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Ithala 4×4 Safari

LR Classic Safaris is hosting the Ithala 4×4 Safari for 4 nights to the Ithala Game Reserve in KZN
Thursday 1 April to Monday 5 April 2021 Soft off-road vehicle / SUV friendly

Join LR Classic Safaris on an authentic epic camping safari to Northern KZN at the Ithala Game Reserve from Thursday 1 April to Monday 5 April 2021. Fully self-sufficient self-drive safari in your beloved 4×4.

Itinerary: Camping with full ablutions but no electricity

  • Thursday 1 April 2021: Rendezvous at the Sasol garage just outside Kinross on the N17. Please note we will depart from the Sasol garage at 08:00 sharp. We have around 350km to travel in convoy through rural South Africa via Volksrust, Utrecht and Vryheid before we reach Ithala Game Reserve entrance gate. Last major town before we enter Ithala Game Reserve is Vryheid. Fuel is available at the reserve gate. We will check in at main reception some distance from the entrance gate. Our camp site is Doornkraal in the heart of the reserve.  Please note: Doornkraal is unfenced (Big 4 game reserve), no electricity available, does have particularly good ablutions with hot showers and flush toilets. The campsite is situated in a valley next to the Mbizane river.
  • Friday 2 April, Saturday 3 April, and Sunday 4 April: Early morning coffee and rusks before game drives in the reserve. We will traverse gravel roads and 4×4 routes in the reserve. Ithala has designated picnic spots with ablution facilities where we will have brunch before returning to camp or reception facilities for a swim or drinks on the patio overlooking a water hole. An abundance of game so spot, prolific birdlife, scenic routes, unique fauna and flora, picturesque hills and valleys, “beautiful” soil erosion dongas, etc. Afternoon game drives and sundowners at designated spots.
  • Monday 5 April: Return home;  +-350km to Gauteng.

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A bit more on Ithala Game Reserve:

This spectacular reserve, tumbling from the heights of the Ngotshe Mountains a thousand meters down into a deep valley, carved over the eons by the Phongolo River revealing the world’s oldest rock formations makes Ithala Game Reserve a game viewers paradise.

Ithala Game Reserve is located within the rugged, mountainous thornveld of northern KwaZulu-Natal, the reserve’s multitude of habitats host a spectacular array of wildlife species. Its panoramic beauty aside, Ithala Game Reserve’s most characteristic attribute is perhaps its astonishing geological diversity. Some of the oldest rock formations in the entire world are found at Ithala Game Reserve, dating back 3 000 million years.

With a topographic profile varying from 400m above sea level in the north to 1 450m near Louwsberg in the south, Ithala’s terrain extends over lowveld and densely vegetated riverine valleys to high-lying grassland plateaus, ridges and cliff faces. The area now proclaimed as Ithala Game Reserve has been occupied by man for thousands of years and there are many sites littered with stone age spear and axe heads dating back some 20,000 years.
There has even been a middle stone age tool found by archaeologists which pushes the date back to anything up to 200,000 years. Recently, in the last few hundred years, with the advent of the Nguni people, iron smelting took place in Ithala and there are a number of smelting sites adjacent to deposits of banded ironstone which was crushed to provide the iron ore.

Ithala Game Reserve has presented the setting for a number of ancient events, from Shaka’s rule together with those of successive Zulu kings, to a variety of gold mining enterprises in the early years of the 20th Century. Ithala Game Reserve provides an outstanding vehicle trail to aid guest’s game watching, and a notated guide booklet is available in the shop at Ntshondwe, Ithala’s superbly designed, multi-award-winning camp.

Note: The convoy will be limited to 4 guest-vehicles only – early booking is essential to ensure participation on this epic Safari to Ithala Game Reserve. VHF communication radio is compulsory for this Safari.

Soft off-roader / SUV friendly

Any 4×4 or soft off-road vehicle / SUV welcome to join the fun!

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