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“Mkuze Falls Game Lodge” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Mkuze Falls Game Lodge
Northampton, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
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“Mkuze Falls Game Lodge”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2013

Heavy rains Prior to my arrival meant not only the the lodges name sake, the Mkuze Falls, were in full flow, but the bush was also lush and thick. This I thought would make game viewing difficult. However the skills of Jabulani, our ranger and Mbuso our tracker meant that we got to see so much. Even elephants are not easy to spot but we encountered several including one particularly big bull in musth. In very long grass a pair of cheetah were spotted. They did not to be botthered at all by our presence and only lifted their heads to check us out. When navigating the reserves airstrip there was always something to see. Bird life including Plovers, Guinea Fowl and Whalbergs Eagles were there during the day. Warthogs, zebra and impala plus jackals were also present in numbers. As darkness fell it was a different story. With three lions appearing from the long grass and laying down close to our vehicle it explained why no other animals were present. The lodge itself has a rustic outer appearance and luxurious interiors. My room was big and looked over the falls below. There was also a private plunge pool and outdoor shower. The food was excellent and includes, breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. I did feel a little guilty about having impala for dinner but it was excellent!

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2013

Arlene Welsh of Little Milton Guest House in Nottingham Road booked us into this Game lodge for two nights ! we have two words to explain this experience ! PERFECTION AND BLISS!
The staff is to complimented firstly ! they went above and beyond to make these two short days perfect! from Sipho and Elliot the game wardens to Vuyo and her girls at the reception! these girls are the best! The meals were to die for and the personal touches of running our bath water to turning down the bed.
Would i come back.....OMG in a heart beat!!!

Room Tip: arrive before three pm on the fist day to enjoy the first high tea and game drive !
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2013

From the moment we arrived to the moment we left, we felt like royalty. The tranquility was abundant. The food far too much, but far too good. The hotel spoilt my partner as it was his birthday with a happy birthday song and a delicious cake on our door step as well as a very romantic turndown. Our guide was knowledgeable and the resident croc in the river at the base of the falls a treat. The game we saw were amazing, the baby elephants beautiful It was the perfect way for us to say good bye to Africa as we moved to the UK 2 days later. I can not wait to go back and visit. It was well worth the interesting drive from Nkandla to Pongola

Room Tip: We had one of the chalets looking over the falls, I would highly recommend the chalets on the lower...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Boston, Massachusetts
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95 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2012

From the first moment when we contacted the hotel to ask for additional information the service was nothing but outstanding.

Location - Sympathetically built into the landscape overlooking the falls.
Accommodation - Excellent
Meals - Superb and too much great food.
Service - The staff at this location pull the vacation today and make it a success.
Animals - The rangers at this reserve know their stuff and make the early mornings worthwhile

Special moments - Early morning coffee in the bush, "Sundowners" on the evening drive, and a drawn bath on your return.

As much as the experience of spending time with the rangers in the bush this vacation was made memorable by the other guests that we met from all over the world and the hospitality we received from local people.

Room Tip: What to say - with only a limited number of rooms at the lodge each one of them has a great view.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Paris, France
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31 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2012

The place is ideally located: just a 5-6 hours drive by car from Joburg. No crowd. Exactly what we were looking for.

My wife and I stayed three days at this wonderful out-of-time lodge in the middle of a gamepark that has it all. We saw the Big 5 including the unpredictable leopard. Our suite was spacious with a great view on the falls and lagoon. The whole place had that "out-of-Africa" atmosphere of a long forgotten time. We loved it. Even if the bathroom was a bit outdated, it had the right character. Staff was really dedicated to our well being. Although it was April, the climate was very nice (22 to 25°C). We didn't mind to be there at the start of the low season. Not many guests at the lodge nor in the game park. That gave us the feeling to be in our own place. No tourists. Only a nice touch of luxury in the middle of an overwhelming wild nature.

Perfect breakfast served by caring staff. Picnic during the safari itself - champagne included. Fine diner in the evening with an excellent wine list.

Three days was perfect for discovering the safari park.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Bonn, Germany
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30 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2012

Agree with the recent reviews that this is an excellent property in a beautiful, green and lush setting, with first class service and top notch food. Loved the hot towels and sherry, and the hot bubble baths drawn up as you return from your night drives.

Our game drives were not at all disappointing, even though it rained a bit which tends to keep the animals hidden. Our ranger, Jabulani, and our tracker, Norman, were dedicated and relentless in finding the animals. We saw the lions (even at camp practicing their hunting as we returned from a night drive) herd of cape buffalo, most of the 38 elephants on the property, some of them at quite close range, two cheetah brothers who ran from the valley floor to the fence to see their brother who lives on the other side. Giraffes and zebra were plentiful, as were impala, kudu, warthogs and the rest. We also saw an eagle baby that had fallen out of its nest, a family of porcupine that dashed across the road on a night drive, and interesting things such as dung beetles and blue-headed chameleons. We would never have noticed a lot of these animals if it weren't for Jabulani and Norman. The only animal we wanted to see but missed was the leopard. Would definitely go back.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2012

We just returned from our 2 night stay at Mkuze Private Game Reserve. We were a family of 5 (3 adults and 2 teenagers), traveling from the US. Our experience at Mkuze was wonderful. From the incredible views to the excellent staff. The safari rangers were very professional and experienced and my family felt safe and comfortable, which was very important to us. Every meal was prepared with care and was absolutely delicious. Thank you to all of our new friends at Mkuze, you made our trip spectacular!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Mkuze Falls Game Lodge
Address: On the R66, 30km South of Pongola | Magudu, Pongola 3170, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Zululand > Pongola
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Ranked #5 of 11 Specialty Lodging in Pongola
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Hotel Class:5 star — Mkuze Falls Game Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 10

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