We spent two nights here as a convenient stop-over and a chance to spend a day in Mkhuze nature reserve.
On arrival we were referred to Jean, the Safari manager. Jean was very helpful in providing us with information about the reserve and the hotel, as well as moving our luggage to our room. There are two other safari staff, so there is plenty of support available.
The room was quite nice but had some maintenance problems. The shower cubicle screen leaked at a couple of points, leaving the bathroom floor flooded. I reported this after the first shower I took and the floor was duly mopped, but of course that didn’t help for every other shower. We had to sacrifice some of our towels to keep the floor reasonably dry and safe.
The restaurant was something of an enigma. The evening meal food looked very nice, but much of it actually tasted of very little, or was not ‘right’ .It was also the only place in South Africa that we found had run out of Castle beer! (Alternatives were available). The restaurant was absolutely steaming on our first night. The aircon was then put on at our request and had a limited effect as the walls were open to the outside.
Breakfasts were very good although I was told that decaffeinated coffee was not available (and there was none in the room). However, on our last day, a manager overheard me ask for decaff and personally went and provided a cup of instant.
We ordered a packed breakfast and lunch for our day in the reserve and I must say they were excellent. Far more than we could eat, the left overs provided a light supper on a subsequent day.
There are several trees outside the main entrance with literally hundreds of weaver nests. However, the hotel is chopping one of these down each season after nesting, as they are too close to the building. A number of interesting birds visit the gardens, and you can walk through quite extensive reed-beds to a platform on the lake from which crocodiles may sometimes be seen. The reed-beds hosted many small warbler-type birds.
Mkhuze reserve takes a whole day and could be visited twice to get the most out of it. We saw many white rhino here, including a close-up group of 5. There are supposedly black (hook-lipped) rhino as well, but we didn’t see them. There are also giraffe, elephants, zebra, warthog and a few of the antelopes.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At the foot of the legendary Ghost Mountain lies the privately owned 4 Star Ghost Mountain Inn, a perfect setting for taking time out to relax and experience the charms of Africa in comfort and style. This intimate and beautiful hotel is in the heart of South Africa's Zulu Kingdom and is the ideal location from which to explore the array of wildlife and coastal reserves in northern KwaZulu Natal. Relax in one of tastefully appointed, en suite bedrooms or take in the golden African sunset from your very own garden patio. The Inn provides good food and friendly service either in the air conditioned restaurant or on the terrace overlooking the expansive grounds and indigenous gardens. Nature enthusiasts will appreciate the abundance of wildlife and the scenic splendours of this rich and diverse region, either as a self-drive or In the company of Ghost Mountain Safaris' knowledgeable rangers. Safari offerings include game drives and hikes in Mkhuze and Hluhluwe game reserves to see the big five, boat cruises and tiger fishing on Lake Jozini, Zulu cultural excursions and acclaimed birding in one of Southern Africa's top birding destinations with over 450 species. Escape and be pampered at the Ghost Mountain Spa. Offering a range of treatments utilising organic eco certified African skincare products, a steamroom, relaxation area with private plung pool, healthy lunches and an exercise facility for the more actively-inclined. For those travelling to southern Mozambique, or between Kruger Park, Swaziland and Durban, Ghost Mountain Inn makes an excellent stopover or memorable getaway. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ghost Mountain Hotel Mkuze