Mkuze Game Reserve

Mkuze Game Reserve is a 40 000 hectare reserve in northern Zululand, proclaimed a protected area in 1912

KwaZulu Natal Game and Nature ReservesThe Mkuze Game Reserve

Situated in northern Zululand, the 40 000 hectare Mkuze Game reserve was proclaimed a protected area in 1912.

Mkuze Game Reserve constitutes the north western spur of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park (previously known as Greater St Lucia Wetland Park) a World Heritage Site. A place of great beauty and high contrasts, Mkuze 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 Mkuze Game 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. This diversity of habitats means a wide variety of wildlife 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 Mkuze reserveís 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, 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.

To fully appreciate the Mkuze Game Reserve and all it has to offer we recommend a stay of a few nights. SA-Venues.com proudly features a range of accommodation options to suit all travel needs and budgets in the village of Mkuze. Our Mkuze Accommodation search facility is easy to use and you make your accommodation bookings directly with the venues. Accommodation types include self-catering, B&B style and fully catered, luxury game lodges. Special offers are highlighted, and reviews will help you make informed choices.

Popular Game Lodges near Mkuze Game Reserve

African Spirit Game Lodge


African Spirit Game Lodge is a Big 5, privately owned game lodge situated 12 kmís west of Mkuze within the Zululand Rhino Reserve. We invite guests to come and experience true luxury and warm African hospitality. The lodge is magnificently set in...

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Leopard Mountain Game Lodge


This Big 5, 4 Star multi-award winning game lodge is located high up in the wild secluded hills of the 23 000ha Zululand Rhino Reserve, with spectacular views overlooking a vast stretch of unspoilt bush veld and riverine forests, from the Umsunduze...

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Ghost Mountain Inn


At the foot of the legendary Ghost Mountain in Mkuze, northern KwaZulu Natal, lies the privately owned 4 Star Ghost Mountain Inn. This intimate and beautiful hotel is the ideal location from which to explore the array of wildlife and coastal...

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Mkuze Game Reserve is in a high risk malaria area and it is advisable to take malaria phrophylaxis. Please consult your Doctor or Pharmacist.

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