The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Ndumo Game Reserve

Afrikaans name: Ndumo Wildtuin

Ndumo Game Reserve

Photo © Pete Swanepoel

KwaZulu-Natal

Ndumo Game Reserve is situated on the border between Mozambique and South Africa in an area known as Maputaland. It is not far from the Tembe Elephant Park.

The reserve is just over 10,000 hectares in size. There is a variety of habitats in the reserve including sand forest, acacia savannah, vleis and pans.

Besides a few huts and some campsites there are no real facilities in the reserve so visitors should take all their food, drinks and other supplies with them.

Ndumo's claim to fame is its extensive list of birds that have been recorded in the reserve. This is quite possibly the best birdwatching site in South Africa.

Besides the birds there is plenty else to see including crocodiles, Hippo, Cape Buffalo, Black Rhino, white rhino, Suni, Giraffes, Bushbuck, Nyala and more.

Ndumo Game Reserve is situated in a malaria area so suitable preventative measures should be taken. Bilharzia is also present in the rivers and wetlands in the reserve.

Ndumo camp site

Above - Ndumo Game Reserve camping area

Photo © Pete Swanepoel

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Mammals of Ndumo Game Reserve

Please note that this is only a guide and, while we have made every effort to be accurate, we can't be held responsible for any errors.

Aardwolf

Antbear / Aardvark

Banded Mongoose

Black Rhino

Black-backed Jackal

Burchell's Zebra

Bush Pig

Bushbuck

Cape Buffalo

Cape Porcupine

Chacma Baboon

Civet

Common Duiker

Dwarf Mongoose

Hippopotamus

Honey Badger

Impala

Kudu

Leopard

Nyala

Pangolin / Scaly Anteater

Red Duiker

Reedbuck

Samango Monkey

Scrub Hare

Serval

Side-striped Jackal

Spotted Hyena

Springhare

Striped Polecat

Suni

Vervet Monkey

Warthog

Water Mongoose

White Rhino

Wild Cat


References and further reading

African Wildlife - Vol 36 No 4/5 - Author: - Published: 1982 - Page: 164

Atlas of National Parks and Reserves of South Africa - Author: Marielle Renssen - Published: 2006 - Page: 82

Birding Hotspots - Author: Trevor Hardaker - Published: 2007 - Page: 31

Caravan & Outdoor Life - Issue 650 - Author: - Published: 2016 - Page: 40

Caravan & Outdoor Life - Issue 674 - Author: - Published: 2018 - Page: 22

Chris and Tilde Stuarts Guide to Southern African Game and Nature Reserves - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Published: 1989 - Page: 127

Conollys Guide to Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Denis Conolly - Published: 1982 - Page: 215

Country Life - Issue 209 - Author: - Published: 2013 - Page: 58

go! - Issue 135 - Author: - Published: 2017 - Page: 50

go! - Issue 184 - Author: - Published: 2022 - Page: 46

Hit the Road - 2nd Edition - Author: MapStudio - Published: 2018 - Page: 195

Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of SA - 2nd edn - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1991 - Page: 146

Maps of the Zululand and Maputaland Reserves - Author: Honeyguide Publications - Published: 2016 - Page: 4

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 1995 - Page: 146

On Route - Explore South Africa region by region - 3rd edition - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 2014 - Page: 268

Places to Visit in Southern Africa - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1995 - Page: 161

Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Published: 1986 - Page: 370

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1991 - Page: 254

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1991 - Page: 318

Southern African Birdfinder - Author: Cohen, Spottiswoode and Rossouw - Published: 2006 - Page: 145

Stuarts Field Guide to National Parks & Nature Reserves of SA - 2nd ed - Author: Chris & Mathilde Stuart - Published: 2018 - Page: 116

The Pictorial Motoring Atlas of South Africa - Author: Maxwell Leigh - Published: 1987 - Page: 135

The Rough Guide to Game Parks of South Africa - Author: P. Briggs - Published: 2020 - Page: 170

Things to do in Moer & Gone Places - Author: Jacques Marais - Published: 2015 - Page: 154

Top Birding Spots in Southern Africa - Author: Hugh Chittenden - Published: 1992 - Page: 246

Where to see Birds in KwaZulu-Natal - Author: Bennett and Herbert - Published: 1995 - Page: 46

Where to see Birds in Natal - Author: Gordon Bennett - Published: 1989 - Page: 31

Where to Watch Birds in Southern Africa - Author: A. Berruti and J.C. Sinclair - Published: 1983 - Page: 180

Wild Issue 11 - Author: - Published: 2010 - Page: 34

Wild Issue 21 - Author: - Published: 2012 - Page: 44

Wild Issue 47 - Author: - Published: 2019 - Page: 54

Wild Issue 47 - Author: - Published: 2019 - Page: 60


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