Ithala Game Reserve

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Ithala Game Reserve
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Giraffe amid mountainous terrain in Ithala
Map showing the location of Ithala Game Reserve
Map showing the location of Ithala Game Reserve
Location of the reserve in KwaZulu-Natal
Location KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Nearest city Durban, South Africa
Coordinates 27°32′48″S 31°18′49″E / 27.546705°S 31.313532°E / -27.546705; 31.313532Coordinates: 27°32′48″S 31°18′49″E / 27.546705°S 31.313532°E / -27.546705; 31.313532
Area 290 km2 (110 sq mi)
Established 1973
Governing body Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife

Ithala Game Reserve is situated in 290 km2 of rugged, mountainous thornveld, about 400 km north of Durban, in northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It is one of the youngest game parks in South Africa. The altitude varies from 400 m along the Phongolo River to 1,450 m along the Ngotshe Mountain escarpment. The reserve consequently encompasses a great variation of terrain, from densely vegetated river valleys and lowveld to high-lying grassland plateaus, mountain ridges and cliff faces.


Grazers include Impala, Red hartebeest, Tsessebe, Blue wildebeest, Eland and Reedbuck. With the exception of Reedbuck, they been observed to produce young seasonally around November to December in Ithala, when ample green forage is available.[1] The browsers include duiker, Bushbuck, Nyala, Kudu and Giraffe, which deliver their young at any time of the year.[1]


All the big game species have been re-established with the exception of lion. Locally extinct Red-billed oxpeckers were reintroduced from the Kruger Park, c. 1994, when 175 birds were released.[1]


  • In the late 1800s land was given by King Dinizulu to boer 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 in Ithala.

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  1. ^ a b c Dames, Koos (2013). Bykans 70 jaar se onthou.. pp. 25, 50. 

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