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.

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. 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. 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 at Mkuze Game 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 reserves 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.

Gate Opening and Closing Times at Mkuze Game Reserve:
Gate 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.

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

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.

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.
Facilities & Services available:
Children under 12 years

Mkuze Game Reserve is a Self-Catering in Mkuze KwaZulu-Natal South Africa

For visitors from the south, the turn off to Mkhuze is signposted 35 kms north of Hluhluwe.
From this point, the road is gravel. Approximately 15 kms further is another signposted road through the Lebombo mountains.
The entrance to the reserve is 10 kms along this road which is clearly signposted.

Visitors from the north must travel to Mkuze village which is 18 kms from the entrance gate and 28 kms from Mantuma camp.

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Rooms and Units Available at Mkuze Game Reserve

2 Bed Rest Hut-Communal
Layout:One room with two beds, a bar fridge and a dining table.Facilities: a 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 2X 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

8-Bed Nhlonhlela Bush Lodge
4X 2-Sleeper units, en-suite and connected by board walks. Communal lounge and kitchen. A cook/caretaker and a field ranger is in attendance. This lodge is served by a solar powered lighting system. Good torches and gas lights are recommended.
Sleeps 8 Adults

Cottages (each unit sleep max. 6 people)
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

Latest Reviews
Our one night stay was very pleasant and comfortable and exceeded our expectations. The hut was well equipped and recently refurbished and spotlessly clean. The communal bathroom and kitchen was also neat and clean. And excellent base to explore the park and good value for money. We will return for longer next time!
Jill de Villiers Mar 2021
Chalet was nice and clean, very basic yet comfortable enough for a few nights stay.
A proper shower would've been nice and some repairs to the kitchen electrics needed.
Game sightings were not the greatest but adequate enough to keep small kiddies interested. Nevertheless being in the bush is always better than city life.

Quintin Silcock Jan 2021
Accommodation average. Lots of basic maintenance required to make it superb. Such potential. Birding phenomenal. As for the big 5- we did not hear any nor see any. Questionable.
Erika Coetzee Mar 2019
Not a lot of animals. I love the staff so friendly and helpful.
Annalize Scholtz Nov 2017
Had a good time in the Park, didn't see too many animals.
Felicity Jeffrey Jul 2017
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  • Guest Rating: (20)
  • Accommodation Type: Self-Catering
  • Malaria Area: Yes
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM