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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.