Ntshondwe Camp

The handsomely thatched structures of Ntshondwe Camp in South Africa's Ithala Game Reserve.

Ntshondwe rolls across the slopes of the Ngotshe Mountains in Ithala Game Reserve.

Price From:
POA
Type:
Rest Camp
Level:
National Park
Star Rating:
N/A
Location:
Ithala, South Africa
No of Units:
39

Ntshondwe Camp is located in the Ithala Game Reserve in northern KwaZulu-Natal. The reserve stretches from the Ngotshe Mountains into a deep valley, carved by the Pongola River over millions of years. Ithala's topography extends over lowveld as well as riverine valleys and high-lying grassland plateaus with cliffs and ridges, ensuring a diverse safari experience. The reserve is home to an abundance of different species. Especially notable is the very high number of giraffe which grace Ithala.

Ntshondwe Camp consists of 39 thatched chalets. The chalets are surrounded by a lush growth of indigenous flora. Each chalet is tastefully decorated and equipped with an en suite bathroom. The chalets are situated around the main lodge.

The main lodge has a restaurant where quality meals are served, a bar and a game-viewing deck which looks out onto a small pan. The camp's swimming pool is built around a giant rock at the foot of a hillside. A small shop offers locally-made arts and crafts as well as the most basic of necessities.

There are various picnic sites on the reserve that are equipped with braai areas and toilets. These are ideal places to enjoy a late breakfast or lunch. Ithala, though not as well known as some of the other reserves found in the country, offers an incredible South African safari experience.

Riaan's Review

In my opinion, Ntshondwe is the finest of all the national park camps in South Africa. Ithala is not one of the most well-known of South Africa's safari areas. It is, however, a great national park to visit. The varied terrain creates an abundance of ecosystems inhabited by a large number of different mammals. You will have a most comfortable stay at Ntshondwe, with well-appointed en suite rooms and a setting that is truly impressive. The game drives are sure to be enjoyable and the quality of meals served in the local restaurant is very good.

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