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. 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:
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.
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.
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.