uMkhuze Game Reserve is located within the north-western part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and is one of South Africa’s hidden gems. The reserve spans an impressive 98,000 acres and is a place of great beauty and diversity. Natural habitats within the reserve comprise the Ubombo Mountains, broad stretches of acacia savannah, swamps, and woodlands, as well as riverine forests. Additionally, the stunning uMkhuze River boasts a magical stretch of fig forest along the banks, providing opportunities for photographers. uMkhuze is also home to the Big Five and is considered a world-renowned birding destination.
uMkhuze Game Reserve offers excellent wildlife viewing and is home to the Big Five. Endangered species such as the black and white rhinos are present, as well as the African wild dog and vultures. and white rhino sightings are very common. Other wildlife found in the reserve includes zebras, the blue wildebeest, warthogs and vervet monkeys. There are also a variety of tortoises, terrapins, snakes, and lizards, and the vast wetlands host hippos and crocodiles. With more than 420 recorded species, uMkhuze is a world-renowned bird-watching spot.
The best time to visit uMkhuze is in the dry winter months—between May and September. The dry season brings clear skies and an abundance of wildlife can be found at waterholes to stay hydrated. The rainy season occurs from October to April and tends to be very hot.
uMkhuze Game Reserve is an excellent safari destination and popular among bird watchers and nature photographers. Numerous shelters provide excellent close-up viewing opportunities as the wildlife make their way to the waterholes during the dry season. The reserve is known for its peaceful atmosphere and attracts many return visitors. Safari-goers can embark on guided game drives, cruise along the river, enjoy a safari walk or haul out the binoculars for excellent bird watching.
There are three accommodation options in uMkhuze. Accommodation consists of a lodge, 35 campsites, and various self-catering options.
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