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ITALA GAME RESERVE
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.
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
Auto Trails Itala
has a number of well laid out auto trails
Night Drives Day and night drives are conducted in open viewing
vehicles and are a popular tourist attraction 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 toilets.
Itala offers limited facilities for camping in tents. The
reserve's small rustic camp ground has basic facilities for up to 20