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 […]

Historical Ithala Game Reserve Revisited – by guest author Gwynne Howells The historical Ithala Game Reserve must be scenically the most beautiful protected area in South Africa. The deep forested gorges and valleys, grassy plateaus and rugged cliffs confront you at every turn. It is certainly a land of wood and water with many perennial streams and rivers rushing down the face of the Ngotshe Mountain to join with the […]

Winter is slowly but surely releasing its grip on us and the reserve has begun the annual burns. A large area north of the Msunduze River is now black with ash making way for new grass growth during spring. Some exciting news is that our leopard sightings along the Msunduse river have been picking up with a number of cats spotted over the past month. Some have been seen quite […]

Guest Post by Leopard Mountain Lodge by rangers Ivor, Chase and Adam during their walks and drives at  Zululand Rhino Reserve. We trust you have had a great month. Where to start? Perhaps with the evidence of a battle of the cats as lion fights leopard,  or an irritated Black Rhino who chased Ostriches through the plains. Maybe the sighting of the usually elusive Aardvark which made our night drive extra special […]

The 2013 audit for iSimangaliso has been released, and the Auditor-General has given a thumbs up to a clean audit and performance review. Covering a financial as well as performance review, the audit confirms iSimangaliso has achieved its objectives committed to in its business plan submitted to the Minister of Environmental Affairs and National Parliament. Inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1999, the iSimangaliso of today is a […]

April Rangers Report from Leopard Mountain: The weather has been keeping us on our toes making us glance out the window first before stepping outside. We’ve had everything from rain to sunshine, overcast and windy days yet the game drives and sightings have been great. This month our feline friends have been keeping us quite busy and entertained. On one of our night drives our head ranger, Chase, managed to […]

Ubizane Wildlife Reserve Revamp – Ubizane Wildlife Reserve is situated four kilometers from Hluhluwe Town, and on the access road to Hluhluwe-Umfolozi National Park. A mere two and a half hour’s drive from Durban’s King Shaka airport makes this a very accessible destination to experience the local bush life, including the Greater St Lucia World Heritage Site. At the summit of Ubizane, Zulu for the Place of Calling,  is where the […]

Rangers report from Leopard Mountain brings sightings of wild dog,leopard, elephant and rhino. A special treat is an account of a Blackbacked Puffback taking on a feared Boomslang and coming out on top of this encounter.