Welcome to uMkhuze Game Reserve
The uMkhuze Game Reserve is, in a phrase, a trip highlight. Established in 1912 to protect the nyala antelope, and now part of iSimangaliso Wetland Park, this reserve of dense scrub and open acacia plains covers some spectacular 360 sq km. It successfully re-introduced lions in 2014, and just about every other sought-after animal is represented, as well as more than 400 bird species, including the rare Pel’s fishing owl (Scotopelia peli). The reserve has fabulous hides, some at waterholes; the pans, surrounded by fever trees, offer some of the best wildlife viewing in the country. It’s 15km from Mkuze town (18km from Bayla if heading north).