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The Falls Lodge - Rates from ZAR 2,000

The 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.

Mkuze Falls Lodge

The Falls Lodge has a central complex built on raised wooden platforms with spacious verandas. The facilities include a pleasant dining area, a comfortable lounge, an indoor pub, a shady terrace and a  swimming pool. The large lounge leads onto a spacious viewing deck which is built over the sloping riverbank. This veranda provides panoramic views of the winding Mkuze River and the wild, untamed landscape beyond. In the heat of the day, you can relax under the shady palm trees and take a refreshing swim in the sparkling pool. In the evenings, enjoy some lively entertainment provided by the energetic, traditional Zulu dancers.

The Mkuze Falls Lodge is located along the northern bank of the Mkuze River. Overlooking the Mkuze Waterfall, the lodge features eight luxuriously appointed Thatched Chalets and one Safari Suite, accommodating eighteen guests in utmost comfort and style. Further features include telephones, secure safe, overhead fan, air conditioning, mosquito nets and mini-bar. Guest amenities and robes are provided. Private plunge-pools and an outside shower provide a wild but intimate touch alongside the luxury of the air-conditioned bedroom. The waterfall, unique ecosystems and virgin wilderness compliment the personal service and comfort enjoyed in this remote but easily accessible hideaway. Sprawling wooden walkways link the accommodation to a superbly decorated lounge with views across the falls, a bar, dining area, large viewing deck, swimming pool and Spa. Spacious public areas offer various dining options from the outdoor decks, cosy restaurant and the traditional African Boma. Should your guests wish to dine in privacy, with a little notice, we are more than happy to organise, it can be more or less anywhere the guests wishes, eg. On their private verandah or in the middle of the bush. High tea is an occasion with delectable pastries and cakes served in the welcoming lounge. A well stocked curio shop offering African artefacts, basket ware, jewellery, paintings, pottery and clothing is open daily. The Spa at Mkuze Falls Lodge is run by a fully qualified massage therapists and beautician and offers the various massage treatments, manicures and pedicures.

Children
Children over the age of 12 are welcomed at Mkuze Falls Lodge and children of all ages are welcomed at the Mkuze Falls Tented Lodge.

Kitchen
Highly experienced kitchen and waiting staff have been trained to indulge and delight the most discerning guests. The menu varies daily and features a host of South African dishes including local venison specialities. Vegetarian meals are prepared on request. In fine weather, dinner or a South African 'braai' (barbeque) is served in the Boma. There is also a fully equipped health and beauty centre. You are invited to stay with us and enjoy our beautiful chalets or for the romantically inclined there is the spectacular Safari Suite. You can base your safari at our Luxury Tented Lodge which provides the true spirit of Africa.

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.

Weddings & Functions
Mkuze Falls Private Game Reserve is in a wonderful location and provides a spectacular venue for private functions, whether it be a wedding, special anniversary or birthday. The venue adds an African flavour, giving your function exceptional uniqueness. Your guests will be catered for at the Falls Lodge or Tented Lodge in comfort and style taking memories with them that would be unforgettable. Your wedding or function can be photographed in some of the most beautiful settings by a professional photographer who will capture the essence of the moment for you to treasure. A Five Star wedding!
Please contact us with any query, we'll help you to make your day into something special and memorable.

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Information
Price Range and Payments PRICE RANGE: ZAR 2,200 - 4,500 ( PPPN )

HIGH SEASON:
(1 January - 30 April 2010, 1 June – 14 July, and 1 August – 31 December 2010)
Chalets R 3610. - Per person sharing per night
Safari Suite R 4160. - Per person sharing per night

LOW SEASON:
(1 May – 31 May and 15 July - 31 July 2010)
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.

IMPORTANT
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Services Included in the Price INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
Three superb meals daily, High Tea, Game Drive beverages & snacks,
Room Service Meals, Morning and Evening Game Drives.

EXCLUDE
Telephone calls, E-mail facilities, Curio Shop purchases, Mini bar, Main bar,
Laundry services transport to and from the Lodges
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. E-mails can be Accessed. Game Drive can be booked. Helicopter service can be booked. Infants Restrictions. 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 Car Rental can be booked. Dentist for emergency treatment is available. Hospital or Clinic is available. Optician is available for emergency problem. Petrol or Diesel is available on request. Pharmacy is available.
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Terms & Conditions
TERMS & CONDITIONS

Between The Falls 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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