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The Mkuze Game Reserve constitutes the north western spur of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park (previously known as the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park).

Mantuma Camp - 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 options in the 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 Two-Bed units, connected to the central lounge, kitchen, deck and dining area by wooden boardwalks. All units are en suite with shower and toilet.  The lodge is served by solar powered lighting. Good torches and a gas light are recommended.

Guests to this private and tranquil piece of the African bush can enjoy the area reserved for their exclusive use, go walking, or they can visit one of the three excellent hides to watch the constant procession of wild animals coming down to the water holes for their daily drink.

Guests must bring all their food and drink requirements with them though limited supplies can be bought at the camp shop at Mantuma. The lodge is served by solar powered lighting.

Hutted accommodation
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.

Tented accommodation
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.

Gate opening and closing times:
November to March - 05h00 to 19h00 
April to October - 06h00 to 18h00. 

Reception hours are in line with the gate times.  
An entrance fee is payable at the gate on arrival.  
Kindly ensure that you have  enough cash as there are  no card facilities at the gate.

There is NO allowance for LATE entry through these Gates.

Distance and Time from Gate to Camp: 10km, approximately 20 minutes drive.

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)


Clothing and Accessories:

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

Health and Climate:

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

Rooms and Units Available:

2 Bed Rest Hut-Communal facilities

One room with two beds, a bar fridge and a dining table. DSTV, ceiling fan, communal kitchen with microwave and utensils, communal ablutions. Plug points available. Sleep max 2 people.

Amount of similar units: 6
Sleeps 2 Adults

2-Bed Chalets (each unit sleep max. 2 people)
2 Single beds, bathroom, kitchenette, TV, ceiling fan.
Amount of similar units: 4
Sleeps 2 Adults

2-Bed Safari Tents (each unit sleep max. 2 people)
2 Single beds, en-suite bathroom with shower, kitchen situated outside the unit (open plan kitchen), portable fan.
Amount of similar units: 10
Sleeps 2 Adults

4-Bed Chalets (each unit sleep max. 4 people)
Two bedrooms (each room with 2 single beds), bathroom, lounge/dining area, kitchen, TV and ceiling fan.
Amount of similar units: 5
Sleeps 4 Adults

4-Bed Safari Tents (each unit sleep max. 4 people)

Comprises of 2 x 2-Bed Safari Tents next to each other, sharing a kitchen. Each tent has 2 single beds, bathroom with shower en-suite, portable fan, mosquito net. The kitchen is situated outside the tents (open plan kitchen).

Amount of similar units: 3
Sleeps 4 Adults

6 Bed Cottages
Three bedrooms (each room with 2 single beds), dining room/lounge area, kitchen, two bathrooms, TV, ceiling fan. Wheelchair friendly.
Amount of similar units: 2
Sleeps 6 Adults

Nhlonhlela Bush Lodge

4 x 2-Sleeper units, en-suite and connected by board walks. Communal lounge and kitchen. This lodge is served by a solar powered lighting system. Good torches and gas lights are recommended.

Sleeps 8 Adults

Facilities & Services available:

Children under 12
Curio Shop
Petrol on site
Xhosa / Zulu
Hiking / Walking Trails
Swimming Pool
No Pets Allowed

Cancellation Policy:

All bookings are confirmed once payment or partial payment is received.
Cancellations greater than 45 days prior to arrival = 10% of amount (min R100)
Cancellation within 45 to 30 days of arrival = 25% of the amount.
Cancellation within 29 to 15 days of arrival = 50% of the amount.
Cancellation within 14 days & arrival date = 100% of the amount.

Amending booked dates is as good as cancelling a booking if it falls within the cancellation period. Same policy applies to amending a booking.

Cancellation policy are voided when booking dates are amended to be cancelled to avoid cancellation policy. So once dates are amended, cancellation policy are not applicable.

Terms and Conditions

High season is applicable over public holidays, school holidays, long weekends, events and high occupancy periods. Tariffs may differ to those advertised.

Latest Reviews

Hello, as a brief comment I would like to say that we would rate the Camp a 4 or even 5 if one single item was sorted out : the BATHROOMS. They really are poor and its unacceptable to not have a proper shower in a chalet where temperatures can get to over 40c in summer.
And who uses an old bath these days in a safari camp, especially in a water conservation area ??

Overall, the chalets do need some maintenance but we still enjoyed ours (#9), other than the unacceptable Bathroom.
Ken Houghton Nov 2022

Although rustic, the safari tents were clean, beautifully set up. Beds and bedding was comfortable. Staff were friendly and helpful. Definitely will be returning. Had a wonderful 3 nights.
Moira Garroch Oct 2022
Thank you for providing us with such an amazing and authentic stay. The accomodation was amazing and we thoroughly loved every minute.
Staying in the actual camp was a real blessing as the wildlife visited us daily.
I would wholeheartedly recommend this venue and I would like to compliment Estelle who handled the booking so professionally.
We are saving very hard so we can return to Mantuma!!
Kind regards,
Jayne Buitendach

Jayne Buitendach Aug 2022


From the south, the turn-off to the Mkhuze Game Reserve is signposted 35 km north of Hluhluwe. From this point, the road is gravel. Approximately 15km further turn right onto another signposted road through the Lebombo mountains.
The entrance is 10km along this road and the route is clearly signposted.

Visitors from the north should take the road through Mkuze Village, which is 18km from the entrance gate and 28km from Mantuma camp. This road is well signposted.

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  • Guests Rating: (3)
  • Accommodation Type: Game Lodge and Self-Catering
  • Malaria Area: Yes
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM