Izintaba Private Game Reserve, Waterberg, South Africa
Izintaba a private game reserve, is home to wonderful examples of South Africa's magnificent bird life, a wide selection of mammals and innumerable species of reptiles and insects. Izintaba (which means "a place in the mountains") is situated in the heart of the Waterberg in the newly proclaimed Biosphere Reserve, just two hours north of Pretoria. The area is blessed with a temperate climate all year round and is malaria free. Leave your cell phone, TV and city stress behind you and come and enjoy true peace in the bushveld.
Izintaba Lodge at a Glance:
The thatched lodges are luxuriously furnished, very comfortable and overlook typical Waterberg bushveld. At the end of the day guests can relax on their patio and anticipate the magnificent sunset; make a wood fire in their private lapa, watch the incredible night sky and savour the heady scents and wild night sounds of the bushveld. The swimming pool, set amongst rock boulders, is very welcome after a long bush walk or on a hot summer day. Zebra Lodge and Bushbuck Lodge each sleeps 4 guests in 2 en-suite bedrooms. THey have their own open-plan lounge, dining room and kitchen. Zebra Lodge has a loft which can sleep an additional 2 persons. Kudu Lodge is a larger double story thatch lodge, which sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. it also has an open-plan lounge, dining room and kitchen
A good network of farm roads enables the cyclist to enjoy riding in the bush. Tracks are either smooth or 4x4. There is always the possibility of coming face to face with a Zebra or a Giraffe around the next corner! Izintaba offers a diversity of habitats from open plains to rocky kloofs, to dams and seasonal rivers. This enables it to support a wide selection of wildlife. Guests are able to drive in their own cars on the farm to look for game. Most roads are suitable for sedan cars and only a few require 4x4. A map of the farm is provided on arrival. Alternatively, informative early morning or afternoon game drives with our FGASA qualified guide can be booked on arrival. Izintaba supports a wide range of fauna and flora, and because we do not have any dangerous game, the best way to take it all in and enjoy the beautiful scenery is on foot. There are endless possibilities for the keen nature photographer, especially as guests have access to all areas of the property, including a few hides. Bring your own rod or use one of ours to test your patience against the Barbel and Tilapia found in our dam.
There are over 40 mammal species to be found on the property, large and small. These include giraffe, zebra, kudu, eland, waterbuck, blue wildebeest, gemsbok, bushbuck, blesbok, mountain reedbuck, klipspringer, duiker, steenbok, impala, bushpig and warthog. Predators such as leopard, brown hyaena, genet, civet, black-backed jackal, caracal and African wildcat are occasionally sighted. The elusive aardvark, pangolin and honey badger also occur in the area. The Waterberg boasts over 200 bird species. These include raptors such as brown snake eagles, buzzards and secretary birds as well as numerous different kingfishers, hornbills and sunbirds. Innumerable species of insects and reptiles occur, including the Giant plated lizards.
The Waterberg Mountain area is part of the Bushveld district of the Limpopo Province, a two and a half hour drive north from Johannesburg on the N1.
Children are welcome at Izintaba Lodge and is the ideal holiday getaway for families.
There is 24 hour electricity to all rooms.