Proclaimed to be 29 653 ha in extent, the reserve holds about 910 species of plant life. The vegetation types range from wetland or marsh, stream, bank and riverine thicket, to open savanna. It is thus not surprising that Itala has such a variety of fauna, with 80 mammal, 314 bird, 18 amphibian and 15 reptile species recorded. Because of its size, this reserve can carry a large mammal population. It is hoped that other species including more predators will be reintroduced in the future. Bush camps: three rustic bush camps available for hire. Thalu bush camp accommodates four people in a two-bedroomed reed and thatch unit, Mbizo bush camp accommodates eight people in two separate four-bedded units and Mhlangeni bush camp houses ten people in five two bedded units. Camps are fully equipped but visitors need to bring their own food and torches. Ntshodwe camp - accommodation for 172 visitors in 39 self-catering, fully equipped chalets. Conference centre with accommodation for 56 delegates. Campsite there is a small rustic camp ground. No caravan facilities.
Northern KwaZulu-Natal. From Vryheid travel north-east on the R69 to Louwsburg. The reserve is located immediately to the north-west of this village and stretches to the Pongola River. Visitors may also fly in to a landing strip in the reserve, where they will be collected by prior arrangement with the camp office.