Mbuluzi Game Reserve is a private game reserve lying in the foothills of the Lubombo Mountain range. A shareblock development, this reserve offers visitor accommodation in four luxury family lodges, situated on the banks of the Mlawula River.
The reserve has a wide variety of indigenous trees and plenty of wildlife, from antelope such as kudu, nyala and duiker to the water-loving hippo and crocodile. Other species on the reserve include wildebeest, waterbuck, zebra, duiker, bush pig warthogs, giraffe and jackal. This is also the ideal place for the keen birder with over 300 species having been recorded, including some rare and uncommon species, such as the Whitebacked Night Heron, African Finfoot, Narina Trogon, Yellow Wagtail and the Greyhooded Kingfisher.
There are five walking trails in the reserve. Two are interpretative and the rest are self guided. The reserve is accessible by car, but because of the nature of the terrain inside the reserve, vehicles with a high clearance are recommended and open backed 4×4 vehicles are available for hire by guests. The network of sand roads is also ideal for mountain biking and jogging.
Singwe Lodge has four double rooms with en-suite bathrooms and showers. Two of the rooms have a beautiful outdoor shower just off the bathroom and they also have their own wooden deck, leading off the bedroom, that overlooks the Mlawula River. A perfect place to sit with an early morning cup of tea and look for the uncommon African Finfoot or watch as a Giant Kingfisher dives for his breakfast. A swimming pool overlooks the river.
Mphangele Lodge has two double rooms with en-suite bathrooms, and a single room. This is a smaller lodge with a more intimate atmosphere. A large veranda leads off the living area and a path takes one down to a lovely wooden deck that overlooks the Mlawula River. A peaceful place to while away an afternoon, listening to the birds, and, if you are lucky, catch a glimpse of the timid bushbuck picking its way delicately along the river bank.
Nkankanka Lodge has four double rooms, with en-suite bathrooms and showers. Each has it’s own view into the bush or towards the river and sliding doors that allow you to enjoy the peace and beauty of the bush from the privacy of your room. Here is a well-laid out network of trails and guests can walk from their lodge, or drive and start a trail from some other point of interest. The trails inter-link and can be walked individually or connected to make a longer hike.
Mbuluzi Tented Lodge has three luxury tented rooms, en-suite with king sized beds and a large bath, each tent also has its own outside shower. A large thatched kitchen/lounge area and a veranda overlooking the Mlawula River make this a very comfortable and unique lodge with a natural bushveld feel. There is a swimming pool and braai (barbecue) area too.
Tambuti Tented Lodge is perfect for a large or intimate gathering and can accommodate up to 8 adults (additional mattresses are available for children). Each tented room has a king size bed (singles are available), a large bathtub with views of the bush, an en-suite toilet and a lovely outdoor shower which is a perfect way to start any morning. The main lodge is nestled in a young Tambuti Forest and its large wooden deck is fantastic for bird-watching, croc-spotting or game-viewing on the opposite rocky bank. The lodge is air-conditioned and well-stocked for self-catering – there is an outdoor bar and the pool overlooks the river. Tambuti Tented Lodge is a lovely spot for relaxing in the bush.