​User Reviews – uMkhuze GR

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Alan Crawford   –  
South Africa ZA
Visited: December 2016 Reviewed: Mar 19, 2017

Email Alan Crawford  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: over 5 safaris

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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 hides for photography and watching game. The park in in the northern section of the Isimangaliso Wetland Park.

tapaculo99   –  
United States US
Visited: July 2016 Reviewed: Aug 28, 2016

Email tapaculo99  |  under20 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Very nice, but unfortunate timing due to construction
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We stayed at uMkhuze for two nights in the end of July 2016. We stayed at Mantuma Camp, which was very nice; the rooms were clean and comfortable. We had a small difficultly with the hot water but the staff were very helpful.
In the morning we drove out to KuMasinga hide, and spent a lot of time at the waterhole there. Wildlife was plentiful - lots of Nyala, Wildebeest, and a single White Rhino. We also saw lots of neat birds in the sand forest, including some of the specialties of the area. We also visited the KuMahlahla hide, which had some more birds and baboons.
Unfortunately, at the time we were there most of the roads in the park were closed for maintenance, so we could only visit a small part of the reserve. This was disappointing, since it meant we couldn't see some of the birds we'd hoped for... however, it probably won't be an issue for much longer.

jamiebakerbirds   –  
United States US
Visited: November 2015 Reviewed: Jan 15, 2016

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Some very birding here, with some species difficult to see elsewhere.

Lee-Ann Conway   –  
South Africa ZA
Visited: October 2015 Reviewed: Jan 6, 2016

Email Lee-Ann Conway  |  35-50 years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

definitely will be going back there, my family loved it!
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If you enjoy camping as we do, you'll love uMkhuze. We stayed at the Emshopi campsite The ablutions and campsites are well kept. The hides have been upgraded and are absolutely stunning. uMkhuze boasts the big 5 so there is plenty of game to view. The staff at reception were amazing as was the guide who took us on our game drive. For more information and images please see www.lecphotography.co.za.
Please note that there is currently a drought so there are water restrictions in place and taking your own bottled water is advised.

Michael Potts   –  
Netherlands NL
Visited: October 2015 Reviewed: Dec 29, 2015

Email Michael Potts  |  35-50 years of age  |  Experience level: over 5 safaris

Overall rating

Great reserve with wonderful viewing hides

Caroline   –  
South Africa ZA
Visited: April 2015 Reviewed: Aug 19, 2015

Email Caroline  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: over 5 safaris

The review below is the personal opinion of Caroline and not that of SafariBookings.
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Once again its been a while since we visited and they have since introduced more wildlife. A wonderful memory is watching (from a distance) the hippo come out of the water after dark.

Jetzipops   –  
United Kingdom UK
Visited: March 2014 Reviewed: Jun 28, 2015

Email Jetzipops  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

My first visit to South Africa, my first Safari.
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Just to put things in perspective my holiday was actually called "Butterflies of South Africa" it was a four centre holiday starting at Wakkerstroom then uMkhuze, Saint Lucia and finally eShowe, only 2 nights were actually spent in the game reserve.

The main entrance to the reserve was flooded due to recent heavy rain, so we made a detour to another gate. Even at this one there was plenty of water about. For the remainder of my visit we never had any problems with floods, and the tracks and roads around the reserve were dry and in good repair.

I was provided with a tent. It had all modern conveniences, shower, flush toilet, electricity. Beds had mosquito nets. Unfortunately I was never at ease in the tent and didn't have a minutes sleep on my first night. I missed having a solid door! There are chalets on the site so if I went back I would definitely stay in one of them.

Butterflies and birds were our main objective, but we still had plenty of time to drive around the reserve to see much larger wildlife. It is hard to explain just how thrilling it is to see antelope, rhino, giraffe, zebra in their natural surroundings. We were actually in two minibuses, window seats were at a premium. Generally, my fellow travellers were considerate to others needs, and there was much moving around within the vehicle so everyone had a chance to get a good view and take some photos.

I have to mention our guides: John Davies and Bert Palthe of Lawson's Birding Safaris. They were very friendly, resourceful, and had a totally awesome knowledge of the fauna and flora of the region. In short they were totally amazing, and this added greatly to an already amazing experience (please remember this was my first safari)!

Some highlights of my visit were:
An early morning walk in the reserve searching for butterflies. The chief warden with his rifle made this particularly memorable, it also proved very rewarding in terms of butterflies seen.
An early morning drive to a viewing tower in the reserve. John and Burt supplied tea and "rusks" while we gazed over a panorama of the reserve. Mainly zebra sighted, but still rewarding.
An evening barbeque, where John and Bert cooked the food. A bright light shone on a white sheet attracted many insects. Another member of the group was wearing a white shirt and a gigantic dragonfly landed on it and stayed their for quite a while.

Finally I would just like to mention the drive into the reserve. It was particularly striking due to the enormous number of vast spider's webs on view. Large Golden Orb spiders were clearly visible on many of the webs.

hrosenlund   –  
Norway NO
Visited: October 2013 Reviewed: Jun 24, 2015

Email hrosenlund  |  20-35 years of age  |  Experience level: over 5 safaris

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I've only spent one day at uMkhuze, and didn't see much in terms of the big stuff. It is nice park, however, birding is very good, and the new facilites there, such as the new hides, are excellent!

JohnMacdonald   –  
United States US
Visited: August 2004 Reviewed: May 10, 2012

35-50 years of age  |  Experience level: over 5 safaris

The best hides in Africa
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uMkhuze Game Reserve is a little visit reserve with possibly the best hides in Africa. There is one particular hide that is in the middle of a water hole. Instead of driving all around on dusty roads looking for wildlife, you can relax at a comfortable hide and watch all the animals come to you. What was most interesting was listening to the wildlife. The hide allows you to be quiet and unseen so that you can observe more nuisances of the animal's behavior. We didn't stay in the park, however, the parks staff were very passionate about the park and took very good care of it.

Wim Spronk   –  
South Africa ZA
Visited: March 2011 Reviewed: Mar 22, 2012

Email Wim Spronk  |  65+ years of age

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I visited uMkhuze many times and remember it as a photographer's paradise. There were three comfortable hides and game kept coming to drink without stop right through the day. The last time I went the hides were closed because of the rain and I was very disappointed. The bird life is very good though.

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