Welcome To Zululand Rhino Reserve
The reserve lies within the Msunduzi valley in northern Zululand in the province of Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. The area falls under the Mkuze Valley Lowveld vegetation type, varying from open Savanna thornveld, bushveld to riverine woodland, characterized by Acacia’s and Marula tree species. The reserve has over 70 Mammal species and an exceptional diversity of birdlife.
The Zululand Rhino Reserve was established in 2004 and comprises of 17 landowners who have dropped their internal fences to create a big 5, endangered species reserve. The WWF Black Rhino Range Expansion Project was the conduit for the formation of the reserve.
The Reserve was chosen as a release site for the WWF Black Rhino Range Expansion Project and in 2005 a founder population of black rhino were released into their new home. In 2009 the reserve was proclaimed as a Nature Reserve under the Protected Areas Act 57 of 2003 acknowledging the reserve as a site of biodiversity importance that makes essential contributions to the conservation of species and habitats and is an important system that provides ecosystem services.
To develop a pristine protected area as a conservation site for indigenous and endangered species in northern Kwazulu-Natal.
To actively conserve the biodiversity of the reserve including the landscapes, ecosystems and processes upon which this biodiversity depends, in particular to actively promote the conservation of black rhino. To assist all members of the reserve to ensure the sustainable use of consumptive & non-consumptive resources.
ONLY R1100 Per person per night sharing, Includes 3 meals plus 2 game drives. Subject to availability valid 9-26 April
Last Minute Specials
Book accommodation on any of the following dates at R1195 per person per night sharing: Sunday 7th April – 4 chalets
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This black rhino male was seen by our rhino tracker, this picture shows the strength of stature in these rare animals– 01/02/2013
This cheetah male was spotted in a tree surveying the land on a warm Zululand day– Bayete Zulu 23/01/2013
This Male lion was spotted grooming all the usual bits by Rhino River Lodge staff– Rhino River Lodge 29/01/2013
Buffalo seen wallowing in the mud after a long hot day by leopard mountain staff– Leopard Mountain 25/01/2013
Rambo and Rachel were seen cooling off in one of our over flowing rivers– Bayete Zulu 19/01/2013
Gorgeous Zululand sunrise captured by leopard mountain staff– Leopard Mountain 03/02/2013
Big 5 Walking Safaris
This email address is being protectedAfrica on foot is something that nobody will forget. “Walk with one of our experienced guides as they lead you professionally through the African Bushveld. Encounter some of Africa's larger game like the BIG 5, Hyena, Hippo, Cheetah and get closer to some of the smaller animals, such as insects and reptiles”
Contact +27 (0) 86 111 4789 or +27 (0) 76 412 1131 or
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaSThe area is known for its diverse bird life, and is one of the top ten bird-watching areas in Southern Africa.
Over 450 species have been recorded and the bird watching is excellent all year round!
Day Tours include:
· Jozini Dam tiger fishing
· Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve
· uMkhuze Game Reserve
· Hippo and Croc tour in St. Lucia Wetland Park
· Whale watching (seasonal)
· Sodwana scuba and snorkel trips
· Cape Vidal beach
Art & Culture Tours include:
· Ilala Weavers
· Emdoneni Art Gallery
· Zamimpilo market
· Dumazulu cultural village
Educational Tours include:
· Emdoneni rehabilitation centre
· Elephant interaction
· Zulu Croc Reptile Centre
LION CALL UP
The 5th March 2013 was an exciting day for the Zululand Rhino Reserves Lions, the last of the tracking collars was removed from our Lioness. A call up was done to entice the female onto a carcass, where she was then darted and the collar removed. Our Lions have settled into the reserve well and are now being seen regulaly by the game drive vehicles, they are so relaxed that last week guests from some of the lodges were lucky enough to see them mating! We look forward to following their progress and are interested to see how the dynamics of the two groups will work
BLACK RHINO DART
On the 21st of February 2013 the Zululand Rhino Reserve darted two black rhino males so that we could notch and microchip them. This is a harmless operation done with all our black rhino for monitoring and security reasons. Darting black rhino is a difficult task due to the thick vegetation they live in, tracking black rhino in thick bush can be very dangerous since they have fantastic hearing and can be extremely aggressive. Usually a helicopter is called in and a vet darts them from the chopper. It went very well and we were even able to dart a black rhino which has been eluding us for quite some time.Read more...