Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 7
Mammals: 8
Birds: 9.5
Reptiles: 8
Trees: 9.5

Lookout for

Suni
Red Duiker
Black Rhino
White Rhino
Hippo
Spotted Hyena
Buffalo
Giraffe
Kudu
Nyala
Wildebeest
Zebra
Impala
Waterbuck
Warthog
Baboon

Ndumo Game Reserve is perhaps best known for its magnificent birdlife. The reserve has the highest bird count in South Africa, some 430 species. It is situated along KwaZulu-Natal’s far northern border with Mozambique, near the Tembe Elephant Park. The Usuthu River forms its northern boundary and the Pongola River flows through to its confluence with Usuthu. Abundant birdlife at Ndumo includes rarities such as Pell's Fishing Owl, the African Broadbill, the Southern-banded Snake Eagle, plus a range of aquatic birdlife such as Black Egret, Pygmy Geese and flocks of Pelicans. Ndumo is also home to game 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 tracts, savannah and extensive forests. It is off the beaten track, but provides real adventure and great camping facilities.

Why we like it

Superb birdlife- highest bird count in South Africa; Variety of other wildlife species; Excellent accommodation facilities

Facts & Figures

Park / Reserve Size: 10 000 Hectares
Reserve Type: Provincial Reserve
Big 5: No
Specialist Specie: Hippo
Malaria Area: Yes
Nearest Town: Ingwavuma

Lodges and Camps (click on the links below)

Lodge Budget Lodge Type
Ndumo Camp Self-catering, Camping

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Info

Key Species

MAMMALS
Rhino
Hippo
Giraffe


BRIDS
African Broadbill
Black Egret
Southern-banded Snake Eagle
Pygmy Goose
Rudd's Apalis


REPTILES
Nile Crocodile
Green Mamba
Puff Adder


TREES
Fever Tree
Pod Mahogany
Buffalo Thorn


HABITAT TYPES
Savannah Woodland
Sand Forest
Wetland
Marsh
Open Water
Riverine