Mkuze Game Reserve

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Travel to Mkuze Game Reserve – Excellent Game Viewing

Situated in the northern Kwazulu Natal region, Mkhuze or Mkuze Game Reserve was proclaimed a protected area in 1912. This 360 square kilometres reserve constitutes the north western spur of the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, a World Heritage Site.

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.

The game reserve offers its visitors a wide variety of animal species including black and white rhinos, 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.

Two beautiful pans, Nhlonhlela and Nsumo , lie in the north and east respectively, home to communities of hippo, crocodile and 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.

Activities in Mkuze Game Reserve include game viewing, birdwatching, guided walks and an exciting bushveld trail. There are also night drives for those after something a little more exhilirating and then to relax you can swim.

Relax by swimming before setting up camp for the night, an exciting way to get closer to nature and have a more authentic bush experience. You can also opt to stay in the onsite chalets.

View the ‘Big 5’ – lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino, elephant.

  • Bird watch in this bird lovers paradise with nearly 400 species of resident birds.
  • Join a night safari for an unforgettable experience like no other.


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