Welcome to Mantuma

Mantuma is the resort serving the Mkhuze Game Reserve section of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site. It is a four-hour drive from Durban on the N2.

The 40 000 ha Mkhuze Game Reserve on the plains of the Elephant Coast is well known for its atmosphere of peace and tranquillity, drawing many return visitors.

A “Big 5” game reserve, Mkhuze is a typical bushveld protected area, having great beauty and contrast in that it has extensive wetlands on its south eastern section. It is a world-renowned bird watching spot, with more than 420 recorded species on its bird list.

The extensive wetlands host hippo and crocodile, while the rest of Mkhuze is home to wild dog, buffalo, cheetah, both black and white rhino, elephant, and a multitude of plains game. These include impala, nyala, blue wildebeest, zebra and kudu. Amongst the less common, small antelope to be found are grey duiker, red duiker and the diminutive suni.

Only Nsumo Pan is accessible to all visitors. Nhlonhlela Pan is for the bush lodge visitors only lie to the north and east respectively and these are home to hippo, crocodile, pink-backed and white pelicans as well as an astonishing variety of other water birds according to season.

Mantuma is spread beneath a canopy of shady trees and the resort’s relaxed atmosphere and comfortable facilities are the perfect backdrop to an enjoyable stay.

Mantuma Accommodation

  • 2 bed chalet (self-catering)

    Fully equipped with an open plan lounge and kitchen, separate bedroom and bathroom.

  • 2 bed safari tent (self-catering)

    Each unit has an en-suite bedroom, with a separate kitchen and dining area connected via a boardwalk.

  • 2 bed rest (self-catering)

    Open plan bedroom with communal ablution and communal kitchen.

  • 4 bed chalet (self-catering)

    Fully equipped with an open plan living area, separate kitchen, two bedrooms and a bathroom.

  • 4 bed safari tent (self-catering)

    Two en-suite bedrooms, with a separate kitchen and dining area, connected via a boardwalk.

  • 6 bed cottage (self-catering)

    Fully equipped with an open plan living area, separate kitchen, three bedrooms and a bathroom.

  • 8 bed bush lodge (Nhlonhlela)

    This eight-bed lodge overlooks the fever tree-lined Nhlonhlela Pan. All units are en-suite and connected by board walks branching out from the communal lounge and kitchen area. A cook/caretaker is in attendance.

  • Emshopi Campsites

    Has 35 campsites with hot and cold water ablutions. All campsites have plug points and electricity is supplied by generator between 05:00 - 08:00 and 17:00 - 22:00 daily.


  • Kitchenette
  • Ironing board
  • Catering services
  • DSTV (limited)
  • Hotspots
  • Exhibition/convention floor
  • Restaurant
  • Room service - full menu
  • Courtyard
  • Lounges/bars
  • firewood
  • Airport Shuttle Service
  • Complimentary breakfast
  • Valet cleaning
  • Car hire


Free! WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.


Private parking is possible at a location nearby (reservation is not needed) and costs USD 28.80 per day.

Activities in Mkhuze

Game Drives

  • Evening game drives are conducted in open viewing vehicles and are a popular tourist attraction in the reserve, giving visitors the opportunity to see some of the reserve’s nocturnal animals and birds.

  • Each drive is approximately 2-2½ hours in duration.

  • Evening drive
  • Summer: 19:00 – 21:00 (1 November - 28 February)
    Winter: 18:00 – 20:00 (1 March - 31 October)

    Self-guided Drives

  • Road network of 100 km traverses a variety of bushveld habitats which offer excellent game-viewing.

  • Fig Forest Guided Walk

  • This guided walk is ideal for birding enthusiasts and should not be missed.

  • The walk is conducted by a field guide and is limited to 8 people only.

  • No children under the age of 14.

  • Game walks

  • Game walks are offered daily and are conducted by a guide.

  • Each walk is limited to a maximum of 8 people and are approximately 3 hours.

  • Please take precautions against ticks by applying repellents which are on sale at the Curio Shop.

  • You are advised to wear comfortable walking shoes. Please do not wear brightly coloured clothing.

  • No children under the age of 14 are permitted.

  • Morning walk
  • Summer: Starts 06:00 (1 November - 28 February)
    Winter: Starts 06:30 (1 March - 31 October)

  • Afternoon walk
  • Summer: Starts 15:00 (1 November - 28 February)
    Winter: Starts 14:00 (1 March - 31 October)

    Swimming Pool

  • The swimming pool is situated in the center of the main camp between the chalets and safari tents.

  • It is available for the use of residents only.

  • There are no towels provided at the swimming pool and guests are therefore requested to bring their own.

  • Ablution facilities are available.

  • No diving or jumping is allowed at this pool and children are not allowed to swim unsupervised.

  • Picnic Sites

  • Two picnic sites - Nsumo and Mantuma with barbeque and ablution facilities are available for day and overnight guests

  • Nsumo Pan offers wonderful opportunities where hippo, crocodile and a wealth of birdlife can be observed from the shade of the giant fever trees.

  • Hides

  • Three game viewing hides are situated in the Reserve, kuMasinga, kuMalibala and KuMahlala. Mkhuze

  • Game viewing is best in the dry season from June to October, between 7:00 and 10:00.

  • Be patient as it is well worth your while to spend several hours at a hide.

  • This will enable you to see a good variety of animals and birds, and observe their habits.

  • Water is provided to Kumasinga Hide.

  • The Rhino Dine-O Take Away

  • The Rhino Dine-O is situated at chalets at Mantuma, a selection of light meals and drinks are available.
  • Breakfast 07:00 – 09:30
    Lunch 11:30 – 14:00
    Dinner 17:00 – 19:00

    Mantuma Useful Information

  • No pets are permitted in the reserve.

  • No firewood may be collected in the reserve.

  • The water is chlorinated and filtered for human consumption at Mantuma. Mineral/spring water is on sale at the curio shop and Rhino-Dine-O take-away.

  • Basic food stuffs and a variety of curio items are on sale at the curio shop.

  • It is advisable to bring binoculars, a first aid kit, a torch, insect repellent, a hat and sun-block.

  • Unleaded petrol and diesel are on sale at the Resort.

  • Visitors are urged to take precautions against malaria before, during and after a visit to the reserve. Mosquito nets are provided in each accommodation unit.

  • Gate entry times:

  • Summer 05:00 - 19:00 (1 November - 28 February)
    Winter 06:00 - 18:00 (1 March - 31 October)

    These times are strictly enforced.
  • The accommodation complexes are either not fenced or do not have a totally game proof fence surrounding them. Please do not walk beyond the vicinity of your own chalet or campsite after sunset unless it is essential to do so.

  • uMkhuze Mantuma Contacts

    uMkhuze Mantuma: +27 (0) 71 320 0566
    Central Reservations: +27 (0) 33 845 1000
    Book online: https://bookings.kznwildlife.com/MakeABooking.aspx
    E-mail: bookings@kznwildlife.com

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