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The Mkuze Falls Tented Lodge - Rates from ZAR 1,900

Mkuze Private Game Reserve
This 5 star, 10,000 ha, Big Five Game Reserve is situated in majestic Northern Zululand in the South African province of KwaZulu Natal close to the southern border of Swaziland. Dominated by the Shembe and Mahlangosi mountains, the reserve is host to a tremendous diversity of flora and fauna including: lion, leopard, elephant, white rhino, buffalo, cheetah, hippo, crocodile, and an impressive quantity and variety of plains game. Over 400 species of birds provides hours of interest for the keen birder.

Accommodation is offered in two Lodges, namely, the
Mkuze Falls Lodge and the Mkuze Tented Lodge.

Mkuzi Falls Tented Lodge

The Mkuze Falls Tented Lodge is for an adventurous experience in five "Hemingway" style East African Tents, each overlooking the Mkuze River. The tents are built on wooden decks raised on stilts with beautiful views of the lush countryside. The facilities include a lounge, bar, boma and swimming pool. Starlit evenings are enjoyed in the boma and the sounds of the Zulu drumbeat beckon the pure spirit of Africa. The evening air is broken by the call of the Night Jar, the sounds of Zebra in the distance, the unexpected roar of the Lion and the trumpet of the Elephant. The pure sounds of Africa at her best!

The elegance of the tented design is reminiscent of a bygone era, beckoned by the freestanding Victorian bath in the en suite bathroom.  Each tent is completely private and well spaced apart, tucked into the bush providing an eco-friendly retreat. Each tent is air-conditioned and has a private game viewing deck with spectacular views of the lowveld bushveld and shimmering waters of the river where numerous antelope and other wildlife frequent. The atmosphere experienced in this Safari Lodge is an awesome sense of Africa, its nature, and beauty.  It is where its history of the wild comes to life and captures the free-spirited peace. Enjoy starlit evenings in the boma, or on the bar deck or make use of the cosy dining room! The tented lodge provides a true African adventure with utmost comfort and style. Enjoy two game drives daily and walks on request in this Private Big Five Reserve.

Arrival and Departure
Arrival time from 12noon.
Rooms must be vacated by 11H00 for the convenience of arriving guests.

Activities

Game Drives
The unique ecosystems of riverine, wetland, lowveld, bushveld and montane grassland provide the diversity for the large quantity of bird over 400 species) and animal species. The reserve is home to the big five as well as an impressive variety of wildlife including, amongst others, cheetah, hippo, giraffe, zebra and large herds of antelope. We offer two game  drives per day which are planned to coincide with the best game viewing times of the day and range from 2 to 3 hours. All animals roam freely and strict conservation policies are in place. (We recommend that guests arrive at the reserve by 15h00 if they wish to participate in the afternoon game drive)

Walks
Walking is a wonderful way to appreciate the smaller animals and insects of the African bush. These walks can be arranged with the rangers at Mkuze Falls. Other leisure activities: Board games and books are made available to the guests. The facilities at the Health Spa are available by appointment.

Cooling down
Both Lodges have swimming pools.

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Information
Price Range and Payments PRICE RANGE: ZAR 1,900 - 3200 ( PPPN )

HIGH SEASON:
(1 January - 30 April 2010, 1 June – 14 July, and 1 August – 31 December 2010)
Luxury East African Style Safari Tent R 2850. - Per person sharing per night

LOW SEASON:
(1 May – 31 May and 15 July - 31 July 2010)
Luxury East African Style Safari Tent R 1980. - Per person sharing per night
Chalets R 2280. - Per person sharing per night
Safari Suite R 2480. - Per person sharing per night

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
A 50% single supplement is charged.

DEPOSIT
50 % deposit upon receipt of confirmation of booking. The balance to be settled 30 days prior to arrival at the lodge. The company reserves the right to sell accommodation held on a provisional basis that is not confirmed within this 30 day period.

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Services Included in the Price INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
Accommodation, meals, game drives, daily tea/coffee, game/bird/bush walks, snacks on the game drives.

EXCLUDED
Beverages consumed from the main bar or mini bar, gratuities, curios, faxes, telephone calls, e-mails, laundry services, transfers and other personal expenses incurred.
How to get to us. HOW TO FIND US

Mkuze Falls Private Game Reserve is located in the Pongola region of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, between Johannesburg (5hrs 30 mins drive) and Durban (4 hours 30 mins drive) from the N2 to the R 66, near Swaziland southern border.The nearest Airport with scheduled flights is Richards Bay. We have our own Helipad as well as a licensed airstrip.

The co-ordinates are
Airstrip 27° 40 237 South/31° 40 377 East.
Elevation 1190 ft. Length: 1200m.
Surface Grass.
Frequency 124.8
Helipad 27° 40 637 South 31° 39 907 East.

Air charter services are available. Information and rates available on request.
Road transfers are available. Information and rates available on request.

Directions to Mkuze Falls Lodge and Mkuze Falls Tented Lodge

FROM JOHANNESBURG 500 kms – 5 hours 30 minutes
Take the N12 or N17 towards Witbank -Take the off ramps leading to Kendal/Ogies.
From Bethal travel to Ermelo, to Piet Retief, to Pongola
From Pongola take the R66, see signs, “Vryheid/Nongoma” & “Mkuze Falls Game Reserve 32km)
Travel 33 km South towards Nongoma on the R66.Turn right on the D565, see sign “Mkuze Falls
Game Reserve”. Travel approximately 5 km on this dirt road.

FROM DURBAN 390kms – 4 hours 30 minutes
Take the North Coast Stanger road N2 North, travel past Hluhluwe, Mkuze to Pongola.
Game Reserve”.Travel approximately 5 km on this dirt road.

FROM SWAZILAND – 55 minutes from the Border
Go out the Golela Border.Travel 10 kms to the N2.Turn right towards Pongola/Piet Retief
From Pongola take the R66, see signs, “Vryheid/Nongoma” & “Mkuze Falls Game Reserve 32km)
Left.Travel 33 km South towards Nongoma on the R66. Turn right on the D565, see sign “Mkuze
Falls Game Reserve”.Travel approximately 5 km on this dirt road.

FROM THE DRAKENSBERG – 3hrs / DUNDEE - 2hrs / VRYHEID - 1½hours
Travel to Vryheid on the R33. From Vryheid take the R69 pass Louwsburg, Itala.
Travel down to the bottom of the mountain where you will meet up with the R66 at a T-junction.
Look out for our sign, “Mkuze Falls Game Reserve 10km”. Turn right and travel approcimately 10
kms towards Nongoma on the R66. Turn right on the D565, see sign “Mkuze Falls Game Reserve”
Travel approximately 5 km on this dirt road.
From Nelspruit – 415 Kms – (4½hours)
Take the R40 and travel to Barberton.Ttake the R38 to Badplaas.Ttake the R541 to Lochiel.Take
the N17 towards Waburton. Just before Warburton look out for the Signs, “R33/Amsterdam”
Turn left and travel to Amsterdam continue past Amserdam to Piet Retief. Take the N2 to
Pongola. From Pongola take the R66, see signs, “Vryheid/Nongoma” & “Mkuze Falls Game
Reserve 32km)Travel 33 km South towards Nongoma on the R66.Turn right on the D565, see
sign “Mkuze Falls Game Reserve”.Travel approximately 5 km on this dirt road.
NB: ALL TRAVELLING TIMES ABOVE ARE APPROXIMATE.
Recommendations MALARIA
Mkuze Falls is considered to be in a low risk malaria area. It is recommended that you visit your doctor/ pharmacist for advice on the use of prophylactics. It is also advised to make use of insect repellent and to wear long sleeved clothing and trousers, especially during the early morning and evening hours. Mosquito repellent is made available in all rooms.

WHAT TO TAKE
Walking shoes, Sunhats, sunglasses and sun block, Camera and binoculars, Light clothing and swimming costumes, Warm clothing for game drives
High / Low Seasons HIGH SEASON:
1 January - 30 April 2010,
1 June – 14 July, and
1 August – 31 December 2010

LOW SEASON:
1 May – 31 May and
15 July - 31 July 2010
Facilities Available Airport Shuttle Service on request. American Express Accepted Bar Service is available. Barbeque can be organized. Diners Card is Accepted. Families are welcome. Game Drive can be booked. Helicopter service can be booked. International Calls can be made. Laundry Service is available on request. Local or Private Airstrip is available. Master Card is accepted. Mosquito Net is available. Secure Parking is available. Small Aircrafts can be booked. Swimming pool is available. VISA Card is acceptable.
Public Services Nearby Airport Shuttle Service on request. Dentist for emergency treatment is available. Hair Dresser can be booked. Helicopter service can be booked. Hospital or Clinic is available. Optician is available for emergency problem. Petrol or Diesel is available on request. Pharmacy is available. Small Aircrafts can be booked.
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Terms & Conditions
TERMS & CONDITIONS

Between The Mkuze Falls Tented Lodge and the booking Client.

RESERVATION POLICY – MKUZE FALLS

CHILD POLICY
- Children of all ages are welcome at the Mkuze Falls Tented Lodge in the East-African Safari Tents.
- We regret that children under the age of twelve years are not permitted to stay at the Falls Lodge
- Children twelve years of age and older pay the adult rate.
- Due to safety reasons children younger than six years of age are not permitted on the game drives.
- Children younger than twelve years of age may share the tent with parents.
- Children's rate is R1250.00 per night include meals, accommodation, daily tea/coffee and laundry service.

THIRD ADULT
The Safari Suite at the Main Falls Lodge is the only room that can take a third adult.
The third adult will pay R1250.00 per night sharing with two other adults and subject to management’s discretions.

CANCELLATION POLICY
- 0 to 7 days prior to guest’s arrival 100% of the total accommodation value reserved.
- 8 to 30 days prior to guest’s arrival 50% of the total accommodation reserved.
- 31 days or longer, prior to guest’s arrival 25% of the total accommodation reserved.
- The lodge reserves the right to retain deposits received, variations at the sole discretion of management. In the event that a deposit is refunded, this amount will be less bank charges.

BOOKING POLICY
A reservation has only been made when a reservation number has been given.
A reservation is only confirmed when the confirmation of reservation form has been signed and faxed/e-mailed back to the reservation office.

PAYMENTS
25% deposit upon receipt of confirmation of booking. The balance to be settled 30 days prior to arrival at the lodge. The company reserves the right to sell accommodation held on a provisional basis that is not confirmed within this 30 day period.

REQUEST
Please contact the lodge with the guests estimated time of arrival, dietary requirements, special requests and if possible age to ensure that your guest is comfortable immediately.

Included in rates: Accommodation, meals, game drives, daily tea/coffee, game/bird/bush walks, snacks on the game drives.

Excluded in rates: beverages consumed from the main bar or mini bar, gratuities, curios, faxes, telephone calls, e-mails, laundry services, transfers and other personal expenses incurred.

CHECK IN AND OUT TIME
Check in time: 12h00
Check out time: 11h00

GAME DRIVE TIME
Summer: 16h00 afternoon departure ; 05h00 morning departure.
Winter: 15h00 afternoon departure ; 06h00 morning departure.
Spring/Autumn: 15h30 afternoon departure ; 05h30 morning departure.

- Game walks on request, subject to the ranger’s discretion.
- Bird walks on request, subject to the ranger’s discretion.
- Bush walks on request, subject to the ranger’s discretion.

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