DescriptionThe privately owned reserve is a part of a great . This large, newly created area of 20 thousand hectares of pristine bush is a sanctuary for black rhino and home to most of the Big 5 in addition to the 18 species of endemic game. Abu Madi game reserve has much to offer as a family holiday venue. The naturalist will be enthralled by the variety of fauna and flora. We have a great variety of spiders butterflies and beetles. For the budding dendrologist, interesting trees on our trails have been marked in accordance with the national tree number, and a booklet is available at the Lodge
ACCOMMODATION: The Lodge is an ideal family holiday venue or a restful stopover for the weary traveler wanting a peaceful night’s rest. The atmosphere is homely and comfortable and the décor bright and cheerful. Our Zulu staff service the lodge daily and are friendly and helpful.
Catering exclusively for 10, in 5 double rooms, each unit is a fully equipped for self- catering. All linen and kitchen utensils are supplied, including pooitjies, braai irons and grids for fireside cooking. Fans, Television and microwaves are supplied.
Game Viewing can be done in your own vehicle or in Abu Madi's especially adapted 4 x 4 vehicles. The roads have been set out to enable guests to enjoy the features and variety of habitats and interesting scenery.
Night Drives open up a completely different world to the visitor. They are under-taken with the Abu Madi's vehicles and with powerful spotlights.
Guided Walks, especially for newcomers to the bush or those interested in understanding more about the workings of nature with experience guides.
Hiking Trails have been cut, allowing guests to explore on foot and at their own pace. An interesting way to discover the interaction between the flora and fauna. Trail maps can be located in the main office.
Mountain biking is a fun and unusual way of exploring the bush. As Abu Madi does not support dangerous animals, this can be done in safety - remembering the bush is a place of tranquillity and safety for the animals too.
Bird watching can become a passion, even to beginners who leave Abu Madi surprised at how many birds they have seen, identified and enjoyed
Tree Hides are an ideal way of watching, undetected, the animals and birds. There are three hides on Abu Madi - also a great place to spend a night!
Interpretation Courses are fun as well as informative and can be conducted from the Bush Camp or Lodge. These can last over a couple of days or extend to a few weeks. Especially designed for individual requirements, prior notice must be given in order to organise these courses. Guest lecturers would be brought in if the need arose for extensive in-depth interpretation.
Youth Groups have been held very successfully at Abu Madi. Due to the variety of experiences in the bush, there is a great deal for youngsters (and oldies!) to do and enjoy.
From open acacia canopy woodland to low lying hills and rocky outcrops, these variable eco-systems support a variety of wildlife, including the majestic Nyala, Kudu, Wildebeest, Zebra, Impala, Mountain Reedbuck, Waterbuck, Red Duiker, Warthog and Giraffe. Suni have been seen. Resident porcupine, with their offspring, visits the lodge most nights.
Over 310 species of birds have been recorded at Abu Madi. With the good cross-section of habitats on Abu Madi, there is an excellent variety of species.
Due to the diverse topography of Abu Madi and North Zululand, this region is renowned for its great variety of fauna and flora. Abu Madi Game Ranch has an impressive range of habitats and vegetation. As well as many of the better-known trees and shrubs, Abu Madi has many rare and interesting species.
Butterflies and Insects
An extraordinary variety of insects fascinate the experienced, as well as the novice, entomologist. A wonderful sight is the butterflies amongst the shady trees along the riverbed during spring.
The Msegane river meanders scenically through the reserve and offers excellent bird and game watching opportunities. The riverine bush provides a habitat for the shy bush buck and suni as well as pink throated twin spots and the purple crested lourie. A booklet of the Birds of Abu Madi is available at the lodge. The swimming pool, cool patios and the shady gardens at the lodge provide refuge for those wishing only for peace and quiet.
DirectionsFrom Durban: Take the N2 toll highway north to Zululand. Pass Empangeni, Hluhluwe, pass a Nyala 1 stop filling station sign. At the Mkuze village signboard turn left to Bongonongo (Mkz village to the right) Drive for only 1km until you see the D240 sign. Turn left onto the D240 and drive for 6km. On the right hand side you will see the Abu Madi sign at the entrance gate.