Tonevale Farm is a family-owned game reserve established in June 2003 on a 750 ha portion of natural bush adjoining a working sugar cane farm located only 19 kms outside of Empangeni on the R34 in beautiful Zululand, Kwazulu-Natal.
A lifelong passion for wildlife inspired the owners to fence the former cattle grazing lands and begin the arduos task of eradicating the alien bush, re-establishing roads and re-introducing game. Slowly, the natural vegetation came to life again and today wild aloes, orchids and cycads can be seen flowering in the veld and the bird life has returned to Tonevale in abundance.
Tonevale has a varied terrain and the landscape consists of flat open plains and sloping hills and valleys with many vantage points overlooking the Umhlathuze river which forms the farm’s southern boundary making it the perfect habitat for a wide variety of animals and consequently, Tonevale is home to a wide variety of buck species as well as giraffe, zebra, rhino, hippo and buffalo.
Zululand is blessed with mild winters and hot summers and is perfect for visiting all year round and Tonevale has the added benefit of being located in a malaria free area, a mere 30 minutes from the sea at Richards Bay or 2 hours from Durban all on tar road.