Mkhuze Game Reserve

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About Mkhuze Game Reserve

Mkhuze is one of South Africa’s little gems. It is seldom visited by overseas tourists, but popular with local birders and photographers. Several photographic hides give close-up viewing opportunities of a wide variety of animals coming to drink in the dry winter months. The Park is home to four of the Big Five, with only lions absent.

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400km² / 154mi²
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22-442m / 72-1,450ft
Pros and Cons
  • Good wildlife viewing with most of the Big Five present
  • Three excellent hides
  • Renowned birding destination
  • Good facilities and roads catering to self-drive visitors
  • Reasonably priced rest camp in the park
  • The hides get very busy during school holidays
  • No high-end accommodation available in or around the park


Mkhuze offers great wildlife viewing and is home to the Big Five. Both rhino species are present and white rhino sightings are very common. There is a constant stream of animals drinking at the waterholes in front of the hides. These include large numbers of zebra, blue wildebeest, warthog and nyala.
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Mkhuze is part of the wetland system that makes up iSimangaliso Wetland Park. The Mkhuze River meanders along the reserve's borders with big fig trees covering the banks. A rare type of sand forest occurs in the reserve and is home to many special birds. Nhlonhlela and Nsumo are two scenic pans surrounded by yellow fever trees.

Weather & Climate

Summer in Mkhuze (October to April) is strikingly hot and humid, and thunderstorms blow in most afternoons. The hottest period involves the months around the start of the year, when it usually doesn’t drop much below 20°C/68°F in the early morning. Winter (May to September) is much milder, and the rain is practically non-existent.
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Best Time to Visit

Crowds aren’t a problem at Mkhuze – the reserve gets so few visitors that it doesn’t even have a high season. But the heat and stormy weather of the Wet season (October to April) are problematic, often making game drives uncomfortable. Animals also tend to disperse in the thriving vegetation and can be hard to spot. For these reasons, it’s better to visit in the drier months, when clear skies and processions of wildlife at waterholes can be expected.
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By Alan Crawford from South AfricaZA

This game reserve is about an hour's drive north of the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Game Reserve and is a very good park for birding. The large water pans, when full, contain an abundance of water birds. The park also contains the big five and has very good hi... Full review

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