Hi Mkuze

Wow, wow, wow!! It is everything I was looking for. I am amazed actually at how I was pressured on the last minute and honestly had thought I would probably not get from it what was intended for the weekend. I got more.

Initially I questioned whether the 5 and a half hour drive was worth it; when we got there, I was very taken in by the friendly staff waiting on us to arrive, taking our bags, parking our car, walking us through the lodge which is not very big - pleasingly intimate, actually. After being there for a bit, I wondered however what we were going to do to keep ourselves busy for the weekend… I then realized the magic of Mkuze. Mkuze has created an ambiance where you stop. Your mind stops rushing and you stop processing and you just be.

Like clockwork, afternoon drives are at 4, you arrive back at your lodge at around 7:15 for dinner, where tables are set up intimately for the small group the lodge caters to. Morning drives are at 4.30 (eeeeek) but once we were on the game drive I had already forgotten what time of the morning it was. When we return, it's followed by breakfast, whereafter you go have a morning nap.. and I think that is their trick – we felt like we had two Saturdays there, because the game drive was so fulfilling when we woke up from our morning nap on Saturday it felt as if we were starting a new day again. We spent the afternoon in the lounge area of the lodge where friendly, amazing waitrons and bartenders see to our drinks and just get lost in the unbelievable view and sounds of everything that surrounds us.

After dinners, we would return to our chalet where petals had been laid out on the bed and candles were lit, hot bubble baths where run and a bottle of champagne waited on ice... the staff are flawless! The game rangers are such unbelievable people – they are friendly and knowledgeable and you can see the passion in what they do. You can see they utterly love taking out people to show them everything! From tracking, to the animals, to the birds and fauna, all game drives were accompanied with us stopping half way through the drive for drinks and sandwiches and biltong and snack bars and chips, a great piece of time spent getting to know the other guests accompanying us. There where Canadians, a Dutch couple and a German couple.

It isn’t just a little piece of paradise … it’s almost a time warp.. you lose track of time and day. The game reserve is MASSIVE. It just didn’t end! All the game drives we were on was on new tracks – new fauna – mountains that go on and on. The interaction we had with the animals… no words. I have never experienced anything like I did this weekend. My partner, who is renowned for being rather aware of the better things in life was utterly stunned.

The food was the quality you would expect to get from the likes of the Pivot at Monte or the Sandton towers - starters, soup, mains, dessert, cheese platter and then tea or coffee, the food was orgasmic and the portions perfect taking into consideration the 5 course meal. What I loved most about Mkuze – actually I loved everything most, but you get the feeling that you are home... like you’ve reached your destination... and you are filled with so much emotion of awe and respect and perspective and the staff from the waitrons to cleaning ladies to game rangers to the chef just ooze the love they have for Mkuze. How passionate they are toward the lodge.

Ten minutes into our first game drive, we were watching lions mate from less than a metre away, followed by watching cubs play with their mom. We were on all three game drives in the centre of a herd of elephants and babies, we were mock charged by a mommy elephant which sent an adrenalin rush through me of note! That is about as real as it gets! As close as it becomes. At the same time, a lion was standing right behind us, of which I was more safe with than the ellie flapping her ears at us in front of us.

We then watched ellies chase off a lion who roared to keep his stand. We tracked cheetah for over an hour all the way up a mountain that our game ranger spotted to begin with from a mountain back!!! It is unbelievable how those men know those lands like the back of their hand!! The cheetah was just a once ever opportunity, complete awe.

We tracked Rhino over three mountains, and eventually found them - all 19 of them!!!!!!! And spent a good half hour just steps away from them… I can go on and on and I am probably forgetting a million things from this but undoubtedly one of the most amazing experiences of my life – that I didn’t even consider when booking.

The weather wasn’t HOT and we had our cooler temps – Saturday we did dinner indoors but Mkuze isn’t weather dependent! A person could go to Mkuze in the heart of winter and probably love it perhaps even more, the fire place in the lounge area is very enticing.

Loved the chalet – loved the outdoor shower!! If I had anything to put forward moving past me being utterly in love and still feeling like I’m on honeymoon. Not only will we reference Mkuze to every one of our friends we will most certainly be returning!!

Even after trying to give you some kind of insight I feel like I have given Mkuze some kind of injustice by just not being able to wrap up what a weekend away with them actually is!

Have some spectacular pics I will send you one or two. - J

Hi Mkuze,

Thank you so much for your email. We had such a wonderful time at Mkuze Falls. The weather was not that great the first two days but we had a wonderful time nevertheless. We loved all the GAME DRIVES, even the one where we got drenched from the rain. No one’s fault at all, just the bush. The lodge was just great!! Staff exceptional! Food just amazing and everyone just really friendly and accommodating. Mkuze falls is a local gem, I tell you! It was a real treat going there.

After chatting to friends and family about the place, we would really like to go back again. If they considered the rates for local South Africans, I am telling you they would be fully booked all the time. We have a group of 8 adults that would love to go there but not at their normal rates. Thank you once again for all your help. - Kind Regards, Tracy

Dear Mkuze Falls staff,

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the wonderful time we had at your beautiful reserve. We had been at Mkuze Falls approximately ten years ago, and the experience was wonderful. I am glad to say the time we spent at Mkuze Falls last weekend was even better - if at all possible. It was the attention to detail that made our stay exquisite. We felt totally pampered.

When we arrived we were met by a knowledgeable person who gave us all the necessary details regarding our stay, what to expect and when meals were to be served. Our bags were taken to our room and our car was taken to a safe parking. Meals were served on time and the food was delicious. The selection and freshness of food and drinks were a surprise as the reserve is located far from a big town.

The staff was very well trained and they were always polite and went the extra mile to fulfill any special requests. The warm water bottles and blankets on the early game drives were much appreciated. The warm hand towels and sherry and bubble bath that was awaiting us after our evening game drives were a pleasant surprise. The game rangers succeeded in finding the animals we wanted to see most - for example, porcupine, bush buck, night owl and most of the big 5.

Our room was beautiful with a stunning view. We were also surprised with a small welcome gift on our bed when we arrived. Our time at Mkuze Falls went past too quickly, but it made us adamant not to wait so long before we visit Mkuze Falls again. - Kind Regards, Dr. Cathrin Venter

Hi Mkuze,

The stay at Mkuze Falls was absolutely relaxing, just what we needed.

I need to congratulate management on the staff hospitality and service delivery. Food was great, game drives enjoyable. Both my husband and I really enjoyed the weekend and definitely are considering to do it some time again.

Thank you. - Ilse Crous /(Garner)

Hi Mkuze,

Firstly, I just want to say a huge Thank You to you for last Friday. I know it couldn't have been easy trying to get things organized in the last minute. So thanks once again.

Mkuze Falls was absolutely overwhelming! We loved every minute of our stay, including the storm! Our reception on arrival was amazing. The staff were very attentive and accommodating. We did our 2 game drives on Saturday and were very lucky to see most of the Big 5. My daughter was thrilled to see the lions close up. She was very sad that there was not much of a waterfall and that the animals did not have much water. She promised to never complain again when it rains :-)

Our dining was delicious! With my husband being vegetarian, it’s not often that he's happy with his meals but he loved the meals prepared for him. Despite his initial complaining about the distance, he was really impressed with the lodge and said it was definitely worth the drive. So I'm sure we will visit again. I promise to let you know at least a week in advance :-)

Thank you once again! - Regards, Karishma Singh

Hi Mkuze,

Thank you for the wonderful experience. They went out of their way to satisfy us, especially Norman who did not give up until we saw 99% of the game that we went there to see. Everything was exceptional.

They accommodated so well for my wife and I being vegetarian. - Kind regards, Avi,Yasheka, Shivalya and Shiren Govender.

Hi Mkuze,

 I trust this email finds you well.

Even if it’s been a couple of weeks already, Sandra and myself would like to thank you soooo much for having us at Mkuze Falls. We felt very welcomed and enjoyed our time very much, even if it was only for a couple of hours. The service was excellent, the staff was very attentive and the food was delicious.

Thanks as well for taking us on a game drive with you and spoiling us with the suite.

We do hope, that we can send you some business in the future.

Have a lovely weekend. - Kind regards, Simone.

Hi Mkuze,

We had a wonderful time at Mkuze Falls. Food was excellent. Accommodation was excellent. The staff were so helpful and friendly and went out of their way to make our stay a very happy experience. They really spoilt us. Hot bath in our room all ready for us when we got back from the evening game drive! I cannot think of any negatives - 10 out of 10!!  - Many thanks, Lesley

Hi Mkuze,

Ons is terug,en wil net laat weet wat n ongelooflike ondervinding ons gehad het. Van die oomblik dat ons daar aangekom het tot die laaste wildrit, was ons op die hande gedra.

Die kos was fantasties - die diens uitstekend, en nie te praat van die natuur en wild nie! Dit was n onvergeetlike ervaring!

Jy kan gerus Mkuze Falls aanbeveel. Baie dankie vir al jou reelings! - Groete, Susan

Dear all staff at Mkuze Falls,

I just want to thank you for all your hospitality and wonderful service. Everything was wonderful and special thanks for making my birthday a very special one. Jabulani as well for the private drive - he is a star!

Thank you again for putting up with my most difficult Israeli boyfriend... apologies for any nonsense he made. Vuyo - you are a very patient lady who gives great customer service  -thank you again. - God bless, Jennifer Guy

Earlier Comments
Derek & Beth Williams
Twickenham London UK 
What an awesome African experience! Each day was better than the previous. Thanks to all !!
Greg Coleman & Paula Tavrow
California USA

Great Place, great time, great people. Would recommend this place. Thanks to all!
Terra Sherk
Scottsdale, AZ

1ST time in Africa –
1st Safari – a fantastic experience!
Oscar & Mary-Ann
The Netherlands

Thanks to all who made
our stay so fabulous!!! 
It is a fantastic place!
Trevor &  Liza
Durban RSA

Thank you for a magical stay!!!
We loved all the extra touches
like flowers in the room – very romantic! Food was really
yummy – thanks again.
Leigh & Jules
Durban RSA

We had a wonderful time.
Lovely, friendly, helpful
staff & incredible
high standard.
Paul & Sandy
Durban RSA

Little piece of paradise with great friendly service. Great food. We will be back!
Thank you so much
Haans Bergen
The Netherlands

It was a great stay! We hope to come back again.
Thank you for the
hospitality & service!
Daryl & Angie
NSW Australia

What a wonderful place and staff. We had the best time,
we will miss you all.
Look forward to coming back.


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