The Somkhanda Game Reserve

somkhanda game reserve


Kudu Bush Lodge is a private camp situated on a prominent ridge in the reserve providing impressive panoramic views across the valley and hills beyond.  The beauty of this camp is that although it is set high the views are totally of the reserve, and there are absolutely no lights visible at night.

The accommodation consists of two separate units, each with a deluxe/family suite and two standard en-suite rooms, six rooms in total.  Each room has a bar fridge and tea/coffee making facilities.  The rooms and camp are serviced on a daily basis.  A total capacity of 12 adults and four children.

Groups can be accommodated on a self-catering or full board basis. For the self-catering option, a minimum booking of 8 fully paying adults is necessary.  The camp has a comfortable, central open plan kitchen/entertainment facility with a special sunrise deck.  If self-catering appeals to you but not doing the actual cooking there is also the possibility to hire a cook to prepare meals.

For groups, on a full board basis, the dining room is a short walk away.  Our kitchen offers a selection of traditional South African dishes hosted in a relaxed, informal atmosphere.  Depending on the weather meals are served indoors, on the outside deck or around the fire in the traditional boma area.  Catering to special needs if given notice is possible.

The camp has a swimming pool, which in Zululand Summers is an essential.

Scotia Camp Site is a private campsite for up to 10 tents located in a secluded location in the reserve.  Serviced with two hot showers and two toilets it is the perfect getaway for the more adventurous.  Accessible only by 4x4 the camp is booked by one group at a time so there is a minimum cost based on six people. The camp can be booked on the site only or as a fully equipped mobile safari camp with the added option of full catering.


The reserve has over 100km of 4x4 jeep tracks which guests are welcome to drive in their own 4x4s. A GPS is an essential requirement as there are no road signs.

Full board packages include one game activity per day. Self-catering packages do not include activities. Additional activities can be booked and paid for on arrival.

Unlike the traditional concept of private game lodges where the visitor experience is game drive based entertainment, on Somkhanda visitors are encouraged to encounter wildlife and the environment from the point of view of being in an enormous wildlife laboratory, where there is limitless opportunity to learn about all aspects of wildlife and the environment.

The model on which the eco-tourism operation on Somkhanda Game Reserve is based is summed up in the concept of “Science On Safari”.  So if it's a bush walk or a game drive, guests will be involved in learning and gathering valuable information needed to manage the reserve.  Even if guests are self-driving, they can download our Free Wildlife App and log their sightings.

Non-traditional game reserve activities include accompanying our interns and volunteers into the surrounding community to dip cattle (weekends only).  This is a 3-hour activity which offers a genuine insight into contemporary Zulu culture.  By prior arrangement, traditional Zulu homestays can be arranged for up to 16 people.

Walking Trails

For groups of a minimum of 6 and max of 8 people a guided, fully catered overnight hiking trail is the best way to experience the heartbeat of the wild.  The length of a trail is tailored to each group’s requirements.  Accommodation is provided in a fully equipped mobile tented safari camp with hot water and flushing toilets.

Junior Science on Safari Camps

Incorporating the adventure of a wildlife safari, hands-on learning of bush skills as well as identification of mammals, reptiles, birds and insects in one experience is what this Science on Safari adventure is all about.   Our team of wildlife and safari professionals have pulled out all the stops to ensure that this adventure is more than anything the most well “game reserved” teenager will ever have experienced. Camps are held every school holiday and available for youngsters from 13 – 15 years and 15 -17 years.

Ranger Courses

A 10 day Game Ranger Course is a unique opportunity to learn a variety of skills from experienced rangers that will enhance your knowledge and appreciation of wildlife, conservation and the African bush.  The course incorporates unique opportunities for participants to engage in practical hands-on activities while being immersed in the African bush.

Volunteering, Internships and Gap year

As part of the reserves business model the Somkhanda Academy hosts various opportunities for internships and volunteering.  Participants are under the professional mentorship and are trained to undertake research, wildlife monitoring, conservation management, eco-tourism or community service.

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