Game Lodge at Mkuze Falls Private Game Reserve

Mkuze Falls Game Lodge

5 Star Game Lodge at Mkuze Falls Private Game Reserve, Pongola, 3170, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Show on Map

About Mkuze Falls Game Lodge

Situated between the Kruger National Park and the Zululand Coast - the same Africa, a different world! Mkuze Falls is one of only two Private Game Reserves in the region where you can view the 'Big 5'.

The Mkuze Falls Big Five Private Game Reserve is beautifully situated in the heart of historic Zululand in the South African province of KwaZulu Natal. The reserve is located on land that once formed part of the 'Boer Republic', created when the pioneer leader, Piet Retief, bought the land from Dingaan, half brother of the great Zulu-king Shaka. Mkuze Falls Lodge consists of nine thatched chalets and a central lodge complex that are all built on raised wooden platforms and provide stunning views of the falls or the perennial Mkuze River and the hills beyond.

The Mkuze Falls Game Reserve is a haven to the African 'Big Five': Lion, Elephant, white and black Rhino, Cape Buffalo and Leopard. Cheetah, Hippo, Crocodile, spotted Hyena, Giraffe, Wildebeest, Zebra and numerous species of antelope are also resident in the reserve. The elusive Nyala occurs in greater numbers here, than anywhere else in the world.


Mkuze Falls Game Lodge consists of eight luxurious Chalets and one Safari Lodge Suite. All Chalets are built on raised wooden platforms and the spacious veranda of each unit provides fantastic views of the river, the waterfall and the surrounding hills.

The Chalets:
The characteristic thatched, twin-bedded chalets are spacious and each bed is fitted with its own mosquito net. Each Chalet has its own entrance and is equipped with telephone, air conditioning, fan and mini-bar. Luxurious en-suite facilities offer a bath, toilet, secluded outside shower and plunge pool. Each Chalet is completely private although panoramic vistas of the river and beyond can be enjoyed from some of the adjoining decks.

Safari Lodge Suite:
The Mkuze Falls Safari Lodge consists of a spacious living and sleeping area, both with views up and downstream the Mkuze River and the waterfall. This lodge has a small but comfortable and well equipped kitchen and, of course, all the features of the other lodges like fans, air-conditioning and en-suite facilities. The adjoining private outside shower and splash pool area is spacious and secluded. The Safari Lodge also has its own outside terrace with a unique view over the river. A better place to enjoy your intimate dinner will be hard to find.


The centrally located Main Lodge houses all the entertainment facilities. You will find a pleasant dining area, indoor pub and a shady terrace and swimming pool. The large lounge leads onto a spacious viewing deck which is built over the sloping riverbank. This veranda provides panoramic views of the winding Mkuze River and the wild, untamed landscape beyond.


A fully equipped and air-conditioned conference room caters for eighteen participants. In the event of the Lodge being block-booked, the spacious Lounge may be converted into a functional and comfortable conference room as well.


Mkuze Falls Game Lodge employs highly experienced kitchen and waiting staff who have been trained to indulge and delight the most discerning guests. The menu varies daily and features a host of South African dishes including local venison specialities during the hunting season. Vegetarian meals are prepared on request. When the weather is fine, dinner or a South African 'braai' (barbecue) is served in the Boma, highlighted by Mkuze Falls Zulu dancers.

Safaris & Game Drives

Safaris or game drives take place in the early morning, late afternoon and early evening. The game drives are led by experienced game rangers and trained nature guides. Guests are encouraged to involve themselves in the safari experience by asking questions and interacting with their ranger. Mkuze Falls only admits a limited number of safari-vehicles to traverse the reserve at a time, no 'Bush-Rush' hours! 'Take five' in the heart of this beautiful landscape and enjoy your sundowners! You will find that the expertise of the rangers and guides is invaluable as they have an amazing ability to spot game in situations where the untrained eye sees nothing.

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In Room / Unit

  • = in all rooms
  • = in some rooms
  • Additional bed / mattress
  • Air-conditioning
  • Area information booklet
  • Bar fridge
  • Bathrobes
  • Bathroom (en-suite)
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Beach towels supplied
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Children: cot, highchair, etc.
  • Cleaning materials supplied
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Desk
  • DVD player
  • Fan(s)
  • Fireplace
  • Hairdryer
  • Heater(s)
  • International plug point(s)
  • Internet connection (dial up)
  • Kitchenette (semi-equipped)
  • Mini- / courtesy bar
  • Patio / verandah / balcony
  • Private pool
  • Safe for valuables
  • Smoking: allowed
  • Smoking: not allowed
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Telephone (direct dial)
  • Television (SABC, eTV only)
  • Television (with M-Net)
  • Television (with satellite)

On Site

  • Air-conditioning
  • Child friendly (all ages)
  • Childcare / babysitting service
  • Concierge
  • Garden(s)
  • Guest lounge with TV
  • Health spa
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Laundry service
  • Parking (off street)
  • Reception (business hours)
  • Safe deposit box (reception)
  • Secretarial services
  • Security (alarm system)
  • Security (guard)
  • Smoking: in demarcated areas
  • Smoking: none indoors
  • Swimming pool
  • Wake up calls


  • Air-conditioning
  • Bar
  • Breakaway area(s)
  • Catering (in-house)
  • Co-ordinator (in-house)
  • Decorating
  • Internet connection (dial up)
  • Parking

Food & Drink

  • Bar (fully licenced)
  • Bar (honesty bar)
  • Braai / barbeque (BBQ)
  • Complimentary tea / coffee
  • Restaurant / dining room
  • Room service


  • Airport transfers
  • Other transfers available
  • Tour assistance

Accreditations (as claimed by Mkuze Falls Game Lodge)

Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA)
Hand Picked by SA-Venues.comRecommended on TripAdvisor

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Quick Facts

GPS location
Latitude: -27.520446
Longitude: 31.651611

Children policy
Children of all ages are welcome at the Mkuze Falls Tented Lodge and children over the age of 12 are welcome at the Falls Lodge.

Check-in/out times
Check-in from 12h00
Check-out by 11h00

Exceptions to check-in / out times can be arranged, please enquire.

Listed on
September 2000 - 5 Reviews

Travellers' Reviews

The trip of a life time - What can I say ... it was totally amazing. From game viewing to the service, food and lodgings it was a once in a lifetime...

Henry, Missouri, USA Travellers' Rating


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Payment Methods accepted at the establishment

  • Mastercard
  • Visa
  • American Express
  • Diners

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