iSimangaliso Wetland Park: uMKhuze Game Reserve

On the 15th of February 1912 the Mkuzi Game Reserve was proclaimed in the north of the Natal Province. At that stage the reserve covered 251km², with its northern and eastern border being the river of the same name. In the west the reserve straddles the Lebombo Mountain and in the south it reached to […]

Autumn Adventure – uMkhuze’s Giant Carrion Flowers

Now this is a plant that really grabs your attention when visiting the uMkhuze Game Reserve in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, especially if you have a chance to walk the grounds of the Mantuma Rest Camp where we stayed for 4 nights in March this year. Stapelia gigantea The Giant Carrion Flower is notable not […]

Autumn Adventure – First encounter with elephants at uMkhuze

While we’re on the subject of elephants; in four previous visits to the uMkhuze Game Reserve, an integral part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, we’ve never seen the reserve’s elephants, despite them numbering around a hundred animals. Finally that unlucky streak was broken on the 22nd of March this year during our fifth visit. We […]

Autumn Adventure – uMKhuze 22 March 2022

Today was our last full day here, but we’re still loving every second in the uMkhuze Game Reserve! Tomorrow mid-day we will be moving on to Cape Vidal, an old favourite of ours located in an entirely different section of the iSImangaliso Wetland Park.

Autumn Adventure – uMkhuze 21 March 2022

Today we spent the whole day – from sunrise to sunset – at uMkhuze’s Kumasinga waterhole with its brilliantly placed photographic hide. We’ll share loads more photos from today once we’re back home, but here’s a little teaser of a gallery.

Creatures Great and Small at uMkhuze

Despite the lush greenery making it a little more difficult than normal, we were treated to some amazing game-viewing at uMkhuze Game Reserve when we visited in March, and what better way to conclude our trip reports than with some photos of the “hairies and scaries” we encountered along the way? With so many habitats, […]

uMkhuze Birding

With a list of over 400 recorded bird species, the uMkhuze Game Reserve (part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park) is one of South Africa’s most highly-rated birdwatching destinations. The reserve is home to many commonly seen and well-known species, both residents and summer migrants, but also hosts several species rarely encountered in South Africa – […]

Celebrating nature’s resilience at uMkhuze

Not long ago, much of South Africa was in the grip of one of the most severe droughts in recorded history, and some parts of the country still are. Recent good rains in the north and east of the country has however had a positive impact, and while the effects of the drought will probably […]