Mkuze Falls Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
A place of unspoiled pleasures and simple delights, the Mkuze Falls Private Game Reserve is first and foremost a celebration of nature. This hospitable retreat is situated in the heart of South Africa's peaceful and historic Zululand, between Kruger National Park and the Zululand Coast. In this breathtaking region of riverine, wetland, lowveld, bushveld and montane grassland ecosystems, the landscape graciously hosts creature comforts. Stay in either the Falls Lodge, Safari Suite or Tented Lodge, providing an authentic bush camp experience.
Although resort pleasures are bountiful - from the sparkling pool to the traditional South African cuisine - it is wildlife that plays a starring role. The lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant share their surroundings with cheetah, hippo and nearly 400 species of resident birds, including the spectacular Purple-crested Lourie. Along with unforgettable game drives, you are also invited to explore the nearby historical Zululand Battlefields, fish on Pongolapoort Dam and enjoy evening entertainment provided by traditional Zulu dancers.
Location of Mkuze Falls Private Game Reserve
Nearest Airport: JNB
Amenities for Mkuze Falls Private Game Reserve
- General Information
- 15 Guest Rooms
- Outdoor Dining
- Dining Room
- On-Site Amenities
- Laundry Service
- Live Entertainment
- In-Room Amenities
- Air Conditioning
- Ceiling Fans
- In-Room Safes
- Mini Bar
- Coffee & Tea Facilities
- Outdoor Showers
- Private Pools
- Private Decks
- Wildlife Viewing
- Bird Watching
- Game Drives
- Meeting Rooms
- Active & Adventure
- Food & Wine
- Summer Getaways
Reviews for Mkuze Falls Private Game Reserve
My family visited Mkuze falls for a long weekend to celebrate my son's 21st birthday and we were not disappointed. This is a lovely game lodge. The reserve itself is really beautiful with varied terrain and vegetation. It is also small, with only 8 chalets and 2 game vehicles. The accommodation is wonderfully romantic. Thatched roofs, beautiful reed and rope walls, huge canopied beds, and beautiful views from the balconies. The chalets are close together but very private as each is surrounded by vegetation. We also really appreciated the service. The lodge seemed to be run by the staff over the weekend, with no obvious supervision, and the service was wonderful. It is hard to describe the warm, generous atmosphere generated by the lodge staff. The food was fantastic: generous, delicious and beautifully presented. This is also the only game lodge we have stayed at so far which serves lunch in addition to breakfast and a generous high tea before the afternoon game drive. The game drives were also superb. What the website fails to mention is that the two rangers have been there for 12 and 15 years respectively and are incredibly knowledgable. We asked for a ranger who knows his birds and got Jabu who was remarkable. He has been birding since he was a teenager, and recognises even the most obscure LBJs from their flight pattern and call. As a result my husband and son, both very keen ornithologists, both saw over 100 birds over the weekend. In addition we saw the big five and two beautiful cheetahs. A special treat on the morning game drives, which we have never had at other reserves, was a hot water bottle to ward off the morning chill. Of course, it isn't perfect: nothing in life is. We had a couple of maintenance problems, but these were attended to as soon as we mentioned them. In short this lodge is very hard to beat. I am surprised by some of the negative reviews on trip advisor because this was certainly not our experience. We loved our weekend.
4Jones29 - Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
Best game reserve experience, the only animal we didn't see was leopards sadly.... Lodge rooms were stunning with great views of the falls and outdoor shower. Food was local and lovely, whilst the staff could not be more helpful. The treks around the reserve were top class with great guides (Jabulani) knowledge was amazing. Was great with our kids and would go back again in a heart beat. Thank you
My boyfriend and I visited Mkuze Falls Game Reserve last week. The lodge itself is in the middle of nowhere, so you really feel like you're in the depths of South Africa's landscapes, and when you arrive it doesn't disappoint in showing you the spectacular views over vast amounts of the reserve (and obviously the waterfall...with a resident croc & occasional hippo's) The staff are so warm and welcoming, in particular the rangers. We had Norman and Happy, and they were so friendly and obviously very experienced to do their best to make sure you see what you go there to see... the big 5! Food is equally as lovely, even the High Tea is delightful. Only word of warning would be that the transfers company they use was very expensive, and I would recommend sorting a transfer there & back (or your own hire car) before you go... we came from Durban and paid around 3,000 ZAR to get back which was reasonable compared to the 5,600 ZAR we were first quoted.
lmeads26 - Birmingham, United Kingdom
This was my second visit to Mkuze, and I have stayed at a lot of private game lodges throughout Africa and this is definitely one of the best, and far superior to some of the other lodges nearby. The accommodation is very good, each lodge has a splash pool, and there is a main swimming pool as well. The food is excellent and there is a very nice bar. The ranger and tracker are excellent and we saw both lions and cheetah extremely close, making eye contact with them! It is definitely a place to take overseas visitors who have not been on safari before.
Jennifer C - London, United Kingdom
Wow!! Returned after one year and still experienced the truly unique Lodge that we missed so much. Great and friendly staff. Most of them are there for more than 14 years and are still very happy when we spoke to them, well done Management! Food was tops and game drives awesome!! Saw big five twice in 4 day stay, wild dogs was the highlight. Will be back next year with a big group again, keep it up Mkuze Falls!!
travelsam278 - New York