Nsumo Pan is a shallow lake that is feed by the Mkhuze river, located on the east central part of the park. Here is the best spot in the game reserve to find water birds as well as crocodile and hippo. There are a couple of platforms on the edge of the lake but they are not hides, unfortunately.
Some of the birds that I spotted here are as follows:
Great White Egrets
Yellow billed stork
Wooly Headed stork
The MKUZI GAME RESERVE is situated in northern Zululand, approximately 335 km from Durban along the mainNorth Coast road. The reserve was established in 1912 and comprises approximately 36,000 hectares.
A road network of 84 km traverses a variety of bushveld habitats, which offer excellent game-viewing.
Animals to be seen in the reserve include: black and white rhinoceros, giraffe, nyala, blue wildebeest, warthog, eland, hippo impala and kudu.
Over 400 species of birds have been recorded in the reserve. Two bird-watching hides have been erected next to the Nsumo Pan.
There are about 35 elephants in Mkuze. They all use to be in the south of the park and very difficult to see. Well they are still very difficult to find but are in the northern section of the park along the Mkuze River and at Nhlonhela Pan. There is more water up here and there is plenty of vegetation.
If you can see if you can come up to the Nhlonhela Bush Camp. The rangers let me go up to the camp to see the elephants because there were no clients staying at the camp. When I got to the camp a ranger took me down along the river to spot the elephants. The views along the river are nice and the ranger was extremely friendly and informative.
The Kumasinga Hide here is one of the most amazing hides I have ever seen. You can sit by the hours and watch the animals. The hide is situated directly over the water hole. You are only just a few meters away from the animals as they come and drink and they don't know you are there. We drove all over the park and did see very much. But here at the hide, all the animals come to drink. We sat here by the hour and just watched the animals come and go including:
The purple crested lourie, the paradise whydah, and blackcollared barbet were some of the more interesting birds spotted here.
When you are really close to the animals and there is no interference with the sound (being restricted to a car with the car noise) you really get another sense of what is going on by hearing.
I would recommend you do not disturb these Ants that have worked so hard building this
big pile of dirt, you never know with those