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Somkhanda Big 5 Tourism  -  Somkhanda Game Reserve is a community-owned Big 5 game reserve located in northern Zululand stretching across 12,000 hectares of rolling hills and natural bushland habitat. Self-catering lodge rooms as well as campsites are available.

Facilities and Services:
* Standard Rooms - Tea/coffee facilities, ceiling fan, bar fridge.
* Family Room - Spacious room, with twin beds upstairs and King bed below, excess to a shared pool and self-catering kitchen.
* Campsites - Each cosy tent has two single beds with bedding and towels, two safari chairs and a coffee table on its own deck. There is no electricity but flickering paraffin lanterns. Meals will be served around a large campfire.

Establishment Facilities:
* Communal kitchen facilities for self-catering units and room only units.
* Communal Pool.


Situated in Northern Zululand, this 12,000-hectare community-owned game reserve forms part of an important conservation corridor between the Zululand Rhino Reserve and Pongola Game Reserve, particularly for the endangered black rhino and wild dog. Somkhanda is home to white and black rhino, impala, greater kudu, giraffe, and an extraordinarily high density of leopard compared to any other reserve in Africa.

Rooms and Units Available:

Family Rooms
Spacious room, with twin beds upstairs and King bed below bathroom with shower, access to a shared pool and self-catering kitchen. Tea/coffee facilities, fridge, ceiling fan, patio.
Amount of similar units: 2
Sleeps 4 Adults

Scotia camp site
Scotia campsite consists of 4 campsites each site accommodates 4 tents or 4 vehicles, max occupancy per site is 16 people with min 4 guests. There are communal showers and toilets. The guest has to be totally self-sufficient with regards to catering.
Sleeps 16 Adults

Standard Rooms
Standard room with double bed en-suite rooms with shower and toilet. Tea/coffee facilities, ceiling fan, bar fridge. Sitting area each room has its own patio. Communal kitchen facilities.
Amount of similar units: 4
Sleeps 2 Adults

Tamboti Bush Camp
Equipped with 5 East Africa tents, x2 single beds in each tent, linen and towels are provided, x2 hot showers and flush toilets are available in this camp site, communal lounge / relaxing area. Min 4 guests - max 10. fully catered include game drives
Sleeps 10 Adults

Facilities & Services available:

Children under 12
Disabled (wheelchair friendly)
Honeymoon Couples
Limited Room Service
Conference facilities
Team Building
Self-Braai / Barbecue
Bar on the Premises
Dining room
Fireplace on the Premises
Internet Access
Parking (off-street - covered)
Tourism Information Desk
Xhosa / Zulu
No Pets Allowed
Mountain Biking
Historic Sites
Arts and Craft
Eco Tours

Cancellation Policy:

-  If cancelling 7 days before arrival, forfeit 100% of the booking total.
-  If cancelling 14 days before arrival, forfeit 100% of the deposit.
-  If cancelling 21 days before arrival, forfeit 50% of the deposit.
-  If cancelling 30 days before arrival, forfeit 25% of the deposit.

Terms and Conditions

* No pets allowed. * Guests need to abide by the reserve rules which will be given on arrival. The credit card used to make the online booking needs to be presented at check-in. A copy of the cardholder's ID/ Passport is required on arrival.


Coming from Durban on the N2 travel north for about 300km then turn left onto the R69. Drive 15 km to the reserve gate on a dirt road. Follow the signage to the property.

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  • Accommodation Type: Bed & Breakfast, Caravan park, Game Lodge, Private Game Lodge and Self-Catering
  • Malaria Area: No
  • Sleeps: 42
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM