Wildlife & Animals – Ithala GR

Philip Briggs
Expert
By Philip Briggs

Philip lives in South Africa and is the author many guidebooks to African destinations, including the Bradt and Insight guide to South Africa.

Philip lives in South Africa and is the author many Africa guidebooks, including the Bradt and Insight guide to South Africa.

Philip is the author of many Africa guidebooks, including the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Philip is the author of the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Ithala offers reasonable wildlife viewing in a splendid setting. It isn't a place to see a lot of predator action or to check off the Big Five, but several unusual antelope species can be seen. Both black and white rhino are present, and white rhino sightings are common, even on walking safaris. There are lots of giraffe in the park, and they can be spotted far along the mountain slopes. It is, suitably, the emblem for the park.

Abundant
Common
Occasional
Rare
None
ElephantOccasional
GiraffeCommon
HippoNone
BuffaloOccasional
ZebraCommon
Black RhinoOccasional
LionNone
HyenaOccasional
Wild DogVery Rare

Wildlife Highlights

Some of the rarer wildlife species associated with the grassland habitat are the tsessebe (the fastest running antelope) and the dainty oribi, usually seen in pairs. Mountain reedbuck, as well as common reedbuck, are present as well. Early morning or late afternoon serval might be spotted hunting for small rodents.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

The best time for wildlife viewing in Ithala is in the dry months from June to September, when animals congregate at water sources and the grass is shorter. The scenery, however, is gorgeous in the wet summer months from October to April.

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