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.IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING CONSTRUCTION AT MKUZE GAME RESERVE:
We wish to draw your attention to the following important notice received from Mkhuze Game Reserve – “Kindly be advised that some of the roads at Mkhuze Game Reserve are closed due to constructions. Clear detours are indicated throughout the park. Please exercise patience as visitor’s may experience stops and go's along the routes. Construction noise and movement may be felt from 06:00 to 18:00. With immediate effect the main water supply at uMkhuze will be shut off during non-peak hours. Water will continue to be supplied to Mantuma Camp and other accommodation facilities during the hours of 17h00 – 21h00 and 05h00 – 09h00 daily. Visitors are requested to carry additional drinking water for use during the shutoff periods.”
Please note that we are unsure as to the duration of the constructions, but anticipate until end August 2016. We kindly request that you take note of this message whilst the constructions are underway and that it is beyond our control. We also kindly request that you exercise patience as you may experience excessive noise and discomfort due to the constructions.Accommodation
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. High Season:
High season dates and rates are applicable from:
7 December 2016 to 17 January 2017
17 March 2017 to 01 May 2017
15 June 2017 to 16 July 2017
22 September 2017 to 08 October 2017
High season rates are also applicable over any events.
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.
We visited in mid August 2016. All accommodation is very well maintained and clean. We stayed in the forest at a self catering tent with private ablution and kitchen- wild life all around the tent and up close- stunning! There is still road constructions in the park so the lower part of the reserve was still closed. It seems work will be over soon. The hides are renovated and an absolute pleasure. Amazing bird life and sightings. I expect even better sightings when road works done as they seems to make the game shy.
Seeing your name on the board was awesome. It shows that you are expected. The checking in at reception was smooth and the rooms were easy to find. The staff was superb, after we were car less they went out of their way to make our stay enjoyable. The only problem was the entry into the reserve itself. You feel less welcomed there and the fact that we had to pay an entry fee and there is no card facility annoys big time.
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.
Very helpful & friendly staff, accommodation clean and tidy. One or two things need some maintenance but great experience.
Guest Rating: (78 reviews)
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: (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.
per unit, Max: 2