Ndumo Game Reserve is situated in Maputaland near Tembe Elephant Park on the Mozambique border. The Usuthu River forms its northern boundary, and the Pongola River flows through the reserve to its confluence with the Usuthu River. The reserve is 10 117 ha in extent. Ndumo is perhaps best known for its magnificent bird life, with the highest bird count in South Africa - some 430 species. Ndumo has many beautiful pans set about with yellow fever trees and extensive wetlands and reedbeds, as well as acacia savannah and sand forest.
Accommodation in Ndumo
Accommodation - Resort
- The resort consists of seven 2-bedded squaredavels, each equipped with a hand basin with hot and cold water and a refrigerator.
- Bedding, cutlery and crockery are provided.
- The resort is served by a communal kitchen and ablution block with hot and cold water.
- The resort is equipped with Eskom electricity.
- Please note that as of the 17 May 2015, meals are no longer prepared in communal kitchens by experienced cooks. Guests are requested to prepare their own meals.
- Check in time for the rest huts is 14:00 on the day of arrival, and check out time 10:00 on the day of departure.
Accommodation - Campsite
- There is a campsite comprising 14 shaded campsites, each equipped with electric power points and barbeque stands.
- The campsite caters for both caravans and tents, and is situated in a beautiful setting under the trees near the resort.
- Cold water is available from three taps distributed within the campsite.
- Campers can make use of communal ablutions used by guests in hutted accommodation.
Activities in Ndumo
- Whilst the reserve is best known for its magnificent bird life, game viewing can be most rewarding.
- Species such as hippopotamus, crocodile, nyala, bushbuck, impala, grey and red duiker can also be seen.
- Both black and white rhino, giraffe and suni can also be seen.
- If you are lucky you may also see buffalo. These are confined mainly to the swampy flood plain areas.
- The bird life in the reserve is prolific, and many tropical East African forms are found here at the sourthern limit of their range.
- There is also a wealth of aquatic bird life on the many pans within the reserve.
- Noteworthy examples of the birds to be seen here are black egret, pygmy geese, white-faced ducks, crested guineafowl, jacanas and pel’s fishing owls.
- Fish eagles are ubiquitous and their call accompanies visitors on their game and bird viewing drives.
- The large population of crocodiles is a particular feature of this reserve, and the area is one of the unusual interest to entomologists.
- 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.