Wonderful Stay Mkuze Falls Safari Lodge: Our trip between Karongwe & Mkuze was a little stressful as our car broke down in Hoedspruit. Thankfully we got it sorted even though it was a Saturday. Such amazing people in that neck of the woods. I kept Mkuze Lodge informed about our progress via WhatsApp which was great. On arrival, late afternoon s sadly we missed our first drive ☹ However we were greeted by the duty Manageress Sihle, what a wonderful friendly & chatty young lady! She took care of the form filling & welcome drink and then she showed us all around the lodge and to our room. What a beautiful setting over the waterfall and gorge & the gardens are simply stunning! The main lodge is again nicely laid out, beautifully decorated & I particularly loved the lounge area with all the comfy furniture, loads of stunning coffee table books & a stunning deck overlooking the falls. The meals were really amazing & we thoroughly enjoyed all of them. The lady who looked after all our needs, Mnelisi or “Nelly”, was an absolute gem going to great lengths to make sure we were always fine! Our room was stunning, again the view over the falls and reserve is spectacular. We loved the bathroom with the outside shower & the little splash pool surrounded by the lushest vegetation! Unfortunately, we had no hot water on the first night, the maintenance chap came out & had a look but something on the geyser had gone and he was only able to fix it the following day. Luckily, it was exceptionally hot, so a cold shower was actually refreshing! The reserve itself is too beautiful, so different to what we are used to in the Greater Kruger area. Our ranger Colin and tracker Thokozani - who is simply unbelievable like no other tracker we have ever experienced; were both really fantastic. Being December as to be expected the bush was green, lush & very thick. Once Colin found out we like birds he kicked into another gear and took great pleasure in the bird watching with us. He is extremely knowledgeable on the birds but as he says “normally” his guests are only interested in the Big 5. Being just hubby & I on the vehicle with them meant we could take time with the smaller things as well which was terrific. We truly loved our drives, the landscape, and the animals we were lucky enough to see. 4 of the Big 5 with the exception of leopard. We so enjoyed our stay that we actually wanted to extend it by 2 nights. Hubby enquired with Sihle who said that there was more than ample room & we could stay a further 2 nights in our room as they had very few upcoming bookings. However she could not make the decision as to whether they would let us stay on the same rate so she then called a lady by the name of Nadine (I believe she & her husband manage the lodge) who said no we could not have the same rate, but we could stay for a higher amount. However hubby was adamant that if they were not going to let us stay on for the same rate, he would not. So sadly we had to leave. Seemed really short sighted on the lodges part given they were far from capacity! ☹ It was a wonderful stay, and we would return – just disappointed that we were not able to extend our stay!