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Zululand Rhino Reserve

The reserve lies within the Msunduzi valley in northern Zululand in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. The area falls under the Mkuze Valley Lowveld vegetation type, varying from Savanna thornveld, bushveld to riverine woodland, characterised by Acacias and Marulas.

Zululand Rhino Reserve Highlights

Zululand Rhino Reserve received 21 Black Rhino on the 13th of October 2005. Black rhino, which used to be the most abundant rhino species in the world, became seriously endangered following a disastrous poaching wave in the 1970s which wiped out 96% of Africa's wild black rhino population in just 20 years.

At the lowest point, there were just 2500 black rhino left. Due to intensive conservation efforts by organisations like Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, that number has gradually increased to around 3600.

Sun Safaris Says

  • The reserve has over 70 Mammal species and an exceptional diversity of birdlife.
  • The Reserve was chosen as a release site for the WWF Black Rhino Range Expansion Project and in 2005 a founder population of black rhino were released into their new home.
  • One of the top ten bird-watching areas in Southern Africa.
  • Experience the thrill and privilege of interacting with rescued elephants and be educated about the plight of the mighty African Elephant.

Safari Lodges within Zululand Rhino Reserve

Zebra Hills Reserve

Located in the heart of Zululand, Zebra Hills is a private Big Five Game Reserve near Hluhluwe, situated within the 22 000 hectare biosphere of the Zululand Rhino Reserve. Zebra Hills Game Lodge is a nine-bedroom lodge sleeping 18 people in comfort with ensuite bathrooms and air-con.

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Leopard Mountain Game Lodge

This award-winning game lodge is located high up in the wild, secluded hills of the 23 000ha Zululand Rhino Reserve, a Big 5 Game Reserve, with spectacular views overlooking a vast stretch of unspoiled bushland and riverine forests.

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Rhino River Lodge

Rhino River Lodge is located on the banks of the Msunduze River inside the Zululand Rhino Reserve. The lodge grounds spread through an area of thick riverine vegetation, rich with bird and animal life, and filled with magnificent fig and fever trees.

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African Spirit Game Lodge

African Spirit Game Lodge, situated 12km west of Mkuze, invites guests to experience true luxury and warm African hospitality. The lodge is situated within the Zululand Rhino Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal, against the backdrop of the Lebombo Mountains.

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Bayete Zulu House

Bayete Zulu is part of the 22000 hectare Zululand Rhino Reserve, considered to be one of the most densely stocked and ecologically balanced in northern KwaZulu Natal. The lodge offers self catering accommodation, including 2 game drives per day with an accredited and fully qualified ranger.

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Mavela Game Lodge

Centrally situated on the 23500ha Zululand Rhino Reserve, in the heart of historic Zululand, Mavela welcomes all nature lovers to enjoy the Big Five in the varied terrain and habitat. A spectacular, thatched home-from-home offering a warm Zululand welcome to discerning wildlife enthusiasts.

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Zenzulu Lodge

ZenZulu is a luxury lodge in the heart of Zululand, South Africa; situated between Hluhluwe and Mkuze Game Reserves. Booked out exclusively to a group of up to 8; guests are able to arrange their own itineraries and rely on staff members to assist with mealtimes and game viewing.

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Zululand Rhino Reserve Game Viewing and Activities

Zululand Rhino Reserve offers 22 000 ha of pristine African bushveld. The Reserve offers scenic landscapes of mountains, open plains and dense riverine woodlands. The diversity of the area promises spectacular game viewing and the area is known for its magnificent elephant sightings.

Being one of the most densely stocked reserves in Northern KwaZulu-Natal, a game drive with one of the knowledgeable field guides is guaranteed to be a memorable adventure. Most lodges offer two game drives a day as well as guided bush walks, elephant and rhino tracking and bird-watching.

Seasons and Climate

Zululand Rhino Reserve offers a sub-tropical climate with a definite rainy season as well as a dry season. The rainy season is from September to April and is hot and humid with most of the rain falling during the months of September to April. Annual rainfall is 29-39 inches (750-1,000mm).

The dry season is from May to August and the temperatures are very pleasant with warm days and cool

Top Destinations

Leopard Mountain Game Lodge is an award winning game lodge located high up in the wild secluded hills of the 23 000ha Big Five Zululand Rhino Reserve, with spectacular views overlooking a vast stretch of unspoiled bushland and riverine forests.

Rhino River Lodge invites fuests to see the Big Five and many other African animals, birds, and wildlife, whilst enjoying hearty South African cuisine emphasising local ingredients and specialities, served under the stars around a campfire.

How to Get there

Sun Safaris can arrange scheduled flights for visitors to Durban and Richard's Bay airports from most major airports in South African. Guests can also self-drive from Durban or Richard's Bay to Zululand Rhino Reserve; Sun Safaris can arrange a road transfer for guests once they arrive to a lodge of their choice or arrange a rental car. Maps and directions will be provided when booking with us.

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