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Mkuze Game Reserve

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Mkuze Game Reserve

A place of great beauty and high contrasts, Mkuze Game Reserve is renowned as a mecca for bird lovers with more than 420 bird species on record.

The Mkuze River curves along the reserve's northern and eastern borders with a fine stretch of fig forest along its banks. Fish eagles swoop over the pans, snatching prey spotted from their perches in the fever trees.

The reserve has an astonishing diversity of natural habitats, from the eastern slopes of the Lebombo mountains along its eastern boundary, to broad stretches of acacia savannah, swamps and a variety of woodlands and riverine forest. A rare type of sand forest also occurs in the reserve.

Accommodation in the Mkuze area can be found in Game Lodges and other accommodation options.

Within the game reserve the Mantuma Camp offers accommodation in the form of safari tents and chalets - all self catering - as well as the Nhlonhlela Bush Lodge.

This diversity of habitats means a wide variety of animal species including black and white rhinoceros, elephant, giraffe, nyala, blue wildebeest, warthog, eland, hippo, impala, kudu and other smaller antelope. Rare species occurring in the reserve are cheetah, hyaena, suni and leopard.

Three game viewing hides have been constructed next to the Kubube, Kamasinga, Kwamalibala 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.

Visitors are therefore offered excellent views of most of the reserve’s larger mammals. These hides offer unique opportunities to photographers and many famous wildlife pictures have been taken there.

Two beautiful pans, Nhlonhlela and Nsumo , lie in the north and east respectively, home to communities of hippo, crocodile, pinkbacked and white pelicans, as well as a diversity of ducks and geese which gather in spring.

A Zulu cultural village in the reserve offers a glimpse of the traditional lifestyle and crafts of the KwaJobe community.

Facilities & Services:

Children under 12 years  

Parking (open and off-street)  

Mkuze Game Reserve Activities:

Birding, game viewing and sitting quietly in the three game viewing hides are the most popular activities in Mkhuze. Night drives, guided walks, the auto trail and swimming are also available.

The reserve has 100 kilometers of tourist roads for game viewing.

Guided night drives are undertaken weather permitting.

Guided Game Walks can be booked at the camp office and these take place twice daily starting at 06h00 in summer, and 15h00 in winter.

Birding in Mkhuze offers some of the best birding opportunities in South Africa and with a bird list of 420 species is excellent all year round.

Guided birding walks may be booked at the camp office, and these take place twice daily starting at 06h00 in summer, and 15h00 in winter. Checklists are available from the curio shop.

Mkuze Game Reserve Map:

Health & Climate:

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


Mkuze Game Reserve Guest Reviews

Average Guest Rating: 
  4.1 out of 5 based on 12 reviews. - View all Guest Reviews

I had an absolutely fantastic time - saw Leopard and Cheetah. The game drive with patrick was well worth the extra charge. The accommodation needs work, it is very old and grubby.
 Reviewed by PAM MOORE on 29 June 2015

Very helpful & friendly staff, accommodation clean and tidy. One or two things need some maintenance but great experience.
 Reviewed by Andrew Marshall on 25 March 2015

So impressed with the friendliness of the staff, cleanliness of the camp.
 Reviewed by evelyn dwyer over a year ago

Enjoyed our stay very much. The Safari tents are adequately equipped and the housekeeping very thorough. We do however have one very big complaint. The roads to the Game Reserve are positively shocking and people who wish to visit should be advised that only 4x4 vehicles should attempt to use the road. We have a Honda Jazz and were horrified to see the state of the roads. On our way out we shredded a tire which put a damper on the rest of our journey. So do yourselves a favour and recommend that ONLY 4x4 vehicles to be used.
 Reviewed by George Round over a year ago

Other Accommodation near Mkuze Game Reserve:

Accommodation options within 8km from Mkuze Game Reserve include:

Mantuma Camp - Mkuze Game Reserve
Mantuma Camp - Mkuze Game Reserve
A place of great beauty and high contrasts, Mkuze is renowned as a mecca for bird lovers with more than 420 bird species on record. Mantuma Camp offers both hutted accommodation as well as Safari tents.
Guest Rating: 
 (75 reviews)

Nhlonhlela Bush Lodge - Mkuze Game Reserve
Nhlonhlela Bush Lodge - Mkuze Game Reserve
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.
Guest Rating: 
 (6 reviews)
From: R220.00 per unit, Max: 2

R220.00 per unit