Mkuze Game Reserve


A diverse terrain beyond your wildest imagination


Imagine a place where wetlands and lakes thrumming with birdlife surround rare sand forests; and steep mountain cliffs tower above riverine forests and broad stretches of acacia savannah teeming with wildlife. At Mkuze Game Reserve in northern Kwazulu Natal, the diversity of the terrain transcends even your wildest imagination, with an astonishing array of habitats packed into its 40,000ha. 

Mkuze is a birdwatcher’s paradise with over 420 species of birds on record, making it one of the best places to observe birds in South Africa. The diverse terrain attracts a stunning variety of wildlife with black and white rhino, elephant, zebra, giraffe, and cheetah being only a small sample of the wildlife that calls the reserve home. The waterholes and pans are the best places to watch the magnificent wildlife display unfold. 

Mkuze is situated in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park - a UNESCO World Heritage Site located just north of Durban and forms an important part of this protected area. Running along the northern and eastern borders of the reserve, the Mkuze River lends its waters to the wildlife and the landscape. Guests have the choice of lodges, safari camps, or a campsite for overnight stays within the reserve.

 
Highlights
  • Home to a stunning array of habitats from wetlands to sand forests
  • Birdwatcher’s paradise with over 420 bird species having been recorded in the reserve
  • Home to a diverse assortment of wildlife including black and white rhino, elephant, zebra, giraffe, and cheetah
  • Forms part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park – a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • A variety of accommodation options are on offer within the reserve
  • Guided day and night-time game drives are available 

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