“Bayete” There is a place where special things happen.
Being one of the most densely stocked reserves in Northern KwaZulu-Natal, a drive with one of our knowledgeable field drivers is guaranteed to be an adventure. Come watch our hippos wallow, while their babies ride on their backs. Two game drives are offered. Tea, coffee and rusks are served on the morning game drive.
Our Lodge consists of 8 Colonial luxury rooms, all en suite, with spacious sunken baths, open showers and separate toilet. Each individually decorated room has top quality twin beds with a double fold-out ottoman. All our rooms are equipped with mosquito nets, air-conditioning, ceiling fans and a mini bar that is well stocked with a selection of beverages and light snacks. For your convenience, in-room safes are provided for the safekeeping of all cash, travel documents and other such articles.DINING:
Indoor and outdoor dining: If the night air is a bit chilled or you just want an intimate dinner experience, you can join us for dinner under the stars on the Deck, at the Rano Boma. We also have the gathering pit where we can organise a barbecue.
Lazy lizards in the sunshine - my favourite. Leave it all behind you. In this world there is no start or finish. Put your feet up and relax. Let us take care of you for one day or a hundred. Lie by our heated rim flow swimming pool sipping cocktails in the warm African sunshine with a view over the entire peninsula. You can see our Zulu village, a tiny dot in the east. While in the vista elephants and other animals pass, live and play. All this without moving from your sun lounger.
Tired of the sun? Move onto the deck under the Boma. Emulate our hippos while you wallow with a glass of champagne in our warm waters pumped freshly from underground lakes hundreds of metres below the earth.
Let us spoil you with an evening of culinary delight, paraffin lamps hanging in the trees above you, dulling the stars with a smoky haze while you eat listening to the sounds of jackals calling and bushbuck barking.
Day DrivesBeing one of the most densely stocked reserves in Northern KwaZulu-Natal, a drive with one of our knowledgeable field drivers is guaranteed to be an adventure. Come watch our hippos wallow, while their babies ride on their backs.. Tea, coffee and rusks are served on the morning game drive.
Night DrivesExperience the African night with its magnificent skies! Nocturnal species such as ant-bear (aardvark), leopard, genets, night jars and a host of smaller creatures may also be found in the region. The night also allows one the opportunity to use other senses and to relax to the sounds and aroma of Africa. Light snacks with beverages and alcohol are served on the evening drive.
Aloe Mountain TrailAt 06.00, join us at the Boma for an early bird Tea and Coffee before setting off on a short drive to the base of Leopard Rock, where you will be surrounded by natures finest birds and animals. Your Guide will take you on a short walk through some of the reserves oldest Aloes and you might even be privileged to meet Pricess Kwezi, our rehabilitated Rhino. Ending the hike on the rest of the second highest hill on Mkuze West Private Game Reserve you can take a moment to relax with a chilled Mineral Water and absorb the wonderful view while letting the suns rays warm your body. Return at approximately 08.00am for a well earned hearty breakfast, prepared especially for you.
River WalkAt 06.00, join us at the Boma for an early bird Tea and coffee before setting off for a short drive to the river bed where our game ranger will take you on an informative and fresh walk through the river bed, stopping along the way for refreshing drink of chilled mineral water. Return at approximately 08.00am for a well earned spot of breakfast, prepared especially for you.
U may meet Princess Kwezi on your game drive, raised by the famous Karen Trendler at her re-hab centre in Gauteng following her separation from her mother during the 2003 KwaZulu-Natal drought then successfully re-introduced to the reserve in 2005.
Rhino TrackingAt 15.00, join us at the Starlight Bar for a quick briefing by our knowledgeable guide then set off into the wilderness for an amazing adventure. You will be driven to a suitable location on our reserve deep in the hear of the Rhino Territory, where you will then head out on foot as your guide shows you how to track Rhinos the way the indigenous bushman did many, many moons ago. Before long you will find yourself in the presence of a Rhino, if your lucky enough maybe a few Rhinos, a sight that will have your adrenaline pumping and an experience, with memories that will last you a life time.
Forest Birds WalkAt 06.00, join us at the Boma for an early bird Tea and coffee before setting off for a short drive to a magical forest of fever trees, where you will surrounded by natures finest birds and animals. Your Guide will show you how to track animals by following their foot prints and how to identify birds, stopping along the way for refreshing drink of chilled mineral water. Return at approximately 08.00am for a well earned spot of breakfast, prepared especially for you.
There's always plenty for the kids to do in addition to being awestruck by the wild animals and incredible bush scenery. There are jungle gyms, seesaws, swings, a trampoline and tree house. Lounge area with TV and Sony Play-Stations.
Guided walks: Feel the sun come out on your face as your breath blows steam into the cool morning air whilst your guide walks you through the reserve.
Elephant and rhino interaction: Davidson, our Zimbabwean handler, introduces you to the majestic "Bayete" - our bull elephant. Marvel in God's creation as you are dwarfed by the majesty of Bayete’s incredible size. Meet Princess Kwezi, raised by the famous Karen Trendler at her re-hab centre in Gauteng following Kwezi’s separation from her mother during the 2003 KwaZulu-Natal drought.
We are a member of the 22 000 ha Zululand Rhino Reserve. Privately we own the 2 300 ha Mkuze West portion of this reserve. We consider the reserve to be one of the most densely stocked and ecologically balanced in northern KwaZulu-Natal. The reserve consists of a varied landscape of mountains, open plains and dense riverine woodlands. The diversity of its flora and high carrying capacity make this an animal Eden, ensuring guests that regardless of weather or circumstance they will always enjoy excellent game viewing with interesting drives and walks.
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