Discover the magic of Manyoni Private Game Reserve

Manyoni Private Game Reserve

Conveniently located within a three-hour drive from Durban and a six-hour journey from Johannesburg, Manyoni Private Game Reserve is one of KwaZulu Natal’s largest privately owned game reserves. Spanning 23,000 hectares, this reserve is the collaborative effort of seventeen committed landowners who dismantled their fences in 2004, forging a single, expansive protected habitat for our wildlife.

Nestled in the heart of Zululand, a region that is world renowned for its spectacular game viewing, rich cultural heritage, and conservation history, Manyoni Reserve holds a significant place.

Initially established as part of the World Wildlife Fund’s Black Rhino Range Expansion Initiative, Manyoni has since evolved into a premier big five safari destination in KZN, marked by a steadfast dedication to endangered species conservation.

Zululand Conservation Trust

Established in 2011, the Zululand Conservation Trust partnered with Manyoni Private Game Reserve with a commitment to community upliftment and the conservation of endangered species – specifically black and white rhino, pangolin and wild dog, as well as the newly established Zululand Rhino Orphanage.

The Trust invites volunteers who have a true love for wildlife and conservation to be involved in some behind the scenes conservation and reserve management activities that might be happening during their stay.

Only volunteers who are physically fit, able to work as a team and are prepared for hard work and long hours, will be considered.  Volunteers will also have to make their own travel arrangements.

Activities are many and varied and may include assisting with boma cleaning, K9 training and tracking, wildlife monitoring with telemetry equipment, camera trap set up and checks, community work, night patrols, and many more.  There may be game counts and the possibility to participate in veterinary work.

Accommodation and Facilities for Volunteers

A newly built tented camp consists of accommodation for ten volunteers.  Each tent has an ensuite bathroom and sleeps two with bedding and bath towels provided.  Electricity and free Wi-Fi and fully equipped kitchen provides space for volunteers to cook their own meals.

The Volunteer program is a great opportunity to make a difference and create lasting memories.  Every volunteer contributes hands on to conservation projects that have a real impact on communities and the environment.

For general inquiries Zululand Conservation Trust may be contacted at

Accommodation at Manyoni Private Game Reserve

Accommodation options cater to a diverse range of preferences and budgets. From luxury safari lodges and guest houses to exclusive homesteads, self-catering facilities, luxury tents and hotels, visitors are spoiled for choice.

Amenities feature luxury linen, flat-screen TVs, private decks, braai areas, swimming pools, outdoor showers, Wi-Fi access, air conditioning, fans, tea/coffee facilities, and designated leisure areas including bomas and children’s playgrounds.

There are eleven high class lodges located on the reserve for guests to enjoy if they are seeking an exclusive and luxurious getaway in Natal.


A wealth of activities awaits visitors at Manyoni, including guided game drives led by knowledgeable rangers in open vehicles.

Beyond the wilderness, Manyoni offers conservation activities whereby guest can experience the behind the scenes conservation work.  Join the Anti-poaching ranger, handlers and k9’s on a k9 man trailing training session or join the conservation team on a rhino horn trimming procedure

The Reserve also offers tailor made conservation experiences for corporate groups, fostering engagement and awareness.

Contact Details

For more information or to make a reservation at Manyoni Private Game Reserve, call 035 595 8550 or email  

Manyoni Private Game Reserve may be found at D464 district road, Mkuze, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.  Find them on Google Maps.

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