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.
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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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