"THE DIVERSITY OF MKUZI" Mkuze Game Reserve by LoriPori

Mkuze Game Reserve Travel Guide: 28 reviews and 71 photos


Thursday, September 29, 1994
Nestled below the Ubombo Mountains with riverine forest and a wilderness of tall tree savanna MKUZI GAME RESERVE was established in 1912 and comprises 36000 hectares.
The 3 hour Nonhlonhlela trail leads you through scenic areas of the Reserve, while the Auto trail, which we took, meanders through several interesting and diverse habitats.
Bird life is prolific with 418 species being recorded. Nsumo Pan has two bird-viewing hides providing fine views for bird-watchers.
The animal life is abundant with species including impala, nyala, blue wildebeest, zebra, rhino, giraffe, leopard, tortoise, baboon, warthog, cheetah, hyena and suni.
Six permanent hides provide excellent viewing for game. Of note are the hides at Bube and Masings.


Long legs and a very long neck, make the GIRAFFE one of Southern Africa's most unusual mammals. But these oddities enable the Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) to feed on leaves and seed-pods at a height where grass-eating animals cannot reach. Although the Giraffe has a height of 5.5 metres, it has the same number of vertebrae in its neck as a tiny sparrow. Calves when born, after a gestation period of 15 months are already 2 metres tall.
Giraffe are gregarious and are often seen in the company of Zebra and Antelope and are present in most large game reserves including here in Mkuzi.


With only the males carrying the lyre-shaped horns of approximately 50 cm, IMPALA (Aepyceros melampus) are elegant animals. Very gregarious, they can be seen in herds of 300 or more. Impala was abundant at Mkuzi.

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  • Pros:Many different Animals could be seen here
  • Last visit to Mkuze Game Reserve: Sep 1994
  • Intro Updated Aug 2, 2008
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  • wise23girl's Profile Photo
    Jul 10, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    I have sure missed out never having been here.

    • LoriPori's Profile Photo
      Jul 11, 2013 at 1:03 AM

      Mukuze was a wonderful experience. Seems like ages ago that we were there. Thanks for stopping by.

  • GentleSpirit's Profile Photo
    Oct 28, 2012 at 5:47 AM

    Lori, this must have been exhilarating to see all this variety of animals in the wild. Did you see any of them attacking?

    • LoriPori's Profile Photo
      Oct 28, 2012 at 6:41 AM

      No, we didn't see any of them attacking. for the most part, the animals that we saw were not aggressive, except perhaps for the warthog and the monkeys, who can be nasty if approached

  • imran8852's Profile Photo
    Sep 15, 2010 at 5:35 AM

    Just Drop By To Say Hello:)

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Jan 20, 2010 at 11:40 AM

    What great luck to see so many different animals on your trip! Great photos!

  • mikelisaanna's Profile Photo
    Nov 13, 2009 at 6:07 PM

    We loved our visit to this part of South Africa last summer. Unfortunately, we did not make it to Mkuze. It looks like a good place.

  • evaanna's Profile Photo
    Aug 25, 2009 at 2:21 PM

    It must have been really exciting to see and photograph all those animals. Thanks for your warnings about the monkeys - I might have been tempted to approach them. Loved your pictures!

  • lynnehamman's Profile Photo
    Mar 27, 2009 at 6:19 AM

    Lovely description of animal life here, Lori.I love the tree house!We have not yet been here, but have been to Kruger Park

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Mar 5, 2009 at 11:58 AM

    Lori, another outstanding page of yours. It must have been quite exciting to see all those lovely animals so close.

  • yumyum's Profile Photo
    Nov 10, 2008 at 10:09 AM

    Game viewing is sure a great past-time! Never heard of this game reserve before.

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Aug 2, 2008 at 10:08 AM

    Wonderful page about animals so rare on VT, haha! Thanks Lori for sharing!


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