Manyoni Private Game Reserve is a shining jewel in the crown of the natural havens of the Zululand area of South Africa. Those who intend on experiencing a safari without equal should include this reserve on their itinerary. The 23,000-hectare reserve came to life after the fences were dropped between 17 individual properties, which led to a concerted effort to protect the biodiversity of the area’s landscapes and ecosystems.
It is these systems that now support the existence of a myriad of species. At the top of the list are the Big Five and endangered species like cheetahs and wild dogs. Manyoni Private Game Reserve is located only three hours drive from Durban, which has an airport with car hire facilities. Those intending to drive from Johannesburg should be prepared for a journey of around six hours.
Manyoni Private Game Reserve is located in KwaZulu-Natal which means a six-hour drive from Johannesburg where most international travellers arrive at OR Tambo International Airport. Car hire facilities are available at all airports.
Game viewing at Manyoni Private Game Reserve is best between August and October when there is a respite from the heat, and the bush opens up.
The Private Game Reserve is home to an impressive array of fauna species. Guests can expect to encounter over 70 different mammals like lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog, elephant, buffalo, rhino, honey badgers, mongoose, bushbuck and duiker. Twitchers will be delighted with the more than 450 recorded bird species, making the reserve one of the best spots to scan the skies for the feathered kind.
Game viewing at Manyoni Private Game Reserve is best between August and October when there is a respite from the heat, and the bush opens up. During the height of summer, from November till February, visitors will experience very hot and humid conditions.
Guided game drives in equipped safari vehicles are part of the activities on offer at the Game Reserve. Guests can also visit the Zululand Rhino Orphanage to get a glimpse into the care and rehabilitation of orphaned rhino calves. There is also the opportunity to visit the Mandlakazi Tribal Land to experience the local Zulu culture.
Manyoni Private Game Reserve offers overnight facilities at a handful of distinctly different establishments. The lodges make provision for either a unique all-inclusive experience, an all-round family experience or a private group affair.