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.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 excersise patience as you may experience excessive noise and discomfort due to the constructions.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.High Season:
High season dates and rates are applicable from:
12 December 2018 to 8 January 2019
20 March 2019 to 8 April 2019
19 April 2019 to 22 April 2019
14 June 2019 to 15 July 2019
8 August 2019 to 11 August 2019
20 September 2019 to 6 October 2019
High season rates are also applicable over any events.
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.
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)
The stay at Mantuma Camp was a good experience. The ablusion facility is clean and in good condition. Mkuze Game Reserve was every thing I expected from a birding point of view. The roads is in excellent condition. Tar roads as well as the gravel roads. The hides were the best I experienced comparing to other Game Reserves.
This was a very nice place. We had all what we needed and it was in nature.
I was very impressed with the Game Reserve. The roads and hides were excellent. These are kept clean every day. The chalets need an upgrade but they were serviced each day and were clean. We had a wonderful time and in 4 days identified over 52 birds. Staff were friendly and I'll definitely recommend this Game Reserve to other people. The booking was painless, so thank you very much.
The place was excellent. Well maintained. Affordable. Very recommendable!