Ithala - Ntshondwe View
Ithala - Ntshondwe Restaurant View
Ithala - Ntshondwe Camp View
Ithala - River Scenic Landscape
Ithala - Mhlangeni Bush Lodge
Ithala - Ntshondwe

Services in Ithala


  • Ntshondwe resort nestles on the slopes of the Ngotshe plateau and commands spectacular views of the reserve. Accommodation consists of 39 two to six-bed chalets and a luxury lodge with its own swimming pool.
  • Self catering Chalets are fully-equipped, self-contained and serviced, having one or more bedrooms, lounge/dining-room, bathroom, toilet and kitchenette equipped with cutlery, crockery, stove and fridge.
  • Linen is provided. You are required to do your own cooking.
  • 28 Conference Chalets can accommodate 56 guests in twin bedded rooms with bathroom, DSTV, small fridge and tea/coffee making facilities.
  • The lodge, which has similar facilities, is a six-bed, en suit three-bedroomed unit and is luxuriously appointed.
  • The lodge is built in a saddle between two high points and looks out over the reserve.
  • Please provide your own food and beverages.
  • However, the nearby reception complex offers a licensed restaurant with a take-away facility and bar as well as a small shop at which basic provisions, curios, books, charcoal and photographic film may be purchased.
  • The restaurant complex is situated beside a waterhole at which a variety of animals come to drink.
  • There is a wonderful swimming pool, which is set amongst a group of very large boulders in the grounds of the camp, available to residents.
  • A modern, well equipped conference centre provides an excitingly different venue for meetings and symposia.
  • This facility is set in pleasant surroundings adjacent to the main camp, to ensure a disturbance-free conference.
  • It caters for 90 delegates in the main venue and has two additional break-away rooms which can accommodate 18 delegates each.
  • An atmosphere has been created which is conducive to a successful conference while making available the tremendous range of facilities which Ithala has to offer.


  • These are accommodation units with a difference.
  • Bush camps are fully equipped with cutlery, crockery, linen and cooking utensils.
  • A gas fridge and a stove are provided although cooking is usually done over an open fire.
  • You are required to do your own cooking. Gas lights are provided.
  • The Ithala bush camps can house four, eight or ten people respectively and are built of wooden poles, reeds and thatch.
  • Each camp has its own, unique character and is situated away from other tourist areas to give residents complete privacy.


  • Tucked away at the foot of a steep slope on the banks of the Thalu River, this unit accommodates four people in two bedrooms situated on either side of a central lounge and dining area.
  • One bedroom has a double bed and the other has two single beds.
  • A rustic hot/cold shower and flush toilet are provided.
  • The design of the bush camp incorporates picture windows which give the impression of being "right in the bush".
  • There is also a well-appointed braai area perched above a magnificent pool.


  • Situated at a point where the Thalu forms a series of rapids and wide pools on its descent to the Thalu River, the Mbizo bush camp has been built to give its occupants the best advantage of the surrounding area.
  • This camp accommodates eight people in two separate four bed units, each having two rooms, one with a double bed and the other two single beds.
  • Each unit has separate hot and cold shower and toilet facilities.
  • A communal braai and campfire area is situated between the two units.


  • From its vantage point on a rocky knoll overlooking the Ncence River, this exciting bush camp offers its residents complete privacy and solitude in an idyllic setting.
  • Mhlangeni has five two-bed units.
  • There are three hot and cold water ablution facilities with flush toilets.
  • The communal lounge/dining-room/kitchen area is set above a sun deck and braai area providing unrivalled game-viewing opportunities.
  • The camp is set amongst the large boulders of one of the many granite outcrops typical of the area.


  • Please bring your own food, beverages and torches as well as any other personal items.


  • Walking is encouraged but only under the supervision of a field guide unless one of the self guided trails are taken.
  • This can be booked for an additional fee in advance through Ntshondwe Resort Reception.
  • Most rivers are free of crocodiles and bilharzia so swimming is permitted at Thalu and Mbizo camps.
  • Please take care when swimming and ensure that children are supervised at all times.
  • Game-viewing and bird-watching is excellent from the sun-decks or verandas of the camps.


  • Ithala has a small rustic campground with three campsites providing basic facilities for up to 20 people.
  • There is a shower, a flush toilet and a kitchen.
  • A thatched lounge/dining shelter is available for use as a communal facility. As with most of Ithala's visitor facilities, the camp ground is situated on a river which is free from bilharzia.
  • Campers may swim in the pools below the camp.
  • Campers need to provide their own food, beverages and equipment.
  • No caravans are allowed due to the steep roads leading to the reserve.
  • Bookings are made through Central Reservations. Refer to the section on bookings for further information on Page 42.


  • Three picnic sites have been established.
  • Please refer to the enclosed map for the location of these sites which all have braai facilities and toilets.
  • Charcoal and/or wood are on sale at Ntshondwe Resort Curio Shop.
  • You may, of course, bring your own wood or charcoal.
  • In the interest of good conservation practice, please do not gather firewood from the bush around the picnic sites or in the park.
  • The rivers running past the picnic sites are shallow but safe to swim in.
  • Please take care when swimming and make sure that children are supervised at all times.
  • Please make sure that your braai fire has been properly extinguished before you leave the area as fire is a very real hazard, particularly in the dry winter months.

Ithala Gallery