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uMkhuze Game Reserve

Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, World Heritage Site
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White Rhino Calf uMkhuze Game Reserve KwaZulu-Natal South Africa Self-catering Accommodation

Mkuze (also known as uMkhuze) Game Reserve is located in northern Zululand, in the north western corner of the Isimangaliso World Heritage and Wetland Park. It is an area of great beauty renowned for having some of the best birding opportunities in South Africa.

The reserve has an astonishing diversity of natural habitats stretching from the Lebombo Mountains on its eastern boundary and including broad stretches of acacia savannah, swamp areas, woodland and riverine forest and a rare sand forest. The Mkhuze River curves along the reserve’s northern and eastern borders with a great stretch of fig forest along its banks.

There are two beautiful pans – Nhlonhlela and Nsumo, located in the north and the east – surrounded by unique fever trees and home to both pink and white backed pelicans, a variety of ducks and geese, families of hippo and crocodiles and majestic fish eagles.

Mkuze Game Reserve is a ‘Big 5’ Game Reserve and animals found in the reserve include black and white rhino, buffalo, leopard, lion, elephant, giraffe, nyala, hippo, eland, blue wildebeest, warthog, impala, kudu and a number of other smaller antelope species. The reserve is also home to the less common hyaena, suni and cheetah.

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uMkhuze Game Reserve KwaZulu-Natal South Africa Self-catering Accommodation

Accommodation
Nature lovers visiting Mkhuze 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.  

It offers close by amenities such as a swimming pool (an essential comfort during the hottest months of summer), a small restaurant with limited seating and take-aways and a curio shop. The shop combines with the camp office, stocking curios, clothing, basic food supplies and liquid refreshments. 
The camp has two 6 bed cottages, 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  

Visitors must provide their own food and beverage. A torch is recommended. Units are serviced daily, but visitors are required to do their own cooking and washing up. No plug points for electric razors are available. 

Emshopi Camping and Caravanning area is situated 1 km from the main gate, and 9 km from Mantuma Camp. It can accommodate sixty visitors, and is situated at the entrance gate. Ablution blocks with hot and cold water serve the campsites.

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. 

The reserve has 100 km of tourist roads for game drives.Picnic sites are situated at Nsumo Pan, Nxwala game viewing hide and next to the reception area in the main camp. Short day walks and night drives conducted by a field ranger can be arranged with the Camp Manager the previous day.

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   uMkhuze Game Reserve, Self-catering Accommodation

Mantuma Camp
uMkhuze Game Reserve

Mantuma Camp offers visitors a choice of self catering accommodation. There are
en-suite safari tents offering visitors their own open plan kitchen. Mantuma Camp also has a choice of chalets which make use of communal bathroom and kitchen facilities.

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Nhlonhlela Bush Lodge
uMkhuze Game Reserve

The Nhlonhlela Bush Lodge at Mkuze Game Reserve is an 8 bed Lodge, comprising
4 x 2 bed units sleeping a maximum of eight guests. Each unit has its own en-suite bathroom. The units are connected to each other by boardwalks branching out from the communal lounge and kitchen.

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Activities 
Birding, game viewing and sitting quietly in the six game viewing hides are the most popular activities in Mkhuze. Night drives, guided walks, the auto trail, camping, caravanning and swimming are also available. The reserve has 100 kilometers of tourist roads for game viewing.  

Guided night drives are undertaken weather permitting. Guided game walks can be booked at the camp office and these take place twice daily starting at 06h00 in summer, and 15h00 in winter. Birding in Mkhuze offers some of the best birding opportunities in South Africa and with a bird list of 420 species is excellent all year round. Guided birding walks may be booked at the camp office, and these take place twice daily starting at 06h00 in summer, and 15h00 in winter. A guided Fig Forest walk is also available and is an excellent birding oportunity. Checklists are available from the curio shop.

Wildlife
Mkhuze is a place of great beauty and high contrasts and is renowned as a mecca for bird watchers with a bird list well in excess of four hundred. Predominantly flat and dry, with sandy ridges which are ancient dunes, it harbours an astonishing diversity of natural habitats. These range from the eastern slopes of the Lebombo mountains which lie along its western boundry, to broad stretches of gently rolling acacia savannah, swamps and a variety of woodlands and riverine forest. 

The low lying hollows adjacent to the red sand dunes contain attractive groves of scented thorn which grow in clay soils. There is a substantial and rare sand forest found in the heart of the reserve, a habitat noted for its dark-leafed, wide spreading sherbert tree, and the red heart tree, which create a lovely sight in autumn with their pink winged seeds. 

This diversity of habitats means a wide variety of animal species 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 larger mammals, these hides offer unique opportunities to photographers and many famous wildlife pictures have been taken there. 

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uMkhuze Game Reserve KwaZulu-Natal South Africa Self-catering Accommodation
   Kumasinga Hide in uMkhuze Game Reserve, KZN
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   Nsumo Pan Hide in uMkhuze Game Reserve, KZN
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