Ndumo Game Reserve

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68km from Jozini

-26.9093, 32.3139


+27 33 845 1000


Ndumo Game Reserve is perhaps best known for its magnificent bird life with the highest bird count in South Africa - an exceptional 430 species. 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 boasts many beautiful pans set about with yellow fever trees and extensive wetlands and reed beds as well as acacia savannah and sand forest. This varied habitat hosts an astonishing range of aquatic birdlife such as black egret, pygmy geese and flocks of pelicans. The prolific birdlife includes many tropical East African species at the southern limit of their range. Special ‘ticks’ for birders include Pel's fishing owl, the broadbill, and the southern banded snake eagle.

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

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. Visitors can do own-car game drives, or participate in guided land rover tours to interesting areas. The reserve also conducts morning and afternoon tours. For the more energetic, day walks may be taken in the company of a guide.

The hutted camp consists of seven 2-bed squaredavels, each equipped with a hand basin with cold water, a table and chairs, a refrigerator, an air-conditioning unit, bedding, cutlery, and a veranda.

The camp is served by a kitchen and ablution block with hot and cold water and is equipped with mains electricity. There are eight rustic campsites adjacent to the hutted camp, which accommodate 48 people, sharing the camp’s ablutions.


  • 7 cottages, sleep 2 people each
  • Campground, maximum occupancy 48