Situated in the heart of Zululand in KwaZulu-Natal, Mkuze Falls Private Game Reserve is one of only two Private Game Reserves in the region where you can view the ‘Big 5’ as well as nearly 430 species of birds are resident.

Overlooking the Mkuze Waterfall, the lodge features 8 luxurious thatched Chalets and 1 Safari Suite, accommodating guests in utmost comfort and style. All Chalets are built on raised wooden platforms and the spacious veranda of each unit provides fantastic views of the river, the waterfall and the surrounding hills.

The 8 characteristic thatched, twin-bedded chalets are spacious and each bed is fitted with its own mosquito net. Each Chalet has its own entrance and is equipped with telephone, air conditioning, fan and mini-bar. Luxurious en-suite facilities offer a bath, toilet, secluded outside shower and plunge pool. Each Chalet is completely private although panoramic vistas of the river and beyond can be enjoyed from some of the adjoining decks.

A romantic and beautifully decorated suite for anyone who would like to experience African luxury in the purest sense. Magnificent views from the private veranda, the Safari Suite is ideal for special occasions and honeymooners or those who want to experience something a little extra.
The Mkuze Falls Safari Suite consists of a spacious living and sleeping area, both with views up and downstream the Mkuze River and the waterfall. This suite has a small but comfortable and well-equipped kitchen and, of course, all the features of the other chalets like fans, air-conditioning and en-suite facilities. The adjoining private outside shower and splash pool area is spacious and secluded. The Safari Suite also has its own outside terrace with a unique view over the river. A better place to enjoy your intimate dinner will be hard to find.

The peace, scenery and style of the lodge allows for a calm atmosphere amidst the elegant decor. Relax in the spacious lounge, view animals from the wooden deck, sip cocktails in the swimming pool or recount your sightings of the day in the bar! Taste South African food with a sophisticated flair under a star strewn sky or in the boma to the sounds of tribal dance and song.

Guests are invited to join the open vehicle safaris with experienced field guides and rangers who also conduct bird, bush and game walks on request. Enjoy two game drives daily in this Private Big Five Reserve, one in the early morning where our visitors will meet for coffee and tea before going out on an adventure, returning for a scrumptious breakfast. In the afternoon high tea is served in the lounge area, which boasts an array of delightful and delectable treats, after which you are invited to join the afternoon drive. This is an exciting time as the sun slowly slips away and you may be lucky to see some of the night creatures as they start to make an appearance. Your guide will find an ideal spot to enjoy a sundowner which is traditionally an African safari experience to listen to the sounds as night approaches and watch a beautiful sunset as the day ends. The game vehicles are comfortable and are at a height which presents good game viewing and ample opportunities for photography.

Game and bird walks are conducted professionally and safely bringing the bush alive in a close encounter with the knowledge of the guide. The unique ecosystems of riverine, wetland, lowveld bushveld and montane grassland provide the diversity and large quantity of bird and animal species, big and small.

Valid from 01-12-2019 to 30-11-2020

Room Type High Season
(1st October 2020- 30th November 2020)
Low Season
01 May 2020 – 30 Sept 2020
8 Luxury Chalets  R 5 450 R 3 750
1 Luxury Safari Suite  R 6 050  R 4 250

*All rates are per person per night sharing

Rooms – 8 Chalets and 1 Luxury Safari Suite
Child Policy – All ages accepted
Spa – Yes
Malaria Area – No
Conference – No
Big 5 Area – Yes
Location – Pongola – Kwa-Zulu Natal
Drive Time – 5.5 hour drive from OR Tambo International Airport, 4.5 hour drive from Durban, 2.5 hour drive from Richard’s Bay

COVID-19 Preventative Measures

Safaris/ Activities/ Transfers offered on site:

  • The number of guests per safari vehicle will not exceed 6 people
  • Alcohol-based sanitizer will be available on all game vehicles and in public spaces

Sanitization facilities of Suites/ Tents & Public areas:

  • Extensive and enhanced cleaning and disinfecting procedures will be carried out in all rooms and shared spaces
  • On check out, rooms will be completely deep cleaned, disinfected and sanitized
  • Sanitizing stations will be available in public areas and in each room

Dining facilities & Kitchen:

  • Social distancing protocols will be implemented in the dining areas with tables set apart from each other

Guests – Monitoring & Protection:

  • Should a guest show signs of COVID-19 infection, all lodge management staff are trained on what to do in accordance from SA Government & the W.H.O

Staff – Monitoring, Training & Protection:

  • Daily detailed health checks and screening, as well as temperature checks, will be implemented for all staff and all data stored
  • Supplementary training relevant to the current situation will be conducted for all staff
  • All Operational staff have been provided with the correct personal protective equipment

Wellness centre/ Fitness:

  • Our wellness centre will be temporarily closed

Covid-19 Support Services:

  • Should a guest show signs or be flagged as a potential COVID-19 case, healthcare facilities are accessible from Mkuze Falls Private Game Reserve – distance is 40km’s
  • The necessary course of action to follow for a suspect case will be guided by our emergency medical partners

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