uMkhuze Game Reserve, situated in Kwa-Zulu Natal, is in Eastern South Africa. Actually, it’s incorporated into the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a World Heritage Site. uMkhuze has a range of accommodation for those people who wish to enjoy some wild Africa recreation time. Besides the different sized bungalows, cottages, and a campsite, they offer self-cater tented camps.
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Mantuma camp in uMkhuze Game Reserve
uMkhuze main camp is at Mantuma, situated about a half-hour drive from the main gates. The tented camp is not at the main gate where the general camp is but is near the main reception area and swimming pool. They consist of 10 two-bed safari tents and two four-bed tents in the camp. The camp doesn’t have a fence.
You can walk the distance from the tents to the main office and reception, but animals do wander into camp, so exercise caution. The shop has basic stocks, but it’s best to take in your own food. Supplies can run short and often limited to drinks, basic toiletries, and beverages. However, they do stock plenty of memorabilia and useful safari-style clothing. The fuel station is at the back of the administrative offices.
The furnished tents show signs of wear and tear
The tents come furnished with all necessary bedding, linen, crockery and other utilities. There is a fan for summer and a mosquito net above the single beds. The two-person tent has two beds, two side tables, and a cupboard with hanging space. The same goes for the four-person tents where the room areas are far enough apart to not disturb others. Each room has an en-suite shower and toilet facility. A table and chairs are provided, along with a barbeque area.
Some of the safari tents have an outside kitchen area a few meters away from the tent, while others are built on the deck. Each tent has a stove, hot water, kettle, and fridge-freezer. However, the tents and equipment are showing signs of wear and tear. The actual accommodation at the iSimagaliso Wetland Park is managed by Ezemvelo Parks, the local administrators. They are cash-strapped and this means that accommodation is not as good as the wilderness conservation effort. However, bookings can be made online through their main website.
Tented camp at uMkhuze for you?
If you don’t mind the fact that the tent zips may be broken or the fact that your fridge may not be cold enough, then this is the type of camp for you. The staff are helpful and will try to attend to your issues but they may not always get it right. The tents get serviced daily and are clean, but you may experience problems with the shower or the stovetops.
As for the animals, it is a Big 5 reserve, and the chances are good that you will see elephants and lion. Nsumo Pan’s a birding paradise too and you can find several well-appointed game-viewing hides in the park. Renovations took place recently. The tents are wonderful as antelope, small cats, and bush babies visit the camp, especially in the early evenings. Last year, iSimangaliso completed new roads, so you don’t need an off-road vehicle to get there.
If you enjoy some pampering, it’s not the right accommodation for you. However, they do have some nice upmarket camps as well, so check back here for reviews on their other lodges and camps. You can also read my Reality TV show news here and connect on LinkedIn.