SOUTH AFRICA - MKHUZE GAME RESERVE
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habitats of Mkhuze in South Africa
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(also spelt Mkuze), is a place of great beauty
and makes up the northwestern spur of the Greater
St Lucia Wetland Park - a recently declared
World Heritage Site.
It is a land of great contrasts with an interesting
range of habitats. There are low lying hollows
adjacent to ancient red sand dunes ridges and
broad stretches of gently rolling acacia savannah.
The slopes of the Lebombo mountains to the west,
contrast with low-lying swamps, riverine forests
including attractive stretches of fig trees,
and a variety of woodlands. In the heart of
the reserve is a rare sand forest, noted for
its spreading, dark-leafed sherbert trees and
red heart trees, which release pink-winged seeds
in the autumn.
shallow water pans, Inhlonhlela and Insumo lie
in the north and east, and are lined with water
lilies in summer attract hippos, crocodiles
and considerable bird life.
The reserve is open to the public for self drive
safaris, and the trail through one of Africa's
last remaining unspoiled fig tree forests is
very popular. There are three observation platforms
in the reserve overlooking pans and waterholes
where animals come to drink
A sacred burial site of chiefs of the Kwajobe
clan is located in this reserve and only clan
members may go there and commune with their
ancestors. For a glimpse into the traditional
northern Zulu lifestyle and the crafts of the
KwaJobe community, a cultural village has been
to be found in the reserve include giraffe,
elephant, black and white rhinoceros, leopard,
nyala, warthog, blue wildebeest, impala, kudu,
eland and smaller antelope. Other rarely seen
species occurring here are cheetah, hyena and
little suni dwarf-antelope..
More than 420 bird species are on record, including
many migrants and waterbirds including two species
Rainy Season: The temperate climate
is very pleasant but a hot and humid summer
commences in October with thunderstorms, which
come to an end around March. The summer rains
bring the park to life although the thick foliage
makes animals harder to view.
Dry Season: The dry winter
months from April to September are very pleasant
with warm days and cool nights. The best game
viewing is normally considered to be in winter
as the vegetation becomes sparse and water is
restricted to rivers and waterholes.
GAME RESERVE SPECIALITIES
· Exceptional birdlife
· Scenic beauty
· Good animal watching
· Zulu village
· Hippos and crocodiles
Mkhuze is a 99,000 acres (40,000 hectare) reserve
in northern Zululand
It was proclaimed as a protected area in 1912.
This is a malarial area.
This is a public reserve containing several
Off road driving is not permitted.
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