Expert Reviews – Mkhuze GR
Ariadne is a renowned African wildlife photographer whose work is featured in many well-known guidebooks and magazines.
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Hiding in Mkhuze Game Reserve
The best thing about Mkhuze Game Reserve are the hides. As a photographer, I can sit in one of these perfectly designed hides all day. Kumasinga hide in particular tends to be very rewarding. The water surrounds the hide, so animals can approach from any direction. In fact, at times, you are literally surrounded by animals while sitting inside. There is usually a constant stream of animals coming to drink. Nyala, impala and warthogs are almost a constant presence. Rhinos often come alone or in small groups and a herd of elephants can take over the whole waterhole. Often there is a variety of animals at the waterhole at the same time. Some animals, like zebra and wildebeest, like to wade into the water and come really close to the hide so you could almost touch them. If you’re really lucky and you keep quiet, you might also see wild dogs or even a leopard. The hides are big, which makes moving around and photographing from different angles easy, but it also means that you sometimes share the hide with lots of other people. Therefore, South African school holidays aren’t a great time for visiting this small park as it can be very frustrating in the hides especially.
Philip is an acclaimed travel writer and author of many guidebooks, including the Bradt guides to Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and South Africa.
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What most distinguishes this small Zululand reserve is its network of about five photographic hides overlooking waterholes that seasonally attract incredible numbers of game. It is an exceptional spot for close up views and photographs of white rhino – we counted about a dozen in one day – as well as an ongoing parade of impala, warthog, zebra and Chacma baboon. The striking nyala antelope is common and the male is likely to be seen performing its spectacular dominance display’, erecting its long white spinal crest in a bristling assertively. More occasional drinkers include elephant, black rhino, giraffe and leopard, while regular avian visitors include the crested and crowned guineafowl and the garish purple-crested turaco. On a moderately busy day you might easily shoot 500-1,000 frames at the hide, but it also worth heading to Nsumo Pan, I the south of the park, where hippos grunt in shallows enclosed by a margin of tall yellow fever trees.