About Ndumo


  • Ndumo Game Reserve is situated in Maputaland near Tembe Elephant Park on the Mozambique border.
  • The Usuthu River forms its northern boundary and the Pongola River flows through the reserve to its confluence with the Usuthu River. 
  • The reserve is 10 117 ha in extent. 
  • Ndumo is perhaps best known for its magnificent bird life with the highest bird count in South Africa, some 430 species. 
  • Ndumo has many beautiful pans set about with yellow fever trees and extensive wetlands and reedbeds as well as acacia savannah and sand forest.

What To Do On Arrival

  • On arrival all visitors to the reserve, whether day visitors or those being accommodated in the hutted camp or entrance charge will be levied.
  • The office hours are 08:00- 12:00 and 13:00- 16:00 daily.
  • Visitors taking up reservations must report to the reception office by 15:30 on the day of their reservation.
  • Due to the distance, visitors wishing to stay in the reserve are strongly advised to obtain confirmed reservation for accommodations the nearest hotel is at Mkuze 110km away.

What To Bring

  • Everything is supplied for the visitor except food and beverages. Please note however that as of the 17 May 2015, services of a cook are no longer provided to visitors at Ndumo. All guests are asked to cook for themselves.
  • However, beers, wine, ice cream and cold drinks are on sale at the curio Shop.
  • No provisions of any kind can be purchased in the reserve, but basic foods, petrol and oil are obtainable from a store 2km from the entrance to the game reserve.
  • It is essential to take anti- malaria medication as recommended by your pharmacy.
  • Hats and torches are also advisable.


  • Ndumo falls within the endemic malaria area and visitors are urged to take the necessary precautions. Bilharzia is also present in the area
  • The speed limit throughout the reserve is 40 km/h
  • Pets are not permitted within the reserve
  • Littering is an offence and offenders will be prosecuted
  • It is an offence to pick or damage any plant or disturb or kill any animal
  • Portable radios should be played with great discretion
  • For your won safety, you are requested not to proceed along roads where “No Entry” signs have been erected
  • You may leave your vehicle in the precincts of the rest camp, at game viewing hides, designated picnic areas, or in the event of mechanical breakdown.
  • The lighting of fires is only permitted in proper fireplaces. Please also extinguish cigarettes properly and place them in the proper receptacles. Do not throw them out of windows
  • Firearms must be declared on arrival
  • The entrance gate is closed from sunset to sunrise and is open during the following hours
  • Summer 05: 00- 19:00 (October- 31 March)
  • Winter 06:00- 18:00 (1 April- 30 September)

How To Get There

  • From the north or south follow the N2 and turn off at Jozini.
  • Go through the town and across the dam wall then follow the road until you see the Ndumo sign posts.

GPS Co-Ordinates

  • 32d18'48.85"E 26d54'32.48"S