Ndumo Game Reserve, the understated beauty in Northern Kwa Zulu Natal


Ndumo chalet
Ndumo chalet

The Zulu word Ndumo means ‘that is famous’.  The northern Natal game reserve Ndumo, on the Mocambique border, is more a well kept secret than famous.  As a famous musician it would be more Tracey Chapman than Freddy Mercury.

Ndumo sunset

Being a smaller park, distances within the park are all relatively short.  The hide at Ezulweni hide on Nyamithi pan is a 450 meter walk through the bush from the parking area.   The view from the hide revealed a host of bird life, crocodiles sunning themselves on the banks and hippos in the water.


Ndumo AloeNdumo pan hide

Red Cliffs picnic site looks out over a river and Mocambique on the opposite banks.

A loo with a view – Red Cliffs picnic site
Mocambique over the river
Mocambique over the river

Important tips if you visit Ndumo

  • This is a malaria area
  • Take water with you, the tap water is not suitable for drinking, water is for sale at the camp office
  • there is a shop at the town about 2km from the park gate
  • The chalets have a fridge, microwave and very basic utensils.  Cooking is done on gas stoves in a communal kitchen
  • Toilets and showers are in a separate ablution block

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  1. When I was a ma student I did a research dig around that area…heavy malarial area but amazing none the less

  2. This looks like an amazing place to visit – we love the off the beaten track parts of the country

    • It is a lovely break just a bit stressy with kids and maleria. We don’t take the preventative meds because they can mask symptoms

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