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Mkhuze KZN Park
A place of great beauty and high contrasts, Mkhuze is renowned as a mecca for bird lovers, with more than 420 bird species on record. 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. 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.Situated in northern Zululand, a 40 000 hectare reserve. The Mkhuze River curves along the reserves 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. Other animals to be found in the reserve include black and white rhinoceros, elephant, giraffe, leopard, nyala, blue wildebeest, warthog, eland, impala, kudu and other smaller antelope. Rare species occurring are cheetah, hyaena and suni.
Visitors enjoy excellent animal and bird sightings from the three hides in the reserve. A Zulu cultural village in the reserve offers a glimpse of the traditional lifestyle and crafts of the KwaJobe community.Cape Vidal, Sodwana Bay, uMkhuze, Kosi Bay, False Bay and Maphelane are part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a World Heritage Site managed by an independent body known as iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority.
Nature lovers visiting uMkhuze have a range of accommodation facilities available to them. Not least among these is the self-catering Tented Safari Camp. This has ten 2 bed and three 4 bed tented units. Each has en-suite ablution facilities (including hot and cold showers) and its own open plan kitchen. With refrigeration and electricity available, this camp is ingeniously designed to blend into its natural setting.
The camp has one 6 bed cottage, four 2 bed chalets, five 4 bed chalets and six 2 bed rest huts. The rest huts are served by a central kitchen and communal ablutions
Nhlonhlela Bush Lodge is an eight-bed lodge overlooking Nhlonhlela Pan. All units are en suite and are connected by boardwalks branching out from the communal lounge and kitchen. A cook/caretaker is in attendance, as well as a field ranger to take visitors on game walks. The lodge is served by solar powered lighting. Good torches and a gas light are recommended. Please provide your own food and beverages
Umkhumbi Tented Bush Lodge in the Controlled Hunting Area , is used as a normal bush lodge only from November to March. The units are four large safari tents, each containing two beds and an en-suite shower, washbasin and toilet. A cook/caretaker is in attendance, as well as a field ranger to lead visitors on game walks.
Gate Opening and Closing Times:Summer (October to March) 05:00 to 19:00Winter (April to September) 06:00 to 18:00Office Hours: The office is open from 08:00 to 16:30 daily & On Sundays and Public holidays from 08:00 to 16:00
Distance and Time from Gate to Camp: 9 kms and 20 minutesCheck Out Time: 10:00 Check In Time: 14:00Facilities: Tented Safari Camp, night game drives, swimming pool and hunting in the Control Hunting Area (CHA).Shop: The shop sells curios and a limited range of supplies.Special Precautions: uMkhuze is in a malaria area and special precautions are necessary. The nearest town which has a full range of services is Mkuze which is 27 kms away.Pets are not permitted into the reserve.
Facilities for people with disabilities: None