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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Ndumo Game Reserve

Afrikaans name:

Ndumo Game Reserve

Photo © Pete Swanepoel


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

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.


Antbear / Aardvark

Banded Mongoose

Black Rhino

Black-backed Jackal

Burchell's Zebra

Bush Pig


Cape Buffalo

Cape Porcupine

Chacma Baboon


Common Duiker

Dwarf Mongoose


Honey Badger





Pangolin / Scaly Anteater

Red Duiker


Samango Monkey

Scrub Hare


Side-striped Jackal

Spotted Hyena


Striped Polecat


Vervet Monkey


Water Mongoose

White Rhino

Wild Cat


References and further reading

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

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

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

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

Conolly's Guide to Southern Africa - Author: Denis Conolly - Year Published: 1982 - Page: 215

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 370

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 146

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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