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MKUZE FALLS GAME LODGE

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Situated in the heart of historic Zululand in the South African province of 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’ – lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino , elephant and for bird lovers, nearly 430 species of birds are resident.

Experience the unique richness that this peaceful part of Africa has to offer. It is a place of pure tastes and simple delights, celebrating the thrill of nature. This is the place with the sound and beauty of water falling seeps into your soul…

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Guest Reviews

Suheena Sen
Suheena Sen
2022-11-25
Exceptional bush experience and luxurious lodge! An incredible luxury bush experience with amazing sightings and the friendliest, most efficient and helpful Mkuze team. We highly recommend Mkuze Falls to everyone! Game Drives: Sandile is an expert guide and his extensive knowledge on every animal, bird, tree, etc is remarkable. I'd highly recommend asking for Sandile as your guide. He has a lovely personality and is attentive and considerate to each guest. He really made our bush experience so very interesting, fun and exceptional. He tracked each animal with dedicated perseverance and we were amazed each time at every sighting. See pictures attached. Sandile is outstanding as a guide and as a person and we are so happy to have met him. Booking: Our booking process with friendly Fezile was very easy and she kept in contact for days before the trip to ensure we would have all we needed. And we did have everything and more once we arrived at Mkuze which we greatly appreciated. Her friendly manner and the biggest smile each time we saw her was so welcoming. Sihle was also so kind and it was sad to say goodbye as they felt like friends. Facilities: What a stunning place Mzuke remains to be! This is our 3rd visit and there have been lovely renovations done which make meals and free time so much more relaxing. The decked areas are a great spot for animal watching and it's from here that we spotted a hyena, crocodile and hippos! Our chalets are so comfy and fully equipped with all we needed. I appreciate the turndown of our beds at night as we hopped straight into bed after big dinners. The towels, pillows and linen are exceptional as is the view from our deck of the falls. Room 5 is the best! Food: We were fully catered for during every meal despite each of us having different dietary requirements (vegan, vegetarian and lean meat eater). The kitchen team headed by Mandla created each dish with masterful flair and in a personalised and health conscious way which we highly appreciated. The dining team of Nelson, Nellie and Fortune made every meal so much better as they were always available and responsive to anything we required. Nelson is highly knowledgeable on wines and gins so definitely let him create drinks for you. Mkuze Falls is beautiful in facilities and in the experience it offers. Well done to a great team and the kindest hearts... We will be back!
Margot
Margot
2022-10-03
Traumhaft Wunderschöne, luxuriöse Lodge in traumhafter Lage mit Blick auf das Wasserloch. Sehr freundliches, hilfsbereiten und aufmerksames Personal, stets bemüht dass wir den Aufenthalt genießen konnten . Vor unsere Ankunft hatten wir eine Reifenpanne.Um uns die Teilnahme an den Game Drives zu ermöglichen nahm der Manager selbst sogar die 30 minütige Fahrt nach Pongola auf sich, um für uns den Reifen reparieren und kontrollieren zu lassen...vielen herzlichen Dank, das war unheimlich nett!!! Auch die Pirschfahrten waren super mit einem hoch ambitionierten Ranger. Insgesamt kann ich die Lodge wärmstens empfehlen. Wir hatten einen unvergesslichen Aufenthalt und kommen gerne wieder.
lucaffarri
lucaffarri
2022-08-22
Senza dubbio il miglior hotel del viaggio Esperienza fantastica come può essere solo ritrovasi gli unici ospiti in un hotel cinque stelle nella savana. Tutto il personale disponibilissimo e attento ad ogni esigenza: il ranger Sipho a cui ci siamo subito affezionati, è esperto e simpaticissimo. Abbiamo sempre trovato piatti gustosi con opzione vegetariana. La camera spaziosa, accogliente con una splendida vista sulle cascate è stato l’ambiente perfetto per immergersi nel clima africano.
Gabcero
Gabcero
2021-11-14
Magnifique domaine Lodge avec une vue magnifique! Des chambres propres, bien décorées mais nécessitant d'un rafraichissement. Une équipe aux petits soins. Nous avons fait 2 safaris avec un tandem de rangers très sympathique. Lions, éléphants, buffles... magnifique!!
max travels!
max travels!
2021-05-10
Couple's Retreat We booked on the special rates last year and were not disappointed. The staff made us feel comfortable and met our every need. Rooms were tastefully decorated to capture the essence of the bush. Meals were amazing and the presentation of same was fabulous. We were joined by a 2nd couple on our game drives and since we were all birders, our guides were extremely obliging. We really experienced the best the bush had to offer during our 2 night stay.
Kimhicky
Kimhicky
2021-05-09
Best relaxing holiday ever! My husband and I visited Mkuze Falls Game reserve this weekend, and all I can say is WOW!!! From the moment we arrived to the moment we left, all the staff at Mkuze were consistently amazing! So friendly, so welcoming and so passionate. All Covid regulations were set in place and not once did we feel vulnerable. Sinhle was amazing welcoming us and checking us in, and made sure we were happy. The kitchen and dining staff Nellie, Fortune, Sabile and Mnelisi were so efficient and friendly. As for the game drives... the best we’ve ever been on! It wasn’t just about finding game, but so educational, we learned so much!! Matthew and Casey, you went above and beyond! Thank you for all the tips on what to look out for when looking for certain game. Loved the views, the rooms overlook a beautiful waterfall, with outdoor showers and your own plunge pool!! To end it off, as we were about to leave this morning, our car was driven to reception for us, we noticed it had had a beautiful clean! We can’t thank you enough! Definitely will be back! I’ve never felt more relaxed on holiday!
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251duncanw
2021-03-30
Three day bush experience Mkuze Falls The accommodation is lovely, Looks over the falls or the river. Really a super location. Game viewing was also impressive and really enjoyed the experience. Some rooms are defiantly better than others but all are up to a high standard. Sister and Brother in Law had the best room in the lodge. With lots of space and looking over the river. It was a mind memorizing view as well. We could see lion from the balcony of the room. Food was left a little wanting. with some of us not having a great meal. It had nothing to do with the staff or what was on offer. We just the execution of some of the meals which disappointed us. Had the food been better. this would have been a 5/5 for me.
DeeR S
DeeR S
2021-03-01
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!
Fathima H
Fathima H
2020-11-05
Amazing lodge in the heart of Zululand The lodge is beautiful, comfortable and private. Great location and incredible wildlife and game drives. The staff are really friendly and hospitable and go out of their way to make your stay memorable and comfortable with special attention to detail. The rangers are excellent, trying their best to give you the best experience on a game drive. Had an amazing experience! Loved it!
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