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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa


Afrikaans name: Mkuze

Mkuze town


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Mkuze is a small town situated in north-eastern KwaZulu-Natal. It is approximately 350 km north of Durban.

One of the features of the town is 'Ghost Mountain' which is nearby. This 528-metre-high mountain is said to have been the scene of bloody battles and is the location for the burial sites of local chiefs. There are many legends surrounding the events that may have occurred on this mountain. Some say that the silhouette of the mountain resembles the head of a witch.

Mkuze Game Reserve, which is located nearby, is one of the top birding destinations in South Africa. Over 400 species of birds have been recorded in this 40,000 hectare reserve. It is also well-populate with a variety of mammals including Lion and Elephant. Besides Mkuze Game Reserve there are a number of smaller private game reserves.

The town itself is small with little accommodation or other housing but it is a busy settlement serving the surrounding farms, game farms and other industries. There are, however, numerous places to stay in the surrounding area. The area around Mkuze is used for sugar cane plantations as well as some cattle and timber.

Mkuze weather


The town is situated just off the N2 highway which runs the length of KwaZulu-Natal.


References and further reading

Book of the Road - 4th edition - Author: MapStudio - Year Published: 2019 - Page: 131

Conolly's Guide to Southern Africa - Author: Denis Conolly - Year Published: 1982 - Page: 214

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 253

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