Ntshondwe Camp

National Park Camps | Ithala | South Africa Ntshondwe Camp is 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 and riverine valleys and high-lying grassland plateaus with cliffs and ridges, ensuring a diverse African safari experience.

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The reserve is home to an abundance of different species. Especially notable is the very high number of giraffes that grace Ithala.

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Rating | Comfortable

Highlights & What to Expect

  • Three picnic sites with views of the park are ideal for a late breakfast.
  • Accommodation at Ntshondwe is of a higher standard than that of the camps in Kruger National Park.
  • The park is home to four of the Big Five, with only lions not found in the reserve.
  • Twice daily game drives and bush walks are offered and can be booked at reception.
  • The Horace Rall Viewpoint on a platform extending from the edge of the Ngotse Mountain offers splendid views of the imposing countryside and a vantage point from which to view klipspringers, mountain reedbuck, and soaring black eagles.

Location & Setting

The camp is in Ithala Game Reserve near Louwsburg, about five hours from Johannesburg and Durban. The terrain is stunning, with mountain peaks and deep valleys densely wooded by Acacia trees. Though not one of South Africa's most famous conservation areas, those visiting KwaZulu-Natal should consider a safari in these unique surroundings.


Ntshondwe Camp consists of 39 thatched chalets. The chalets are surrounded by lush indigenous flora. Each chalet is tastefully decorated and equipped with an en suite bathroom. The chalets are situated around the main lodge against a rocky outcrop. There are one two and three bedroomed chalets.


The main lodge has a restaurant where quality meals are served, a bar, and a game-viewing deck that 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 and the most basic necessities.






Swimming Pool



Game Drives

Bush Dining

Bird Watching

Bush Walks


Bush Picnics

Night Drives

Culture Tours