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Five Star rating:
In the heart of Zululand in KwaZulu-Natal, you will find the beautiful Mkuze Falls Private Game Reserve. The environment is a unique blend of bushveld, grassland and wetland, which offers a habitat for a great diversity of animal and bird species. The reserve is one of only two private reserves in the area that are home to the Big Five. It is a bird watcher's paradise, with over 400 species documented in the area.
Mkuze Falls Lodge consists of eight thatched chalets, a safari suite, a central complex and a tented lodge. The central complex is built on a raised wooden platform with spacious verandas that offer a clear view of the beautiful falls and the Mkuze River beyond. The lodge's facilities are all centrally located. These include a lovely dining room, a comfortable lounge area and a shady terrace that leads to the swimming pool. There is also a cozy indoor pub, where you can enjoy a sundowner or just relax. The large lounge area gives access to a viewing deck, which is built in such a way that it slopes over the river to maximize your view of the Mkuze River and the landscape beyond.
The chalets at Mkuze Falls Lodge are equipped with all that you would expect of a luxury five star South Africa lodge. Each chalet also has a private plunge pool as well as an outdoor shower. The elevated position of the chalets offer unsurpassed views of the surrounding environment.
The menus change daily and feature deliciously prepared African cuisine, including venison. In the evenings locals perform highly energized Zulu dances to entertain guests. In fine weather, dining is enjoyed in the boma under a sky dotted with brilliant stars. The lodge has a fully-equipped health and beauty center where you can relax and unwind.
Visitors to Mkuze Falls Private Game Reserve will be transferred to Falls Lodge from Richard's Bay via O R Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg for their safari in northern Zululand. The Big Five can be observed from a variety of platforms during this safari package, from a traditional game drive or bush walk to the reserve's exclusive Safari Boat - a pontoon that cruises along the Mkuze River and enjoys close encounters with bathing elephants. The surrounding wetlands melting into the bushveld provide a wilderness arena unlike anywhere in Africa.
The lodge's in-house spa offers several beauty and massage treatments for guests who desire absolute relaxation on their holiday experience. Enjoy cocktails in the nip of your private plunge pool or soak up the sun on a daybed around the pool deck. In the evenings, dine on South African infusions over the sprightly bubble of the Mkuze waterfall.
If you are fortunate enough to consider a luxury safari to northern Zululand in South Africa, you would do well to consider staying at Mkuze Falls Lodge. The setting of the lodge is spectacular and, in my opinion, the service is far superior to that at Phinda, the more well-known luxury reserve found in the area. Phinda is operated by the large &Beyond company, whilst Mkuze Falls is family-owned and managed. When planning a visit to the area, please just bear in mind that it is excruciatingly hot between the months of December and March, and that malaria is endemic to the region.
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