Abu Madi Game Ranch

Location: South Africa » Kwazulu Natal » Elephant Coast » Mkuze

Abu Madi Game Ranch Self-catering accommodation in Mkuze Kwazulu Natal

3 Star
Name of hostsAbu Madi Game Ranch
Tel:+27 (0)35 573 1233
Cell+27 (0)84 441 6424

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The privately owned reserve is a part of a great Zululand Rhino Reserve. 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

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

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

Guided Walks, especially for newcomers to the bush or those interested in understanding more about the workings of nature with experience guides.

Hiking Trails

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Archaeology - some interesting 'finds' in the form of stone-age tools have been found in the gullies.

The Animals

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.

The Birds

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.

Amongst the specials are Green and Pink-throated Twinspots, Jameson's Firefinch, Heuglin's Robin, Rudd's Apalis, Purple-banded and Marico Sunbird and Paradise Whydah. The African longtailed Shrike, Red-crested Korhaan, Dark Chanting Goshawk and Giant Eagle Owls are sometime seen. The Pearlspotted Owl, Red-billed Hornbill and both the Helmeted and Crested Guineafowl are resident.

Amongst the raptors the Martial, Tawny, Brown Snake, Blackbreasted Snake Eagles and the Bateleur are regular, whilst the Wahlberg's Eagle has nested here. The White-backed, Lappet-faced and White-headed Vultures are regularly seen, and the Cape Vulture is sometime found in the area.

A comprehensive bird list, in the form of a booklet, has been compiled by renowned birders, and is available for guests.

Many birders choose Abu Madi for the Annual National Birding Day.

The Trees

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.

Abu Madi has produced a booklet featuring 90 of the most interesting, as well as common, tree species occurring in the area. Providing an identification guide, sketches of the leaves, the booklet also provides information regarding medicinal, traditional and historical uses of each 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.

Not to be forgotten, but greatly enjoyed, are the spiders, reptiles and 'little things' like the dung beetles, ant-lions and gorgeous dragonflies.

GAME AND WILDLIFE: Game is approachable and easily photographed. Game drives in an open safari vehicle are offered. Tree hides are well placed for bird and game viewing.

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.


From 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.