After a severe drought, it can take a while for things to get back to normal.

Often what happens during a drought is animals stop or slow down their breeding cycles due to stress and lack of food and water. This is because they are aware that having any offspring would be difficult to look after under such strenuous conditions. During this time, the population levels tend to drop slightly until they feel ready and happy that there is enough of everything to go around.

Well, it seems that the time of plenty has arrived here in Manyoni Private Game Reserve! Thanks to all the wonderful rain that we have received, the fauna and flora are once again beginning to flourish. This is great to see as we are heading into winter, which is the dry season here in Zululand.


We are offering special rates for the whole month of June! This includes our normal all-inclusive offerings, and also a self-catering special. Please get in touch with us for more information.


The Manyoni Private Game Reserve recently released an 18-month old female cheetah into the reserve to help diversify the gene pool. She travelled all the way from Rietspruit Game Reserve in the Limpopo area and seems to be settling in very well. Watch a video of her release here.


Our three wild dogs recently settled in a remote area of the game reserve and all indications are that they have denned and hopefully, puppy sightings will follow suit. We will have to wait and see what the next month reveals!


It seems that all these special animals are finding homes this year, as we have also found a spotted hyena den, and after monitoring it for a couples weeks, we finally witnessed the puppies emerging to explore the world.


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Rhino River Lodge is a Big 5 safari lodge in KwaZulu Natal. It is situated along the shore of the Msunduze River in the southern section of the Zululand Rhino Reserve. This 23,000 hectare private game reserve is located in the very heart of Zululand , 30kms North of the Hluhluwe Game Reserve. It’s in an area renowned for its African wildlife and rich cultural heritage. The private game lodge offers you an intimate and comfortable safari experience.

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