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Mkuze Game Reserve
Mkuze Game Reserve Review
This 88,900-acre reserve in the shadow of the Ubombo Mountains, between the Mkhuze and Msunduzi rivers, makes up the northwestern spur of the iSimangaliso Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park, now a World Heritage site. (The park itself is one of the most important coastal and wetland areas in the world with five interlinked ecosystems: a marine system, a coastal dune system, lake systems, swamps, and inland savanna woodlands. It is this often-pristine diversity that makes it both important and amazingly beautiful.) Mkuze is famous for its birds: more than 400 bird species have been spotted here, including myriad waterfowl drawn to the park's shallow pans in summer. Several blinds, particularly those overlooking Nsumo Pan, offer superb views. Don't miss out on the amazing 3-km (2-mi) walk through a spectacular rare forest of towering, ancient fig trees, some as big as 82 feet tall and 39 feet around the base. Although only a fraction of Kruger's size, this is the place to find rhinos; there's a healthy population of both black and white rhinos. You won't find lions, buffalo, or elephants, but the low-lying thornveld supports lots of other game, including zebras, giraffes, kudus, and nyalas. The reserve is 48 km (30 mi) north of Hluhluwe-Imfolozi. There are variant spellings of Mkuze in the area; you may also see Mkuzi or Mkhuzi.
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