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Ndumo Game Reserve South Africa
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McTioo wrote a review Jan 2016
Durban, South Africa4 contributions11 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Very simple accommodation - no en suite so you have to adventure to the communal bathrooms about 50-100m away at night. Watch out for hippos and buffalo. Take advantage of KZN Wildlife's last camp chef Ginger - he will cook you meals for you as long as you have the ingredients. The camp shop is erratically stocked so bring everything you need including water (there is a Spar and Engen not too far from the entrance). Road to Ndumo Gate is tarred. But the park has rough dirt roads. Make sure you get a room with a working aircon as it can be stiflingly hot in summer.
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Date of stay: August 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: Hire the bird guide and take him with you on your game drives
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James Calderwood wrote a review May 2014
Franschhoek, South Africa40 contributions11 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
What a lovely place.. I was astounded at the beauty! The swimming pool area was a bonus , especially if you have kids. The accommodation site is unfenced, so we had giraffe visit in the morning. Been a non big 5 reserve, meant that you wouldn't get eaten in the evening going for a skinny dip, though you could bump into a buffalo...we didn't see any! The water pans there have the biggest crocodile and hippo population I have ever seen, and I have been to many reserves. Ideally, though, you need to drive right around the perimeter of the lake. It is surrounded by groves of fever trees and is magnificent. The room themselves were clean, though the outside chairs could have been more comfortable. I found this reserve to truly be a hidden gem and will definitely be going back with my kids.

Oh Yes, it has communal bathrooms which were very very clean, and the showers had tons of hot water at good pressure!
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Date of stay: May 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Any of the cottages are good. There aren't many to choose from, so the privacy is good.
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imhcampbell wrote a review Jan 2018
Durban, South Africa11 contributions4 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Although the service in the camp is a bit patchy, and the bird- and wildlife has taken a hammering from years of drought, nothing can diminish the grandeur of the landscape. Giant riverside trees, open flood pans and magnificent forests. This is a last little enclave of true Africa; get there before it changes!
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Date of stay: December 2017
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Peter H wrote a review Feb 2020
Marloth Park, South Africa4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Our 2nd visit to Ndumo and the last. The only improvement was the addition of a bathroom to the existing huts. Aircons do nor work(40* temps). huts are filthy dirty. Braai facilities are broken(need to take from huts that still have them.Utensils are basic and not even braai tongs. In the facility there is a notice telling you not to drink the water. We always do but guests should be advised when confirming their booking of this. Pool not clean. cannot even buy ice.
This is a birding paradise but not with the existing facilties. will never go back
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Date of stay: February 2020
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: would not go until revamped
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Getaway58597991944 wrote a review Mar 2024
3 contributions1 helpful vote
1.0 of 5 bubbles
What a terrible shame and disgrace. How Ezemvelo has allowed one of their top reserves to deteriorate to such a terrible state only they will know. What has been Kwazulu Natal's top reserve in 2009 has now become a sadly neglected, poorly maintained bat-infested dump. To their credit the seven existing chalets have been upgraded and now includes a little kitchenette and a bathroom. Unfortunately the bats are all over the stoep so the table, chairs and stoep is covered in bat poo almost the whole day. The smell is terrible. And what does the management do? They leave you a broom on the stoep so that you can regularly sweep the stoep, but the smell remains. What is even worse is that they have build five beautiful new chalets, but before the project was completed thousands of bats have invaded the roofs, to such an extent that the new chalets cannot be used. The smell of thousands of bats poo and urine now hangs over the whole camp night and day. The stink is indescribable. The once beautiful and well maintained lawns have now become weed infested and are not regularly trimmed. Although the braais are cleaned every day it does not include the most important part namely the grid. The reception office that once sold ice, wood, cooldrink and ice-cream now only sells ice. The roads are in a terrible condition and the bird hide, which is supposed to be the pride and joy of a birding destination, is not cleaned every day, if ever. How Ezemvelo and Ndumo's management can be proud of this reserve is beyond imagination. The worst is that for the privilege of staying at this bat-infested dump you have to fork out R1,120 per night. Even Chris at reception and Bongani, the bird guide, do not look excited about working there anymore. We will never return and I do not recommend anybody to go there until the bat problem has been sorted out, which does not seem to be very high on Ezemvelo's priority list. The best thing that can happen to Ndumo and Ezemvelo is if Sanparks takes over its management and maintenance. Really the only positive thing we can say about the reserve is that the chalets at least are clean and are serviced every day.
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Tom ZN wrote a review May 2022
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Ndumo is a birding destination of global significance. The guided walks to the pans and sand forest are simply unparalleled in zululand. The natural beauty of the setting and the diversity of wildlife is exceptional. This is not big 5 country. It offers a different kind of wilderness experience. We had fantastic service from knowledgeable guides who went the extra mile on walks and drive. The accommodation has been renovated and should soon be fully functional, including brand new kitchens, beds, furniture, and braai places. Pool in perfect condition and camp sites were full. Do bring drinking water and binoculars!
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Carmen P wrote a review Nov 2021
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa15 contributions1 helpful vote
2.0 of 5 bubbles
My family spent 3 nights at this reserve (my first time ever). The accommodation was run down with broken screen doors, mosquito nets with holes in etc.(Unfortunately I do not expect anything more from Ezemvelo run reserves - too many staff but not much work is being done from my experience). However the pool was functional and just being in the bush with all the bird species was magical. The main reason for this poor review is that, on multiple occasions, we came across an injured giraffe (photo attached) who has obviously been caught in a snare (man made injury) which has caused a broken foot and severe infection. When we notified management we were told that the head ranger (who is responsible for managing the wildlife) has known about this giraffe and injury for a while (weeks) but has not done anything about it. I find this appalling and heartless!
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Date of stay: November 2021
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Bring your own mosquito repellent as all mosquito nets&screen doors have holes in them.
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zaguy wrote a review Aug 2013
Johannesburg, South Africa69 contributions22 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is one of the lesser know parks in South Africa, located right at the border of KZN and Mozambique. The surrounding area is quite forested, and the feeling of isolation and being away from it all is complete. It is not a long drive from Johannesburg or Durban, but when you get here, you really know you have reached a very special place.
Staff at the gate are very welcoming - after entering drive to the lookout that is located very close to the gate. You will have a view of the entire park.
Ndumo is well-known for bird-life, which is amazing, but there are also many animals. Small antelope and monkeys pass through the camp, which is un-fenced. The camp has a great pool, a cook on duty if you want to ask him to cook your food, and very nice chalets, with aircon, lovely terraces and mini kitchens. Bathrooms are shared but are very clean and not far away. This park really is great value and feels like a real African adventure.
Ndumo also has some swamps - it is called South Africa's Okavango - and the drive and view points at the swamps are worthwhile. You will see thousands of birds. If you are lucky you will see crocodiles and hippos, but we did not.
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Date of stay: March 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: All the chalets are great, they are set apart from one another, and all have a view of the bush.
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Colleen S wrote a review Mar 2016
Cape Town Central, South Africa11 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We enjoyed our stay at Ndumo immensely, it’s well worth a visit, especially if you are a birder. The camp site has a lovely setting, and is very peaceful. Some of the scenery in the park is breath-taking, particularly the walk among giant Sycamore figs along Shokwe and the picnic site overlooking the Usuthu river onto Mozambique at Red Cliffs. There are some special mammals – e.g. red duiker and suni.
The ablutions were clean and there are laundry facilities, and there is a sparkling clean swimming pool. You do have to bring your own drinking water, and cash, as the card machine is not working, but if you don’t have enough cash on you, it is not a disaster as Ndumo village has an ATM, and a Spar grocery store, and is only 2km from the park gate (so 8km from the camp/chalets site). The camp shop isn’t overly-well stocked, so remember to bring your sunblock and insect repellent. The staff are friendly and professional. The camp site is not fenced off, and so one has to be careful at night, but we didn’t see anything large and scary during our stay.
The birding was exceptional – we did a self drive and then also took outings with Bongani and Joseph. We saw all the “specials”. I would recommend taking a guide for finding birds you’ve failed to locate on your own – the guides know where to go and can also take you to places beyond where tourists are allowed to drive. The other great thing about Ndumo is that if you don’t have a 4x4 but would like to visit neighbouring Tembe, you can organise for one of the guides to take you in the Park’s 4x4. So one stays in Ndumo but takes a day trip into Tembe. I really would recommend a trip to Ndumo, this paradise is certainly one of my favourite parks!
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Date of stay: March 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Ericka E wrote a review Jan 2016
Heilbron, South Africa27 contributions25 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What a lovely place. Birders paradise,Lovely campsite,clean bathrooms. And a beautifull bright pool. Chris the man in the office needs a medal. He is so helpfull and friendly.The place as a whole is very,very tidy and gardens are looked after.
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Date of stay: December 2015Trip type: Travelled with family
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Answer from RobJackson_13
Johannesburg, South Africa34 contributions3 helpful votes
Hi Paul - hope the tardy reply is not too late. yes there is reception for both networks. not great but workable.
Carmen P wrote a tip Nov 2021
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa15 contributions1 helpful vote
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Bring your own mosquito repellent as all mosquito nets&screen doors have holes in them."
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Peter H wrote a tip Feb 2020
Marloth Park, South Africa4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"would not go until revamped"
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phumba wrote a tip Dec 2019
Johannesburg, South Africa147 contributions51 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"If you visit in the summer bring your own fan as there are no fans or air conditioners in the chalets."
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Bronwen1958 wrote a tip Sept 2019
Johannesburg, South Africa21 contributions8 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"All of the chalets are well placed and private"
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Rix1604 wrote a tip Sept 2018
Richards Bay, South Africa99 contributions13 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Go to the riverine forest. It is incredible."
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Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.