The private Ntshondwe Lodge has a very impressive outlook. Towering above the camp, horizontal contours of pink and russet sandstone, offset the vertical jagged spires of dolerite rock.
These crags provide an ideal haven for a variety of raptors, their calls echoing from rock face as they soar.
Ntshondwe Camp at a Glance
- 39 x self-catering chalets - with 2, 4 & 6 beds
- 1 x 6-bed lodge, 3 bedrooms, each with en-suite bathroom & private swimming pool
- 28 x chalets without catering facilities
- Fully licensed restaurant
- Open game viewing deck and water-hole
- Bird hide
- Swimming pool
- Satellite TV (DStv Compact)
Ntshondwe's 39 brick under thatch chalets blend into their setting amongst acacias, wild figs, cabbage trees and other indigenous flora.
A variety of self-catering chalets, with two, four and six beds each, some of which have being designed for use by the handicapped are available, while 28 other chalets without catering facilities are geared for tour groups and conference delegates.
These are situated close to the conference and visitors' centre, which has a fully licensed restaurant, a bar and a game-viewing deck which overlooks a small water hole.
Other amenities include a swimming pool built around a giant rock, a fully-equipped conference centre, and an imaginatively stocked curio shop which also carries a range of basic provisions.
Ithala has a range of landscapes and habitats from the highland grasslands at the top of the Ngotshe Mountains to the bushveld and riparian forests along the Pongola River, a thousand metres below.
Characterised by deep bush-filled valleys and gorges with clear streams cascading over numerous waterfalls into deep pools, and expansive grassy plateaus with large herds of plains game, such as blue wildebeest, tssessebe and red hartebeest, Ithala offers a variety of activities for visitors.
Ithala's self-guided walking trails
A number of self-guided trails traverse the wooded mountainside above Ntshondwe Camp, inviting guests to enjoy glimpses of the indigenous wildlife while exercising.
The sight of black rhino and elephant droppings along these paths can add a rush of adrenaline to the experience.
Rhino occasionally enter the camp at night, therefore visitors are advised to exercise caution when walking around the camp in the evenings.
Day and night drives
Day and night drives are conducted in open game-viewing vehicles and are a popular tourist attraction in the reserve. These can be booked at the Ntshondwe Camp office.
Self-guided auto trails
Ithala has a number of well laid out auto trails with markers at points of interest. These enable visitors to discover and appreciate aspects of the reserve’s fascinating wildlife and geology in the comfort of their own vehicles.
Driving along these routes one is constantly struck by the wide range of habitats which support a large biodiversity of plant, bird and animal life in the reserve.
Picnic sites are situated in several scenic spots which offer spectacular views and are ideal for game watching. These all have barbecue facilities and ablutions.
Visitors to Ntshondwe may book a guided walk at Reception.