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Somkhanda Game Reserve

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Zulu-Land Beauty

The Lodge is great and has a lovely view of a dam which can produce some exciting wildlife... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Umhlanga Rocks, South Africa
Impactful, fun hands-on, conservation volunteering

If you are wondering about having a real, impactful, meaningful way to spend your vacation helping... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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“kudu lodge”(3 reviews)
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Somkhanda Game Reserve community owned reserve after a succession of successful land claims by the Gumbi Tribe. It is over 12000ha of pristine landscape well stocked with plenty of animals including elephant, rhino, leopard, buffalo, wild dog...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
R69 Candover Road, Mkuze, South Africa
+27 74 129 7185
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Lodge is great and has a lovely view of a dam which can produce some exciting wildlife sightings. The walks in this reserve are great but can get a bit thick in sections. The views from various highpoints is what really takes ones breathe...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank CandyMckibbin
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are wondering about having a real, impactful, meaningful way to spend your vacation helping with conservation - this is a (if not the) great opportunity. The teams are small, you get to interact a lot with your monitor and colleagues on the back...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank sisiferl
Reviewed 22 August 2018

I recently had the pleasure of staying at Somkhanda game reserve for a two week educational field trip. There are not enough words to describe the beauty of this place, the animals, the scenery, the people, the food......, all incredible. We were so lucky to...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank riehol13
Reviewed 2 May 2018

The game reserve has lions which are usually rare to see in resorts. However, it requires some attention as it seemed neglected.

Date of experience: March 2018
4  Thank Ntomikayise Glo... M
Reviewed 28 February 2018 via mobile

Enjoyed every second of being here, can't wait to return! The staff are very knowledgable and can help if you would like to have a career in animal care. They can help in showing you how to volunteer and get you involved in programmes running....More

Date of experience: February 2018
2  Thank Claire P
Reviewed 14 October 2017

Situated in north east KwaZulu Natal is Somkhanda Game Reserve. The Gumbi Community owned reserve contains twelve thousand hectares of pristine bush. Being a relatively new conservation area the bush can be thick in places making ideal habitat for the game species it protects. There...More

Date of experience: August 2017
2  Thank SafariKZN-Mark
Reviewed 3 October 2017

Had an awesome time hiking in the game reserve with the game rangers and staying in the tented camp called Scotia. Quite a beautiful relaxing spot in the bush. Warm showers and average toilets with an awesome view were perfect for the weekend. Saw plenty...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Sharon S
Reviewed 16 March 2017

Somkhanda, or Milimani, used to be home. It was wonderful to revisit the lodge and the reserve and made to feel so welcome. Thank you Bonnie and Abe for all the effort you put into serving us lunch in the bush, over-looking the famous air-strip....More

Date of experience: March 2017
1  Thank LoisKuhle
Reviewed 18 January 2017

I have once more returned from South Africa and as most times a visit to Somkhanda. It is allways a pleasure to stay there for some days. The staff, all of them, are friendly, the food very good, it is clean and quiet. Hopefully I...More

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank 80kga
Reviewed 26 November 2016

Zulu lodge is in a beautiful setting and is very comfortable. Abe is an excellent game guide and took us on an interesting game drive.Most informative.Friendly staff willing to please.

Date of experience: November 2016
1  Thank waring2016
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