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Mantuma Camp - Mkuze Game Reserve

 Average Guest Rating: 
 75 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 75 reviews. - View all Guest Reviews

Great stay, however extremely hot in Summer! Ensure you get proper directions as the road in is not the best dirt road!
 Reviewed by Megan Flanders on 22 December 2015

We were pleasantly surprised by the unit we occupied. It was a two bedroom unit with a big lounge/dining room and kitchen and separate bathroom and toilet. The bedrooms and lounge/dining room are large. The toilet and bathroom are small and can do with an upgrade. The kitchen utensils can likewise be upgraded. There was no oven dish. Some general maintenance to windows etc. is needed. Reception is friendly and efficient. It is disappointing that two years after the project was started, one of the hides is still not open to the public. Some of the roads are in urgent need of attention.
 Reviewed by Helene Lander on 14 September 2015

 Reviewed by John Schaffner on 31 August 2015

The Chalets are fine. Price is very good. Fantastic views. Nyala's in the morning just passing our door. Pool was very nice in a beautiful setting. For sure do a Walk in the morning with Ranger Patrick. Lots of knowledge.
 Reviewed by Ruud Leukel on 14 August 2015

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Nhlonhlela Bush Lodge - Mkuze Game Reserve
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