Mbuluzi Game Reserve

This offers a peaceful retreat on the banks of the croc-filled Mlawula River. The top activity here is self-guided wildlife safaris to see animals such as giraffe, zebra, kudu, jackal, wildebeest, and nyala during the day and possibly hyena, genets, servals, and honey badgers during the night.

Birding is also particularly rewarding with more than 300 species, including the beautiful Narina trogon. Visitors can hike the well-marked web of nature trails, mountain bike along jeep tracks, and cast a line for fish in the two rivers.

Accommodation is varied. Options range from riverfront campsites and safari tents to several family lodges.

Although the reserve lacks any of the Big Five (leopard, lion, elephant, buffalo, and rhino), guests have free entry to neighbouring Mlawula Game Reserve and Hlane Royal National Park, with its white rhino and elephant.