Ndumo Game Reserve is perhaps best known for its magnificent bird life with the highest bird count in South Africa, some 430 species.
Situated near the Tembe Elephant Park on the Mozambique border, the Usuthu River forms its northern boundary and the Pongola River flows along the eastern boundary to its confluence with the 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 forms at the southern limit of their range. Special ticks for birders include Pel’s Fishing Owl, the African 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 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.
Gate Opening and Closing Times:
Summer (October to March) 05h00 to 19h00
Winter (April to September) 06h00 to 18h00
Camp Telephone Number: (035) 5910058
Guided Walk R100 p/adult R50 p/child
Game Drive R200 p/adult R100/child
Day visitor Entry fee R40.00 per adult R20.00 per child PLUS R35.00 per vehicle, 11-20 passengers R70.00, more than 20 passengers or mass above 3000 kg R140.00
From Shayamoya travel South on the N2 Highway for 25km. Turn left towards Jozini. Go through the town on top of the Lebombo Mountain Range, as you are exiting the town, turn left towards Kosi Bay, over the dam wall and continue for 40km. You will reach a T-Junction where you turn right and continue on until you see the Reserve turn off on your left. Continue along this road for approximately 15km to the entrance.