Ithala Game Reserve

Country/territory: South Africa

IBA criteria met: A1, A3, A4i (1998)
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Area: 29,620 ha

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IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2013 near favourable high high
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Site summary
Ithala Game Reserve is located 15 km from Louwsburg in the rolling hills south of the Pongola River. Drainage lines and deep valleys, extending predominantly north-south, and opening mostly into the Pongola River basin, cleave the area. The reserve is known to support over 300 bird species. The riverine forest contains Half-collared Kingfisher Alcedo semitorquata and the mountainous cliffs also hold a colony of Southern Bald Ibis Geronticus calvus.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Ithala Game Reserve. Downloaded from on 05/10/2023.