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At the foot of the legendary Ghost Mountain lies the privately owned 4 Star Ghost Mountain Inn - the perfect setting to experience the allure of Africa in stylish comfort. This intimate and beautiful hotel is in the heart of South Africa's Zulu Kingdom and is the ideal location from which to explore the array of game and coastal reserves in Maputaland and the Elephant Coast.

Nature enthusiasts will appreciate the abundance of wildlife and scenic splendours during game drives in uMkhuze, Manyoni and Hluhluwe game reserves, cultural excursions, guided walks and boat cruises on Lake Jozini.  All in the company of knowledgeable rangers of Ghost Mountain Safaris.  Tiger Fishing is arranged on Lake Jozini while birders can enjoy one of Southern Africa’s top birding destinations with over 450 species.

Alternatively escape and be pampered at the Ghost Mountain Spa.  Enjoy body treatments using organic African ingredients or a Dermalogica facial treatment.  The spa features a steam room and relaxation area with private plunge pool to rest in between treatments.   Those who prefer the relaxing sound of birdsong and the warmth of the African sun will find their respite at one of the two pools set within the indigenous gardens.

Unwind in your comfortable en-suite bedroom complete with television, tea and coffee making facilities, minibar, and air conditioning or take in the golden African sunset from your very own garden patio.  The Inn offers 23 Standard Rooms, 26 Superior Rooms, 21 Mountain Rooms and 4 spacious Suites.  Two rooms are wheelchair friendly.  For families, a variety of inter-leading, family and two bedrooms suites are available.

300km north of Durban, 400km south of Kruger Park and with easy access to Swaziland and Mozambique, Ghost Mountain Inn offers the ideal base, with great comfort and renowned personal service, to explore this rich and diverse region.

BIRDERS OVERVIEW

  • ACCESSIBLE WITH A 2X4 SEDAN VEHICLE

  • BIRD GUIDES

  • GUIDED AND SELF DRIVES

  • GUIDED AND SELF WALKING TRAILS

  • BIRD LISTS

  • VENUE / TRAIL MAP

  • FIELD GUIDE BOOKS

BIRD SPECIALS

Mkuze is a bird-watcher's paradise. Some of the specials one might go in search of are: Pink-throated Twinspot, Rudd's Apalis, Neergaard's Sunbird, African Broadbill, Green Malkoha, Mangrove Kingfisher, African Firefinch, Narina Trogon, Pel's Fishing Owl and the Blue Mantled Crested Flycatcher.

INFORMATION FOR BIRDERS

The Mkuze area in is a world-famous birding destination due to its diverse natural habitats that attract over 420 bird specials. Ghost Mountain Inn provides the perfect base for birders to explore this great birding destination as well the array of wildlife and coastal reserves in Zululand and the Elephant Coast.  

Enjoy a guided walk through the rare and unique giant sycamore fig forest in uMkhuze Game Reserve and hear the haunting cries of the Trumpeter Hornbill echo through the treetops. At 40,000-hectares and with several well-positioned hides, uMkhuze provides a tranquil respite from many of the reserves in the Greater Kruger area.

The 23,000-hectare Manyoni Game Reserve is another birding hotspot, with a bird list that includes Bushveld Pipit, Rudd’s Apalis, Gorgeous Bushshrike, Neergaard’s Sunbird, Green and Pink-throated Twinspots. The Golden Pipit is a particularly special sighting, along with the Lesser Moorhen, Black Coucal and Great Spotted Cuckoo.

Ghost Mountain Safaris offers specialist birding safaris, both walking and in game vehicles. We also have a BirdLife South Africa approved birding list for guests.


Simply spending time in the vast indigenous gardens of the hotel will also provide guests with some beautiful sightings and encounters too, so whether you're a weekend birder and or more serious twitcher, Ghost Mountain Inn & Safaris is the country retreat that ticks all the boxes.

The 40,000 ha Mkhuze Game Reserve is well known for its atmosphere of peace and tranquillity, drawing many return visitors. A “Big 5” game reserve, Mkhuze is a typical bushveld protected area, having great beauty and contrast in that it has extensive wetlands on its south eastern section. It is a world-renowned bird watching spot, with more than 420 recorded species on its bird list.

 

The Nsumo Pan is home to pink-backed and white pelicans, as well as an astonishing variety of other water birds according to season. 

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