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Somkhanda Game Reserve

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A place dreams are made of!

I recently had the pleasure of staying at Somkhanda game reserve for a two week educational field... read more

Reviewed 22 August 2018
Wakefield, United Kingdom
Beautiful place!

Enjoyed every second of being here, can't wait to return! The staff are very knowledgable and can... read more

Reviewed 1 March 2018
Claire P
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“kudu lodge”(3 reviews)
“self catering”(3 reviews)
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 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

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.

4  Thank Ntomikayise Glo... M
Reviewed 1 March 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

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

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

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

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

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.

1  Thank waring2016
Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

A friend and I stayed here for two nights/3 days in September, as part of a larger group of friends. A truly peaceful place. Due to the extreme heat, our sightings weren't as prolific as they would have been if the weather had been less...More

Thank Katherine B
Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

Had to write this as I've just seen a very negative review and completely disagree. The people who complained had been looking at 5 star game lodges, need to look at your tour bookers & not at the reserve. Bishops school from CT just hosted...More

7  Thank KraussS
Somkhanda, Owner at Somkhanda Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2016

Thank you very much for highlighting so beautifully what Somkhanda and African Insight stand for. Somkhanda is a special place for a special kind of experience.

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