uMkhuze KZN Wildlife

Accommodation in Mkhuze Game Reserve


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Introduction

  • Mkhuze Game Reserve is situated in Northern Zululand, roughly 335 km from Durban. The reserve was established on 15 February 1912 and is 40 000 ha in extent. Today it forms part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

What To Do On Arrival

  • Overnight visitors are requested to check in at the Reception office at Mantuma Camp. Visitors may take up their accommodation from 14:00 and check out time is 10:00. All visitors must pay an entrance fee at the gate.

General

  • No pets are permitted in the reserve. No firewood may be collected in the reserve. The water is chlorinated and filtered for human consumption but is very salty. Mineral/spring water is on sale at the camp curio shop and Rhino-Dine-O takeaway. Basic food stuffs and a variety of curio items are on sale at the curio shop. It is advisable to bring binoculars, a first aid kit, a torch, insect repellent, a hat and sun-tan lotion. Unleaded petrol and diesel are on sale at the Camp. Visitors are urged to take precautions against malaria before, during and after a visit to the reserve.
  • Mosquito nets are provided in each accommodation unit. Gate entry times: Summer (1 October - 31 March) 05:00 - 19:00, Winter (1 April - 30 September) 06:00 - 18:00. These times are strictly enforced. The accommodation complexes are either not fenced or do not have a totally game proof fence surrounding them. Please do not walk beyond the vicinity of your own chalet or campsite after sunset unless it is essential to do so. Office hours are from 08:00 - 16:30 daily. Sundays and Public Holidays are 08:00 - 16:00 daily.
  • The hides are being renovated at uMkhuze and will not be available for game viewing until further notice. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

How To Get There

  • From the south, the turn-off to the Mkhuze Game Reserve is signposted 35 km north of Hluhluwe.
  • From this point, the road is gravel.
  • Approximately 15 km further turn right onto another signposted road through the Lebombo mountains.
  • The entrance is 10 km along this road and the route is clearly signposted.
  • Visitors from the north should take the road through Mkuze Village, which is 18 km from the entrance gate and 28 km from Mantuma camp.
  • This road is well signposted.

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.

Room Description at :

Accommodation - Mantuma

  • Mantuma offers 6 x two-bed rest huts, each served by communal ablution facilities and kitchen, 4 x two-bed chalets, 5 x five-bed chalets and 2 x six-bed cottages which are all fully self-contained.
  • Visitors must provide their own food and beverages. Units are serviced daily, however visitors are required to do their own cooking and washing up. No plug points for electric razors are available.

Accommodation - Tented Safari Camp

  • The tented safari camp consists of 10 x two-bed and 3 x four-bed tents, each equipped with a kitchen, en-suite amenities, Eskom, fridge, crockery and linen. Visitors need to provide their own food and are required to do their own cooking and washing up. Units are serviced daily.

Accommodation - Nhlonhlela Bush Lodge

  • This eight-bed lodge overlooks the fever treelined Nhlonhlela Pan. All the units are en-suite and connected by board walks branching out from the communal lounge and kitchen.
  • A cook/caretaker is in attendance and a ranger is available to take visitors on game walks.
  • This lodge is served by a solar powered lighting system. Good torches and gas lights are recommended.

Accommodation - Campsites

  • The campsite is situated near the Emshopi entrance gate and accommodates up to 100 visitors, with hot and cold water ablutions.
  • Electricity is supplied by generator between 05:00 - 08:00 and 17:00 - 22:00 daily.

 

Inclusions / Exclusions

Rates Include:
Accommodation, community levy, emergency rescue levy and 14% VAT.

Rates Exclude:
Optional excursions

 

Extra information

Gate Opening and Closing Times:
Summer (October to March) 05:00 to 19:00
Winter (April to September) 06:00 to 18:00

Office 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 minutes

Check Out Time: 10:00      Check In Time: 14:00

Facilities: 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