The Mkhuze Game Reserve is a beautiful wilderness, part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.
The landscape looks quite sub-tropical, with grassy savannah, impressive wild fig and fever tree forests, let alone the distinctive umbrella canopy of the acacia tortilis.
Following the reintroduction of a pride of lions a few years ago, all the big 5 are now roaming free in the Mkhuze Game Reserve. However, the shortage of roads and the prohibition to drive off-road, don’t make game viewing easy.
Why Mkhuze Game reserve?
There are plentiful of white and black rhinos. But the highlight of the reserve is definitely birdwatching, from the several hides set by dams or swamps. Just be patient and wait for the right moment.
Activities in the Mkhuze Game Reserve
You can easily discover the reserve by yourself and you don’t need a 4×4 vehicle. At the reception, you can book guided morning and afternoon game drives. The activity we recommend in particular is the popular fig forest walk. On your hike, an armed ranger will escort you. With a good chance to encounter, on your way, the mighty white rhino.
Where to sleep?
Inside the park you have 2 options:
√ in a safari tent or chalet at Mantuma, the park’s headquarter. All units have their own kitchenette and braai area. The camp is unfenced and regularly visited by monkeys. Never leave your food unattended.
√ in a bush lodge in a remote wilderness area of the park, not accessible by non residents.
Just don’t trust the food store inside the park, as you won’t find much, if anything. Better to shop in the near town of Mkuze, a 20 minute drive from the reserve.
For a more up-market accommodation outside the reserve, we suggest the Ghost Mountain Inn. Very nice and not too expensive. The buffet is always well stocked and food (with the exception of pasta) very well done.