Mbuluzi Game Reserve
Close to the ground.

GPS: S 25 05.366 E 030 27.228 pop. 20,000 | elevation 1,403 m/4,603 ft

Mbuluzi Game Reserve (S 26 09.361 E 031 58.970, MR28, 383-8861, www.mbuluzigamereserve.co.sz, 6am-6pm, vehicle E25, day visitors E25) is a private reserve with a variety of game. Giraffe, kudu, nyala, zebra and many of the over 300 recorded bird species are commonly sighted within the reserve. The main entrance gate is located on the MR28, a few hundred meters off of the MR3/Manzini-Lomahasha Rd.

Sights & Activities

The best way to view the reserve is on foot, via several interlinked walking trails along the rivers and up into the mountains. Overnight guests can fish (limit two fish per guest per day) in either the Mbuluzi River or the Mlawula River, both with good stocks of yellowfish, barbell and bream.

The Ndlovu Camp

The Ndlovu Camp is a spacious and rustic campsite in the north section of the reserve. The main house has a bathroom, and wood fire heated showers. In addition to the grass camping area, there are three campsites enclosed by bamboo fences, and each has a picnic table, fire pit, braai area, and water tap. There is no electricity, but firewood is provided at the campsite and camping fees include a roll of toilet paper and a paraffin lamp. The campsite is located near the Mbuluzi River, where you can fish or check out the small rapids.

The southern section of the game reserve has three series of self-catering bushveld lodges, all with AC and full kitchens.

The Nkankanka Lodges

The Nkankanka Lodges are large stone and thatched roof lodges with an outdoor fire pit, braai area and a private viewing deck overlooking the river.

The Mphangele Lodges

The Mphangele Lodges are more modern brick and thatched roof lodges with a large kitchen and dining room that opens up into a covered outdoor sitting area and a fire pit, braai area. There is a private deck overlooking the river with stairs leading down to the river's edge.

The Singwe Lodges

The Singwe Lodges are three smaller two-bedroom stone cottages close together in a scenic location overlooking the river. There is a separate shared building with a kitchen, living room, dining facilities and fire pit/braai area. This is a great place for a single group renting out all three units or if the remaining lodges are vacant, but otherwise offers less privacy than the other lodges in the reserve.