The Mkuze Falls Big Five Private Game Reserve is beautifully situated in the heart of historic Zululand in the South African province of KwaZulu Natal.

The reserve is located on land that once formed part of the 'Boer Republic', created when the pioneer leader, Piet Retief, bought the land from Dingaan, half brother of the great Zulu-king Shaka.

Mkuze Falls Lodge consists of thatched chalets and a central lodge complex that are all built on raised wooden platforms and provide stunning views of the falls or the perennial Mkuze River and the hills beyond.

The Mkuze Falls Game Reserve is a haven to the African 'Big Five': Lion, Elephant, white and black Rhino, Cape Buffalo and Leopard. Cheetah, Hippo, Crocodile, spotted Hyena, Giraffe, Wildebeest, Zebra and numerous species of antelope are also resident in the reserve. The elusive Nyala occurs in greater numbers here, than anywhere else in the world.

Mkuze Falls Game Lodge consists of two main facility Lodges, eight luxurious Chalets and one Safari Lodge. All Chalets are built on raised wooden platforms and the spacious veranda of each unit provides fantastic views of the river, the waterfall and the surrounding hills.

The Chalets have characteristic thatch, twin-beds, are spacious, and each bed is fitted with its own mosquito net. Each Chalet has its own entrance and is equipped with telephone, air conditioning, fan and mini-bar.

Luxurious en-suite facilities offer a bath, toilet, secluded outside shower and plunge pool. Each Chalet is completely private although panoramic vistas of the river and beyond can be enjoyed from some of the adjoining decks.

The Safari Lodge at Mkuze Falls consists of a spacious living and sleeping area, both with views up and downstream of the Mkuze River and the waterfall. This lodge has a small but comfortable and well equipped kitchen and, of course, all the features of the other lodges like fans, air-conditioning and en-suite facilities.

The adjoining private outside shower and splash pool area is spacious and secluded. The Safari Lodge also has its own outside terrace with a unique view over the river. A better place to enjoy your intimate dinner will be hard to find.

Five 'Hemingway'-style East African safari tents are uniquely situated on the Mkuze River, overlooking a favourite winter waterhole where a wide variety of animals come to drink. The tents are built on wooden decks raised on stilts with breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. The facilities include a lounge, bar, boma and swimming pool.

This option is for the wildlife enthusiast who is looking for a real close to nature wildlife adventure. Starlit evenings are enjoyed in the boma and the sounds of the Zulu drumbeat beckon the pure spirit of Africa.

The evening air is broken by the call of the Night Jar, the sounds of Zebra in the distance, the unexpected roar of the Lion and the trumpet of the Elephant. The pure sounds of Africa at her best! The Mkuze Falls Bush Camp is a true wilderness tented camp.

Travel times by road are as follows: Johannesburg approx. 5 hours, Durban approx 3 hours and Richard's Bay 2 hours drive.

The centrally located Main Lodge houses all the entertainment facilities. You will find a pleasant dining area, indoor pub and a shady terrace and swimming pool. The large lounge leads onto a spacious viewing deck which is built over the sloping riverbank. This veranda provides panoramic views of the winding Mkuze River and the wild, untamed landscape beyond.

Mkuze Falls Game Lodge employs highly experienced kitchen and waiting staff who have been trained to indulge and delight the most discerning guests. The menu varies daily and features a host of South African dishes including local venison specialities during the hunting season. Vegetarian meals are prepared on request.

When the weather is fine, dinner or a South African 'braai' (barbecue) is served in the Boma, highlighted by Mkuze Falls Zulu dancers.

Safaris and Game Drives:
Safaris or game drives take place in the early morning, late afternoon and early evening. The game drives are led by experienced game rangers and trained nature guides. Guests are encouraged to involve themselves in the safari experience by asking questions and interacting with their ranger.

Mkuze Falls only admits a limited number of safari-vehicles to traverse the reserve at a time, no 'Bush-Rush' hours! 'Take five' in the heart of this beautiful landscape and enjoy your sundowners!

You will find that the expertise of the rangers and guides is invaluable as they have an amazing ability to spot game in situations where the untrained eye sees nothing.

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Mkuze Falls Lodge

Courses Nearby

  • There are no golf courses nearby.

Sights and Activities

  • This is time for searching for The Big Five in the bushveld and relaxation from the rigours of life


  • The unique ecosystems of riverine, wetland, lowveld bushveld and montane grassland provide the diversity and large quantity of bird and animal species
  • The reserve is home to the Big Five plus, cheetah, hippo and a vast number of plains game
  • For ornithologists and bird-lovers, Mkuze Falls and its wetlands are an absolute must. There are more than 400 species of birds in the area. More specifically the reserve is home to the Fish Eagle, Giant Kingfisher, Narina Trogon and the spectacular Purple-crested Loerie to mention a few.