Mkuze Falls Private Game Reserve
Pongola, Kwa ZuluNatal
Amenities & Facilities
Located along the northern bank of the Mkuze River, in the heart of KwaZulu Natal. Overlooking the Mkuze Waterfall, the lodge features nine luxuriously appointed.
Situated in the heart of historic Zululand in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal, Mkuze Falls Private Game Reserve is one of only two Private Game Reserves in the region where you can view the 'Big 5' - lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino, elephant and for bird lovers, nearly 430 species of birds are resident. Experience the unique richness that this peaceful part of Africa has to offer. It is a place of pure tastes and simple delights, celebrating the thrill of nature. This is the place with the sound and beauty of water falling seeps into your soul...
The Mkuze Falls Lodge
The Mkuze Falls Lodge is located along the northern bank of the Mkuze River, in the heart of KwaZulu Natal. Overlooking the Mkuze Waterfall, the lodge features nine luxuriously appointed Thatched Chalets and one Safari Suite, accommodating eighteen guests in utmost comfort and style. All these rooms have a breathtaking view of the river, bush and mountains. Private plunge-pools and an outside shower provide a wild but intimate touch alongside the gratifying luxury of the air-conditioned bedroom.
The peace, scenery and style of the lodge allows for a calm atmosphere amidst the elegant decor. Relax in the spacious lounge, view animals from the wooden deck, sip cocktails in the swimming pool or recount your sightings of the day in the bar! Taste South African food with a sophisticated flair under a star strewn sky or in the boma to the sounds of tribal dance and song.
The Mkuze Falls Safari Suite
The Mkuze Falls Safari Suite consists of a spacious living and sleeping area, both with views up and downstream the Mkuze River and the waterfall. This suite has a small but comfortable and well-equipped kitchen and, of course, all the features of the other chalets like fans, air-conditioning and en-suite facilities. The adjoining private outside shower and splash pool area is spacious and secluded. The Safari Suite 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.
The Mkuze Falls Tented Lodge
The Mkuze Falls Tented Lodge is for an adventurous experience in five “Hemingway” style East African Tents, each overlooking the Mkuze River. The tents are built on wooden decks raised on stilts with beautiful views of the lush countryside. The facilities include a lounge, bar, boma and swimming pool. 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 elegance of the tented design is reminiscent of a bygone era, beckoned by the freestanding Victorian bath in the en suite bathroom. Each tent is completely private and well spaced apart, tucked into the bush providing an eco-friendly retreat. Each tent is air-conditioned and has a private game viewing deck with spectacular views of the lowveld bushveld and shimmering waters of the river where numerous antelope and other wildlife frequent. The atmosphere experienced in this Safari Lodge is an awesome sense of Africa, its nature, and beauty. It is where its history of the wild comes to life and captures the free-spirited peace. Enjoy starlit evenings in the boma, or on the bar deck or make use of the cosy dining room! The tented lodge provides a true African adventure with utmost comfort and style.
The Mkuze Falls Private Game Reserve is host to an impressive variety of wildlife. Take a journey with us and discover the richness and diversity of this unique part of the world we call Paradise, where ‘rush-hour’ is unheard of…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, 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 Lourie to mention a few.
uests are invited to join the open-vehicle safaris with experienced field guides and rangers who also conduct bird, bush and game walks on request. Enjoy two game drives daily in this Private Big Five Reserve, one in the early morning where our visitors will meet for coffee and tea before going out on an adventure, returning for a scrumptious breakfast. In the afternoon high tea is served in the lounge area, which boasts an array of delightful and delectable treats, after which you are invited to join the afternoon drive. This is an exciting time as the sun slowly slips away and you may be lucky to see some of the night creatures as they start to make an appearance.
Your guide will find an ideal spot to enjoy a sun-downer which is traditionally an African safari experience to listen to the sounds as night approaches and watch a beautiful sun down as the day ends.The game vehicles are comfortable and are at a height which presents good game viewing and ample opportunities for photography.
Game and bird walks are conducted professionally and safely bringing the bush alive in a close encounter with the knowledge of the guide. The unique ecosystems of riverine, wetland, lowveld bushveld and montane grassland provide the diversity and large quantity of bird and animal species, big and small.
A complimentary Wildlife & Birdlife Checklist booklet is handed out to guests to record their viewing on the game drives and walks, this has proven to be popular as a memento of their visit with us!
Our unique Safari Pontoon offers a relaxing adventure like no other and a different game viewing pleasure! Unwind as the Safari pontoon drifts tranquilly on the water, cradled by the mountain and showing a different angle of the bush. Watch out for wildlife and birdlife at the waters edge, the African Fish-Eagle waiting for the perfect moment to snatch a meal from the water or perhaps an Elephant enjoying a dip. Don't forget to take your binoculars and camera!
For the keen fishermen, there is also morning fishing at a private dam. Mkuze Falls is situated only an hour and a half drive from two great bass fishing destinations, including Bivane Dam (Vryheid) and Goedertrouw Dam (Eshowe)
The Spa centre is run by a fully qualified massage therapist and beautician and offers the various treatments to be pampered in private at both lodges. Nothing could be more luxurious and indulgent than to be in the Mkuze Falls paradise and have the stress expertly massaged out of your muscles.
Whether you are a business man, a bride to be or a groom or just in need of that little bit extra on your safari, there is plenty of time to be spoilt in your 'busy' schedule between lazing at the lodge pool with a cocktail, going on a safari drive...reading that book you always meant to. As we say at Mkuze Falls, this is part of our 'rush-hour'.
Massage reverses the effects of negative stress by bringing about the relaxation response, which includes reducing blood pressure, heart rate, respiration rate, and the level of stress hormones in the body.
* Children – 50 percent of the adult sharing rate when sharing in the same room/tent with 2 adults .
* Children of all ages are welcome.
* Due to safety reasons, children younger than 6 years of age are unfortunately not permitted on the daily game drives.
* Children younger than twelve years of age may share the rooms with parents with a maximum of 1 child per chalet and a maximum of 2 children in the Luxury Safari Suite.
South African Rate From:
R 1 765 per person per night sharing
Valid 01 Feb 2017 to 30 Nov 2017
* Book within 14 days
* Dates EXCLUDED 12 Feb 2017 to 14 Feb 2017, 20 Dec 2017 to 08 Jan 2018
R 4 005 per person per night sharing
Valid 01 Feb 2017 to 30 Apr 2017
R 2 655 per person per night sharing
Valid 01 May 2017 to 30 Sep 2017
R 4 005 per person per night sharing
Valid 01 Oct 2017 to 30 Nov 2017
* All meals
* Game drive beverages and snacks
* Internet facilities
* Room service
* Morning and afternoon game drives
* Note - a boat cruise is included for guests staying 2 nights or more
* Conservation levy of R100.00 nett per adult per stay and R50.00 nett per child under 12 years per stay
* Drinks from the main bar and mini bars
* Boat and fishing trips
* Items of a personal nature
* All extras
Term & Conditions:
* Rates valid for South African Residents only.
* Rates are subject to change and availability.