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Ithala Game reserve

Our previous visit to Ithala was 7 years ago as newly weds, that time we stayed in a tent at a camp site and I have special memories of the experience.  This time we stayed in a cottage at Ntshondwe resort.

Ithala Game Reserve is 75km from Vryheid in the battlefields area of Northern Natal.  It hosts 4 of the big 5, the exclusion being Lion.

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Our thatched self catered cottage was peaceful and secluded, surrounded by bush.  The naughty vervet monkeys were a pest but Acacia loved them.  One jumped into our car and pinched one of Fjord’s swimming armbands, he was most upset to see monkey at the top of a tree chewing on his armband which it must have been sorely disappointed after taking it to be a bag of crisps or something yummy.  At night a bushbaby climbed onto our outside table looking for scraps, unfortunately I called to Cliff with such excitement that it ran off.

Normally I don’t want a TV intruding on a bush break but I was most grateful to have DSTV as an avid cricket fan I was able to watch T20 world cup games.

We went for a short walk to the top of a small hill and watched a troop of baboons on the opposite hill fighting and kicking up quite a spectacular din.  Fjord and Cliff did a few longer walks which I could not do as we didn’t bring the hiking back pack for Acacia.

We self catered except for one buffet supper at the restaurant.

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The children loved the swimming pool which has a lovely big shallow section for little ones.  While I lay next to the pool taking in the peace and watching light and shadow play on rocks I resolved to try to make just 15 mins a day to do nothing but absorb my surroundings, it is so good for the soul to simply be.  I’m not sure if I will do this but it is something to strive for.

We celebrated national braai day (heritage day) with a braai under a lovely Acacia tree at a nearby picnic spot.

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