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Itala Game Reserve overlooks the Pongola river valley in the rugged, mountainous thornveld of northern KwaZulu-Natal, and offers a wildlife experience second to none.
The reserve was originally proclaimed a protected area in 1972 and currently covers 29 653 ha, bordering on the south bank of the Pongola river approximately 70 km east of Vryheid.
The topography varies from 400 m above sea level in the north to 1450 m above sea level in the south near Louwsburg. This gives rise to great diversity of habitats, fauna and flora.


  • Some of the oldest rock formations in the world are found here dating back 3 000 million years.

  • The "Big Five" including most of South Africa's wild cats


  • Self-guided Walking Trails A number of self-guided trails traverse the wooded mountainside, inviting guests to enjoy glimpses of the indigenous wildlife while stretching their limbs

  • Self-guided Auto Trails Itala has a number of well laid out auto trails

  • Day and Night Drives Day and night drives are conducted in open viewing vehicles and are a popular tourist attraction in the reserve.

  • Picnicking Picnic sites are situated in several scenic spots which offer spectacular views and are ideal for game watching. These all have barbecue facilities and toilets.

  • Camping Itala offers limited facilities for camping in tents. The reserve's small rustic camp ground has basic facilities for up to 20 people.