Ophathe Game Reserve

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This rugged reserve with many spectacular krantzes overlooks the White Mfolozi River and is a sanctuary to the endangered Black Rhino. It is a popular stop on Zululand Birding Route as the cliff faces provide nesting sites for Bald ibis, White-backed vulture and Black eagle. The Battle of Ophathe, a pivotal battle fought in 1838 between the Zulus and the Voortrekkers occurred within the reserve. There is one main route through the reserve on 28kms of gravel road with one game hide at a water hole. It is stocked with black and white rhino, giraffe, wildebeest, zebra and antelope.

The turn-off to the Reserve is on the right hand side of the R66 to Ulundi. A game-viewing hide is accessible by car but some of the longer drives are best done in a 4×4. There is no accommodation in the Reserve.

  • Ulundi Area, KwaZulu-Natal
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