of Durban. It is one of the youngest game parks in South Africa. The altitude varies from 400 m (Phongolo River) to 1450 m (Ngotshe Mountains), so there is a great variation of terrain which extends over lowveld and densely vegetated river valleys to high-lying grassland plateaus, ridges and cliff faces.
All the big game species have been re-established with the exception of lion.
- In the late 1800s land was given by King Dinizulu to white farmers.
- In 1973 the then Natal Parks Board started buying up farms in this area to make up this Reserve.
- There are two abandoned gold mines found at Ithala.
- KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government homepage
- Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife (previous known as Natal Parks Board)
- South African National Parks Official Site