place of great beauty and high contrasts, Mkhuze is renowned as a
mecca for bird lovers, with more than 420 bird species on record.
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.
rare type of sand forest also occurs in the reserve. Two beautiful
pans, Nhlonhlela and Nsumo, lie in the north and east respectively,
home to communities of hippo, crocodile, pink backed and white
pelicans, as well as a diversity of ducks and geese which gather in
spring. Situated in northern Zululand, this 40 000 hectare reserve
was proclaimed a protected area in 1912.
Game Reserve constitutes the north western spur of the Greater St
Lucia Wetland Park a recently declared World Heritage Site. The
Mkhuze River curves along the reserve's northern and eastern borders
with a fine stretch of fig forest along its banks. Fish eagles swoop
over the pans, snatching prey spotted from their perches in the fever
trees. Other animals to be found in the reserve include Black and
White Rhinoceros, Elephant, Giraffe, African Wild Dog, Leopard,
Buffalo, Nyala, Blue Wildebeest, Warthog, Impala, Kudu and other
smaller Antelope. Rare species occurring are Cheetah, Hyaena and
enjoy excellent animal and bird sightings from the three hides in the
reserve. A Zulu cultural village in the reserve offers a glimpse of
the traditional lifestyle and crafts of the KwaJobe community.
Birding, game viewing and sitting quietly in the three game viewing
hides are the most popular activities in Mkhuze.
game walks can be booked at the camp office and these take place
twice daily starting at 06h00 in summer, and 15h00 in winter. Birding
in Mkhuze offers some of the best birding opportunities in South
Africa and with a bird list of 420 species is excellent all year
round. Guided birding walks may be booked at the camp office, and
these take place twice daily starting at 06h00 in summer, and 15h00
in winter. A guided Fig Forest walk is also available and is an
excellent birding opportunity. Checklists are available from the
Walks R100 p/adult R50 p/child
Fig Forest Walk R130 p/adult R65/child
Drive R200 p/adult R100/child
Opening and Closing Times:
(November to March) 05h00 to 19h00
(April to October) 06h00 to 18h00
Number: (035) 5739004 or 5739001 or cell
082 799 1491
Shayamoya travel on the N2 South for approx. 90km. Turn left towards
the town of Mkuze. Travel straight through the town until you reach a
T-junction. Turn right. The road becomes a dirt road. Continue for
about 15km following the signs to the Reserve.