Mkuze Game Reserve

11th July 2016
On a Recent trip I went to Mkuze Game reserve in Northern Natal, the last Time I had been there was about 10 years before so I was looking forward to seeing the park again.

We stayed at Mkuze for 3 nights, the chalet had everything we needed and the staff were friendly and helpful.

Mkuze is a relatively small reserve and you can cover most of it in a days drive, the nice attraction at Mkuze is the hides that have been built where you can spend time birding or waiting for animals to pass by, a couple of hides overlook Nsumo pan that is great for birding and a number of others overlooking waterholes spread across the reserve, generally the most productive hides for game viewing are the kuMasinga and kuBubu hides.

During our stay a number of the hides were closed as they were been re-built and / or repaired so we only had access to the kuMasinga hide and a few others.

After driving to most parts of the reserve to have a look at the park we spent a lot of our time sitting in the hides at Nsumo pan where we saw a pack of 6 wild dogs on the far side of the pan and then kuMasinga hide where we saw a great variety of animals as well as 3 Cheetah that came for a drink.

The majority of our photography was done from the kuMasinga hide where there is a great vantage point of animals coming down to drink, the most productive times we found were from about 8 am to midday and then a couple of hours before sunset.

Mkuze is a great park and we enjoyed our time there, the hides are a real draw card and it is well worth a visit.

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