Tourism, Accommodation and Historical Attractions in Natal, South Africa
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78 mammal and 64 reptile species have also been recorded. There are six game viewing hides at artificial water holes at which guests can see game arriving to drink, especially in the dry season.
Established in 1912, the reserve contains an astonishing variety of habitats including montane, riverine forest, swamp and grassland.
At the Nsumu Pan, two hides have been constructed to allow guests the opportunity of viewing concentrations of waterfowl and pelicans while communities of crocodiles and hippos also congregate there. The reserve is principally acacia veld, sand forest and grassland.
There are 100kms of roads, a self guided trail, night drives, curio and provision shop, accompanied walks, overnight camping and a wilderness trail.
In the reserve is a sacred burial site of local chiefs. Access is to members of the tribe alone. Nearby is a cultural village where one may purchase local handicrafts.
Mammals include rhino, waterbuck, zebra, warthog, cheetah, giraffe, hippo, kudu, baboon, wildebeest, jackal, impala, leopard, monkey, porcupine and many others.
The Mantuna camp comprises a selection of fully equipped and serviced self catering two bedded huts, five bedded bungalows and two seven bedded self contained cottages. There is also a rustic camp although visitors must supply their own bedding. There is a large floodlit swimming pool.
The Nhlohlela bush camp comprises four thatched reed huts connected by boardwalks to a communal lounge and dining room situated on a clifftop overlooking a pan. Both the views and the sunsets are stunning and the services of both a cook and game ranger are included in the tariff.
The Umkumbi Tented Bush Lodge comprises fully equipped safari tents with en suite facilities. There is also a camp site at Emshopi at the entrance to the reserve.
The three hour Nonhlonhlela Trail takes visitors through fever trees and fossil hills and the shorter Fig Tree Walk traverse different habitats. Between April and October (winter) there are highly recommended bushveld trails (contact Ezemvelo Wildlife).
The Mkuze Bushveld Trail is a Wilderness Trail is a three day/ two night trail between March and November. Plenty of birds, buck, rhino and elephant may be seen. Contact the Ezemvelo Wildlife.