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Location: South Africa » Kwazulu Natal » Zululand » Elephant Coast

Ndumo Game Reserve is best known for its magnificent bird li

Ndumo Game Reserve is perhaps best known for its magnificent bird life with the highest bird count in South Africa, some 430 species. Ndumo Game Reserve is situated near the Tembe Elephant Park on the Mozambique border, the Usuthu River forms its northern boundary and the Pongola River flows through to its confluence with Usutu.

Ndumo Game Reserve boasts many beautiful pans set about with yellow fever trees and extensive wetlands and reedbeds as well as acacia savannah and sand forest.

This varied habitat hosts an astonishing range of aquatic birdlife such as black egret, pygmy geeseand flocks of pelicans.

The prolific birdlife includes many tropical East African forms at the southern limit of their range. Special ticks for birders include Pells fishing owl, the broadbill, and southern banded snake eagle.

With game species such as nyala, bushbuck, impala, red duiker, suni, black and white rhino, hippopotamus and a very large population of crocodiles, Ndumo is a most rewarding area to view wildlife with its wetlands and pans, thick bush and savannah and extensive forests.

Ndumo Game Reserve is of particular interest to entomologists with a very interesting array of insects including 66 recorded species of mosquito.

Visitors may drive through certain areas of the reserve in their own cars, or participate in landrover tours to interesting areas in the company of a tour guide. Depending on the demand, morning and afternoon tours are conducted and arrangements to participate in these tours are made at the reception office.

For the more energetic, day walks in the reserve may be taken in the company of a guide and, here too, arrangements to participate in these walks should be made at the reception office the day before the intended walk.

Accommodation in Ndumo Game Reserve

  • The hutted camp consists of 7 two-bedded squaredavels, each equipped with a hand basin with cold water, a table and three chairs and a refrigerator. Bedding, cutlery and crockery are provided. These seven units have been upgraded and now feature a varandah in the front and an airconditioning unit inside. The camp is served by a kitchen and ablution block with hot and cold water. The camp is equipped with mains electricity.
  • There are eight rustic campsites accommodation 48 people adjacent to the hutted camp that share the camps ablutions.

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