Ithala Game Reserve was once part of the old Pongola Game Reserve, the first to be proclaimed in South Africa, and is now administered by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife. Situated in the Northern Natal Mountains near Louwsburg on the R69, and just 42km from Vryheid, Ithala is a short detour off Route 66 and well worth a visit. On offer is a modern up-market facility, situated within an authentic 30 000ha African […]

One of the ‘must see’ conservation areas in South Africa, uMkhuze Game Reserve is one of the oldest in the world. Established in 1912, the park covers 38,000 ha of varied habitat, ranging from the forested banks of the uMkhuzi River, to the dry sand forest, wooded open grassland, as well as reed-beds and pans. Exploring uMkhuze Game Reserve you will find flat and undulating grasslands, with the Nsumo Pan being […]

Guest author Gwynne Howells takes us on a journey of discovering the ancient forests of KwaZulu-Natal, and how life has adapted around them since the beginning of time. Today, forests occupy approximately one-third of Earth’s land area, account for over two-thirds of the leaf area of land plants, and contain about 70% of carbon present in living things. They have been held in reverence in folklore and worshiped in ancient religions. […]