Mkuze Game Reserve
constitutes the north western spur of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park (previously known as the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park).
Mantuma Camp - Mkuze Game Reserve - A place of great beauty and high contrasts, it is renowned as a mecca for bird lovers, with more than 420 bird species on record.
This diverse habitat includes wild dog, black and white rhino, elephant, giraffe, nyala, blue wildebeest, warthog, eland, hippo, impala, kudu and other smaller antelope.
Rare species occurring are hyena, suni and leopard.
The Rhino Dine-O takeaway situated near Mantuma is open from 07:00 - 09:30 for breakfast; 11:30 - 14:00 for lunch and 17:00 - 19:00 for dinner.
PLEASE NOTE: The water is chlorinated and filtered for human consumption but is very salty. Mineral/spring water is on sale at the camp curio shop and Rhino-Dine-O takeaway OR you can bring your own drinking water.
A swimming pool is situated in the hutted camp and campsite respectively, strictly for accommodated guests only.
The curio shop sells basic necessities.Mantuma Camp - Mkuze Game Reserve Accommodation:
8-BED NHLONHLELA BUSH LODGE - situated a few minutes drive from the main camp (Mantuma camp). The Lodge comprises of 4 X 2-Bed units, connected to the central lounge, kitchen, deck and dining area by wooden boardwalks. All units are en suite with shower and toilet. A cook/caretaker is in attendance, as well as a field ranger to take visitors on game walks. The lodge is served by solar powered lighting. Good torches and a gas light are recommended.
2-Bed Chalets; fully equipped for self-catering
4-Bed (2 bedroom) Chalets; fully equipped for self-catering
6-Bed (3 bedroom) Cottages; fully equipped for self-catering
2-Bed Rest Huts (with communal ablution and -kitchen facilities)
The self-catering units are fully equipped with linen, towels, crockery, cutlery, stove, refrigerator and cooking utensils.
2-Bed Safari Tents
4-Bed Safari Tents (a 4-Bed Safari Tent comprises of 2 X 2-Bed Safari Tents next to each other, sharing a kitchen)
The tents are with 2 single beds each, en-suite shower, basin and toilet, Eskom power, fridge, crockery, towels and linen.
The kitchen of each tented unit is situated outside - open kitchen.
- No plug points for electric razors are available.
- Visitors need to provide their own food supplies and are required to do their own cooking and washing up.
- Units are serviced daily.
- Mosquito nets are provided in each accommodation unit.
PLEASE NOTE: The accommodation complexes are either not fenced or do not have a totally game proof fence surrounding them. Please do not walk beyond the vicinity of your own chalet or campsite after sunset unless it is essential to do so.
PLEASE NOTE: All visitors must pay an entrance fee at the gate.
Gate Opening and Closing Times:
Summer (October to March) 05h00 to 19h00
Winter (April to September) 06h00 to 18h00
There is no allowance for LATE entry through these Gates.
Distance and Time from Gate to Camp: 10km, approx 20 minutes drive.
Check-in time: 14h00
Check-out time: 10h00
The nearest town which has a full range of services is Mkuze which is 28km away.
- Four game viewing hides are situated next to 4 pans. Visitors park their cars and enter the hides on foot. Depending on the surface water in the reserve, but normally during the drier winter months, large concentrations of game may be seen at the waterholes.
- In addition there are 2 bird viewing hides.
- The Fig Forest Guided Walking Trail (guided by a field ranger) should not be missed.
- Guided game or birding walks can be booked at the camp office and these take place twice daily starting at 06h00 in summer, and 15h00 in winter (± 2 hours)
- Guided night game drives (weather permitting)
The accommodation and facilities were very good. The drought and late season were not favorable for bird sighting. In addition, the day of the fig forest walk was a windy cold day, -no fault of the Reserve! But not good for birding. Roads under construction, when completed will be appreciated by visitors.
We stayed in a Safari Tent and it was a lovely "bush" experience. It was clean and comfortable with an excellent shower. There was a good fan but no air conditioner. Pillows were on the hard side but we had our own so that was no problem. Sheets and towels were clean and in good condition. The kitchen had everything we needed and although the stove and fridge looked old (they are in an open- kitchen) they worked perfectly. The plastic shelves inside the freezer were broken but it worked well. The staff were pleasant. The pool was welcoming but it is quite a long walk away on a hot day. The shop only sells a few cool drinks and ice-creams so make sure you take all the food and drinks you need. A better stocked shop would be a good improvement. The hides that have been rebuilt are lovely and cleaned regularly and the roads are currently being upgraded. We felt that a great effort was being made to improve what has been a lovely but rundown reserve. Nsumo Pan is still a great birding spot despite the dreadful drought that the area has been experiencing. Keep up the improvement Mkuze. I recommend asking for a tent with the kitchen connected, not completely separate. Friends stayed in the chalets and they were also pleasantly surprised.
Mantuma camp is old world, but clean and well kept. It certainly could do with a total revamp to attract more customers. The hides and facilities in the Park are excellent and some of the best we have ever seen. The roads are being repaired, but were generally acceptable. The drought has hit the park really badly and it is difficult to see game, but this will change once the rains come. The shop is poorly stocked and not well run. We enjoyed our two night stay, and would definitely be back again.
Great stay, however extremely hot in Summer! Ensure you get proper directions as the road in is not the best dirt road!
Guest Rating: (13 reviews)
Situated in the northern Kwazulu Natal region, this reserve differs from others in the vicinity in that it is flat with grasslands, fossil pans, wetlands and sand dunes. Attractions include game-viewing, birdwatching and an exciting bushveld trail.
per unit, Max: 2
Very special Bush Lodge in unique sand forest. The main lodge sleeps 8 and is very spacious with 4 bedrooms en suite. The lodge is situated on pristine wetland and beautiful bush surroundings. It lends itself to special family and friend times.
Guest Rating: (6 reviews)
Nhlonhlela Bush Lodge is an eight-bed lodge overlooking Nhlonhlela Pan. All units are en suite and are connected by boardwalks branching out from the communal lounge and kitchen. A cook/caretaker is in attendance, as well as a field ranger.