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Mantuma Camp - Mkuze Game Reserve

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 69 Reviews

Mantuma Camp - Mkuze Game Reserve

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.

Accommodation at Mantuma Camp - Mkuze Game Reserve:
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)

Facilities & Services:

Children under 12 years  


Petrol on site  
Curio Shop  

Xhosa / Zulu  

Hiking / Walking Trails  
Swimming Pool  

Mantuma Camp - Mkuze Game Reserve Map:

Clothing & Accessories:

It is advisable to bring binoculars, a first aid kit, a torch, insect repellent, a hat and sun-tan lotion.

Health & Climate:

Mkhuze is in a malaria area and special precautions are necessary.


Mantuma Camp - Mkuze Game Reserve Guest Reviews

Average Guest Rating: 
  3.6 out of 5 based on 69 reviews. - View all Guest Reviews

Lovely atmosphere, great wildlife and bird hides. Great people and staff. The naturalist guide Patrick is specially to be mentioned: we are very much impressed by his knowledge and skills finding and identifying the animals. Plus he is a kind personality. Food was good too although the Rhino Dino is a bit slow maybe according to western standards - but good food and (again) a very friendly cook. Certainly will come back!!
 Reviewed by Phil Koken on 6 December 2014

It is a LONG way on a rocky road to Mkuze, so make sure you make it worth your while and stay for at least 2 days. Lots of wildlife, nice tour to the Fig Forest. There is a cafe called the Rhino Dino with quite a good breakfast and real milkshake. Tent camping an experience. The kitchen is located outside. Watch out for the bush babies...very cute, but bold! Make sure the door from your bathroom to the bedroom is closed properly as only the bedroom is sealed off from the outside! We would go again but would stay for 4 nights rather than 2.
 Reviewed by Robert Rogers on 20 November 2014

The tent was nice itself but the kitchen equipment need a upgrade. Furtheron was the oven so dirty that we did not want to use it. The cupboards also need more cleaning also behind fridge. The cleaner also broke my bottle perfume in the bathroom. All the windows was closed thus no wind could bump it off. Accidents happen but she could have left a note to say sorry. However we enjoyed our stay and you will see us again. The office staff was always friendly and we were so impressed with your quick response to our phone call about noisy neighbours. Our guide Patric was wonderful! You have a wonderful park. See you soon again!
 Reviewed by Willem Malan on 3 November 2014

We had a very memorable time at Mkuze wonderful birding and game viewing. A definite yes to all birders. The fig forest walk was something not to be missed. The accommodation is well equipped and clean you don't need anything more and everybody is friendly and helpful. A very memorable couple of days!!
 Reviewed by DORETTE DROST on 7 September 2014

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