Tourism, Accommodation and Historical Attractions in Natal, South Africa
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Although not large, the variety of habitats makes it one of the most interesting reserves in South Africa. The reserve is bordered in the north by Mozambique (the Usuthu River) and consists of Ndumu Hill separated from the foothills of the Lebombo in the west by acacia savanna and scattered trees and scrub.
The reserve takes its name from a Zulu chief in the area and was proclaimed in 1924. The famous explorer Selous came to Ndumo to collect nyala for the London Zoo.
Floodplains form one third of the reserve and there are several pans. Despite its small size, there are 62 mammal, 420 bird, 76 reptile, 43 fish and 45 amphibian species recorded - as well as 900 plant species.
In addition to the bird and animal life, there are more than 200 species of trees. There is a crocodile breeding station in the reserve. The crocodiles are reared and then released into the waterways to restore the balance with the local fish species.
Landrover tours to the pans reward guests with views of the prolific birdlife and hippos and crocodiles. Guided walks through the Pongola riverine forest and to the Shokwe pan are also well worthwhile.
Three seven bedded huts with a communal kitchen block and ablution facilities. The camp commands scenic views out over the floodplains and towards Mozambique. There is a campsite at the entrance gate and a well stocked store en route to the camp.